Johnson City, Tenn. - Georgia Southern's John Durik went 2-5 with two home runs and five RBIs to lead the Eagles in a 9-3 win over East Tennessee State at ETSU's Cardinal Park. The win gave the Eagles a three-game series sweep of the Bucs.
Georgia Southern (14-11, 7-2 Southern Conference) struck for three runs in the first, second and eighth to secure the win. ETSU (6-16, 4-8 Southern Conference) scored one in the fifth, the eighth and one in the ninth.
Georgia Southern's scoring began in the first when Buc starter Shannon Carter plunked lead-off man J.R. Revere and the Eagles' Durik followed with a two-run homer. Matt Easterday stroked a single to left, stole second and scored on a base hit by Scott Henley. The Eagles led 3-0 after the first.
Durik belted his second home run of the game, a three-run shot, in the second inning to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead. Carter helped himself in the fifth by knocking in ETSU's first run with a single to right center that plated Jeremy Terry. Later in the frame, the Bucs loaded the bases but Eagle starter David Ray got Nathan Copeland to ground out to the shortstop and end the threat. The Bucs loaded the bases again in the sixth but couldn't manage a run off Ray.
Ray pitched six innings, allowing six hits and one run to improve to 5-1 on the season. Carter pitched five innings, allowing six runs on six hits, and fell to 1-3 on the season.
Buccaneer pitching held Georgia Southern without a hit from the third inning to the seventh inning when Ryan Flemming led off the frame with a double. ETSU reliever Josh Warner ended the Eagles' rally by getting Durik to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.
The Eagles increased their lead to 8-1 with a two-run shot by Scott Henley in the eighth. With two outs in the inning, a Flemming double scored Dustin Langley to give Georgia Southern an eight-run advantage.
Freshman Chad Boruff belted his third home run of the season, second of the series, in the eighth to close the gap to 9-2. Ryan McKinney nailed his third home run of the season in the ninth to close the scoring at 9-3. Danny Pugh went 3-4 for the Bucs.
ETSU will return to action on Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. when it hosts SEC-rival Tennessee.