JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Apr. 18, 2004) - East Tennessee State won its sixth-consecutive game and seventh-straight in Southern Conference play with a 14-2 victory over Appalachian State Sunday afternoon from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn. The win marked Buccaneer head coach Tony Skole's 100th victory at ETSU.
The Bucs (20-19, 11-10 SoCon), scored early and often, putting up 13 runs in the first five innings of play. Junior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) opened the scoring with a two-out double in the bottom of the first that scored senior shortstop Andy Howdeshell (Maryville, Tenn.) and sophomore first baseman Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.).
ETSU ran their lead to 3-0 with another run in the bottom of the second. Sophomore third baseman Greg Roberts (Douglas, Ga.) singled up the middle and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Sophomore designated hitter Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) brought Roberts home with a single to left field.
East Tennessee State plated three more runs on two hits in the third inning. The Bucs loaded the bases on a single by Howdeshell, a walk by Church and a single by Moore. Freshman outfielder Steven Douglas (Kennesaw, Ga.) walked to force in a run, followed by an RBI groundout by sophomore second baseman Josiah Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) and a sacrifice fly by Roberts.
Sophomore right fielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) scored ETSU's seventh run of the afternoon in the bottom of the fourth. Byrne singled to left with one out, advanced to second on a balk, stole third and scored on a throwing error.
Appalachian State (5-30, 3-18 SoCon) scored their first run of the afternoon in the top of the fifth. Joe Norton hit a single with one out, advancing to second as Byrne gunned out the lead runner, Chris Baker, at third. Doug Fowler then doubled down the left field line to score Norton.
East Tennessee State put the game away with six runs on six hits in the bottom of the fifth. Byrne and senior center fielder Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) hit two-run homers in the inning while Moore laced an RBI double and Roberts hit an RBI single.
Each team scored single runs in the top of the seventh to close out the afternoon's scoring. In the top of the inning, ASU's Norton singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Fowler.
In the bottom of the seventh, freshman pinch-hitter Matt Haynes (Cumberland, Ky.) led off the inning with a single, his first collegiate hit. After advancing to third on a double by junior Ryan Spriggs (Crossville, Tenn.), Haynes scored on a sacrifice fly by Howdeshell.
ETSU's offensive outburst was more than enough for sophomore starter Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.). Calicutt (5-5), who did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, gave up one run on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out four on the afternoon.
"Steven Calicutt has been dominant in his last three starts," commented Skole. "When he is locating his pitches like he did today, he is tough to beat."
Norton (1-5) was charged with the loss for Appalachian State, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits in four innings.
Eleven Buccaneer players had hits in Sunday's game while nine different players scored runs on the day. Church went 3-for-3 with three runs scored while Moore made a successful return to the Buccaneer lineup, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Norton went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Fowler was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Brad Peisel also has two base hits for the Mountaineers.
"I am very proud of our kids," said Skole following the game. "We got good starting pitching and came up with big hits all weekend. We are a pretty confident team right now and that is something that we have not had around here in a long time."
East Tennessee State will face UNC Asheville Wednesday night at 7 p.m. from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn.