SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Apr. 10, 2004) -- Wofford's sixth error of the game brought home the winning run in the 12th inning as East Tennessee State defeated Wofford, 10-9, Saturday afternoon at Russell C. King Field in Spartanburg, S.C.
A three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth by Wofford's Steve Casey forced extra innings. Trailing 9-3, Wofford scored three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Four Wofford errors in the opening three innings led to six unearned Buccaneer runs. Wofford's six errors was a season-high.
A two-out throwing error in the top of the 12th inning scored Buccaneer senior pinch-runner Troy Moock (Baton Rouge, La.) from second with the game-winning run.
Two fielding miscues in the top of the first led to ETSU's first run. The Buccaneers (16-19, 7-10 Southern Conference) then had the bases loaded with no outs. However, Terrier starter Jesse Cole escaped further damage by recording a strikeout and double-play grounder.
The Terriers (10-17, 3-11 SoCon) evened the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Casey.
Two more Terrier errors in the third led to five unearned runs and a six-run ETSU inning. The big blow was a three-run homer by sophomore designated hitter Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.). Sophomore center fielder Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) and sophomore right fielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) had run-scoring doubles in the inning while sophomore first baseman Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) added an RBI single.
David Long's two-run homer to center cut the Wofford deficit to 7-3 in the bottom of the third. He added another two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth to bring the Terriers within 9-5.
Following Long's second roundtripper, Stephen Johnson gave Wofford back-to-back homers as his shot over the left-center wall cut the Terrier deficit to 9-6.
A Buccaneer error and a hit by pitch with one out in the bottom of the ninth preceded Casey's three-run blast that forced extra innings.
Buccaneer senior lefty Josh Kite (Greeneville, Tenn.) earned the win (1-2) by holding Wofford to one run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out seven without walking a batter.
ETSU senior starter Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) allowed five runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked four.
Cole went three innings, allowing just one earned run. Six runs against him were unearned.
Chad McGill allowed just two runs, both earned, on five hits in six innings of relief. He struck out one and walked one. McGill had only thrown six innings on the year entering the game.
Charles Vartanian (2-5) took the loss despite not allowing a hit or earned run in three innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Traylor, Byrne, Church, Calicutt and sophomore third baseman Greg Roberts (Douglas, Ga.) paced the Bucs with two hits each. Traylor scored three runs while Church and Calicutt drove in three.
Long's two homers for Wofford give him a team-high 10 roundtrippers on the year. Casey and Johnson tied with Long for the Wofford lead with two hits on the afternoon.
The Terriers and Buccaneers close their series tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. from Russell C. King Field in Spartanburg, S.C.