JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Apr. 17, 2004) - East Tennessee State sophomore righty Jeremy Hall (Gray, Tenn.) pitched a complete-game seven-hitter and senior lefty Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) followed with another complete-game gem as the Bucs swept a doubleheader from Appalachian State, 13-3 and 8-3, Saturday afternoon from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn.
With the victories, ETSU extended its winning streak to six games and moves to 19-19 on the season, 10-10 in Southern Conference play. The Mountaineers fall to 5-29, 3-17 in SoCon games.
The Bucs got Hall an early lead, scoring game one's first run in the bottom of the second. Sophomore first baseman Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a walk by senior shortstop Andy Howdeshell (Maryville, Tenn.) and advanced to third on a bunt single by sophomore designated hitter Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.). Church would cross the plate on a passed ball.
Appalachian State tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth. Justin Lee led off the inning with a single to left field then moved to third on a throwing error. He would score on a two-out single to right by Kevin Butler.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Buccaneer offense caught fire, scoring 12 runs over their final five innings. In the fourth, Howdeshell scored on an RBI single by freshman first baseman David Yates (Douglasville, Ga.). Sophomore third baseman Greg Roberts (Douglas, Ga.) then followed with an RBI single to score Calicutt.
The Bucs plated three more runs in the fifth on an RBI double by Church and a towering two-run homer to center by Howdeshell. Roberts hit a two-run homer of his own in the seventh, extending ETSU's lead to 8-3.
ETSU put game one away in the eighth, tacking on five more runs. Church, Calicutt, Roberts and sophomore second baseman Josiah Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) drove in runs with singles while sophomore right fielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) laced a two-RBI double.
Hall (6-4) allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. He pitched well to get out of some jams early that could have easily changed the complexion of the game. Appalachian State starter Scott Clark was charged with the loss (2-6) after allowing six runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings.
Church and Roberts led the Bucs at the plate in game one, each going 3-for-4. Church scored three runs while Roberts drove in four. ASU was paced by Butler and Doug Fowler, who each had two hits.
ETSU again jumped out to an early lead in game two, going up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Freshman left fielder Steven Douglas (Kennesaw, Ga.) reached on a fielder's choice with two outs. He moved to second as Church was hit by a pitch and scored on a single by Howdeshell.
The Mountaineers fought back, tying the game at one in the top of the third. Joe Norton hit a one-out triple down the right field line, then scored on a subsequent ground out by Fowler.
East Tennessee State took the lead for good, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third. Byrne walked to lead off the frame, and would later score on a double by Church. Glafenhein drove in Church with a two-out single and Howdeshell crossed the plate as Roberts reached on an error.
But Appalachian State did not go quietly, scoring another run in the top of the fifth to cut the Buccaneer lead to 4-2. Norton hit a two-out single and scored on a triple by Fowler.
The game would stay 4-2 until the Bucs took control with four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Roberts and freshman catcher John Weddle (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit RBI singles in the inning while Church scored on a wild pitch and Calicutt scored on a passed ball.
ASU scored their final run of the game on a solo homer by Jordan Eubanks in the top of the ninth.
Turner (5-5) was dominant in game two, striking out 12 while walking none. He allowed three runs while scattering eight hits. Appalachian State starter Nick Peterson (1-8) pitched well but was charged with the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in seven innings. He also walked five while striking out six.
Every Buccaneer starter had one hit while Roberts drove in three runs and Church and Howdeshell scored twice. Norton went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Appalachian State while Fowler drove in two runs.
The Buccaneers and Mountaineers conclude their three-game weekend series Sunday at 1 p.m. from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn.