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ETSU defeats Furman in 15-14 slugfest
Saturday, March 12, 2005
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Mar. 12, 2005) - The East Tennessee State baseball team moved to 11-1 as they edged Furman, 15-14, Saturday afternoon from Furman Stadium in Greenville, S.C. The Bucs won their second-straight game in their first Southern Conference series of the season while the Paladins fell to 6-8, 2-3 in conference play.
ETSU took the early lead with two runs in the top of the first. Senior second baseman Nick Crowe (
Furman scored one run in the first on a RBI single by Matthew Betsill, then scored five runs in the bottom of the second. Nick Wajda hit a two-run homer to left field, Betsill drove home another run with a fielder's choice, Case Cassedy hit an RBI single and Joe Daysh hit a double down the right field line to bring in a run.
The Bucs scored a single run in the top of the fourth, but Furman answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore left fielder Stephen Douglas (
In the next three innings, the Buccaneer offense erupted, outscoring Furman 12-5 to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Bucs scored three runs in the fifth, three more in the sixth and six runs in the seventh.
In the fifth, ETSU tied the game as
Furman cut the Bucs' lead to one in the bottom of the sixth as pinch-hitter Sam McLain laced an RBI single to right field.
Junior third baseman Greg Roberts (
With the Bucs up 15-8, Furman rallied with four runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth, but that was as close as the Paladins would get.
In the seventh, Terry scored on a balk, Betsill hit an RBI single and Cassedy hit a two-run single down the left field line.
Furman's final two runs came as Andrew Greene crossed the plate on an error and Cassedy hit an RBI single.
ETSU freshman lefty Joey McCown (
Furman's Ben Hunter (3-1) was charged with the loss, allowing eight runs (five earned) on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. Hunter also walked three and struck out seven on the afternoon.
Crowe, Douglas and Hargis led the Bucs at the plate with two hits while Byrne paced the team with four runs scored. Church and Douglas had three RBIs in the win.
Betsill had a game-high four hits for Furman while Greene scored four runs and Cassedy had four RBIs.
The Bucs and Paladins conclude their three-game SoCon series Sunday afternoon at from Furman Stadium in