ETSU Baseball falls to Mercer in game one, 11-4
Nick Belcher
Nick Belcher

Friday, March 14, 2008

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 14, 2008) - The ETSU baseball team fell to Mercer in game one of a three game series with Mercer Friday at Cardinal Park on Friday night, 11-4.

 

ETSU (1-13, 1-6) was out hit by the Bears 19-11 committing four errors in the game. The Bucs drew for walks, but would leave nine stranded in the loss.

 

Mercer jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second on a two-run home run by Billy Shaughnessy to left and an RBI double by Matt Crawford. In the fourth inning the Bears would score two more runs on RBI singles by Joe Winker and Mike Armstrong to make the score 5-0.

 

The Bears would increase its lead to 6-0 in the sixth on a Tyler McCarty home run to right field that just cleared the fence. The Bucs would answer in the bottom of the sixth as Nick Belcher (Abingdon, Va.) would score on a passed ball to cut the lead to 6-1.

 

In the eighth inning, Mercer would increase its lead again on a Crawford RBI double and a Michael Langley RBI single to make the score 8-1. The Bears would score again in the ninth on RBI singles by Winker and John Dortch and a grounder to short by Crawford.

 

ETSU would score three in the ninth on singles by Chaz Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Jacob Fabry (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Derek Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.) would score on a passed ball.

 

Belcher extended his hitting streak to five games as he went 2-for-5 on the game, and Fabry continued his hot hitting as he was 3-for-5.

 

 

Mercer 11, ETSU 4 (March 14, 2008 at Johnson City, Tenn.)
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MU.................030  201  023   -  11  19  0   (8-7, 5-2 A-Sun)

ETSU............ 000  001  003   -  4  11  4     (1-13, 1-6 A-Sun)

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Pitchers: ETSU - Brandon Langston; Matt McGahey (8); Jimmy Tidwell (9)
MU - Boone Webster; Dan April (7); Lath Guyer (9); Michael Shaw (9)

Win -  Boone Webster (2-1) Loss -  Brandon Langston (0-4)

HR - MU - Tyler McCarty (1); Billy Shaughnessy (1)

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