Baseball Bucs sweep Campbell, move into A-Sun lead

Friday, March 24, 2006

Buies Creek, N.C. (March 24, 2006) - The ETSU baseball squad received two stellar pitching performances, and the bats came alive in game two as the Bucs swept a conference doubleheader from Campbell Friday evening at Taylor Field. 

 

The sweep, coupled with Kennesaw State's victory over Mercer earlier in the night, moves ETSU into a tie with North Florida for first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

 

The Bucs (16-9, 6-2) jumped on Camel starter Jonathan Walker in the second inning, scoring three runs on four hits; all with two outs.  Senior Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) nubbed a check-swing infield single, and advanced to second when senior Josiah Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) was struck by a pitch.  Junior John Weddle (Knoxville, Tenn.) drove in Church with a single to left.  Senior Chuck Hargis (Powell, Tenn.) brought home two more runs with a double to left center.

 

The Camels (7-16, 2-6) loaded the bases in the fifth, but senior starter Jeremy Hall (Gray, Tenn.) struck out clean up hitter David Forbes to escape the inning unscathed.

 

The Bucs offense parlayed the momentum from the fifth into a game-breaking four-run sixth inning for a 7-1 advantage.  After a groundout to open the frame, three consecutive singles plated one run and chased Walker from the contest.  Sophomore Anthony Russell (Waldorf, Md.) started the barrage with a single to left, and junior Michael Courtney (Knoxville, Tenn.) followed with a perfectly executed hit-and-run, moving Russell to third.  Church brought Russell home with the third straight ETSU single.  Two consecutive walks scored another Buccaneer run, and Hargis drove in the third of the frame on a bases loaded fielder's choice.  Glafenhein came home on the same play on second baseman Ryan Hamme's throwing error.

 

Hall (5-1) was masterful in the complete game victory, striking out eight and giving up just four hits.  The Bucs touched up Walker for seven runs on eight hits, dropping him to 1-3

 

After foin 2-for-4 in game one to extend his hitting streak, Lee was 0-for-5 in game two, snapping the streak at 13.

 

In game one, three Buccaneer pitchers surrendered 12 hits, but limited the Camels to two runs, lifting ETSU to the 3-2 victory. 

 

The Bucs took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the first frame.  Junior Stephen Douglas (Kennesaw, Ga.) drove in senior Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) from first base with a double to right center field.  After stealing third, Douglas came home on junior C.J. Lee's (Bristol, Va.) single to center.

 

After right fielder Brandon Scott cut the lead in half with a lead-off homer in the first, Church restored the Bucs two-run lead with a solo home run in the second inning, his fifth of the season.

 

After the Camels cut the lead to 3-2, junior Caleb Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) pitched the Bucs out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the lead.  With two outs in the sixth and shortstop Jacob Allen on second base, Scott delivered a single to right, but Byrne fired a strike into catcher Justin Aughey (Davie, Fla.), cutting Allen down and ending the threat.

 

With runners on the corners and only one out in the seventh, Glafenhein induced designated hitter Ricky Howard to ground into the 4-6-3 twin killing.

 

The Buc pitchers held A-Sun leading hitter Mike Priest to an 0-for-2 day at the dish, snapping his conference-high 20-game hitting streak.

 

Junior Ryan Howe (Spartanburg, S.C.) went 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts, picking up his second win of the season to improve to 2-1.  Senior Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.) pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save.  Camel starter Mike Ange (0-3) took the loss, giving up all three runs in just two innings of work.

 

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