ELON, N.C. (Mar. 28, 2004)-- East Tennessee State scored seven runs in the first five innings and got a strong outing by senior lefty Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) en route to a 7-5 Southern Conference baseball victory from Latham Park in Elon, N.C. Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Phoenix (13-15, 8-4 SoCon) took two of the three games over ETSU (13-16, 4-8) in the weekend set.
East Tennessee State touched up Elon starter Matt McSwain for five runs, four earned, in 3.0 innings of work.
Sophomore center fielder Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) led off the game with a single for ETSU. After a fly out, junior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. Senior shortstop Andy Howdeshell (Maryville, Tenn.) then blasted a homer to left, scoring the first three runs of the game. The Bucs added a solo run in the second when sophomore second baseman Josiah Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored on a sacrifice fly from Shane Byrne.
The Phoenix cut into the lead in the bottom of the second when Grant Rembert homered to left to lead off the inning. It was not enough to start an Elon rally, however, as Turner promptly retired the next three hitters.
ETSU pushed its margin to 6-1 with two runs in the fourth when Moore singled home Glafenhein and Traylor. The lead grew to 7-1 in the fifth after a Glafenhein sac fly plated sophomore designated hitter Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.).
Elon trimmed the lead to 7-2 in the sixth with an Evan Erickson sac fly to score Rembert.
Paul Bennett led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple to begin a Phoenix rally. After a pop out, Evan Tartaglia was hit by a pitch and stole second. A walk to Drew Davis loaded the bases for the Phoenix. An infield fly brought Tyler Stevens to the plate. The Bucs should have recorded the final out of the inning on Stevens' ground ball to short, but an errant throw allowed two runs to score and put runners on the corners. Erickson then doubled into the left field corner to plate Davis, cutting the lead to 7-5. ETSU senior lefty Josh Kite (Greeneville, Tenn.) then came in to shut the door on any more Phoenix runs in the seventh, fanning the first hitter he faced.
Elon tried to get another two-out rally going in the bottom of the ninth when Stevens' infield single with two down put runners on first and second. Moore, who moved to the mound at the start of the inning, then quashed the Phoenix attempts with a strike out to end the game.
Turner (4-4) picked up the victory for ETSU going 6.0 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and four free passes. Moore picked up his fourth save of the year after pitching the ninth.
McSwain (1-3) was saddled with the loss. Brian Hensen pitched the final 6.0 innings for the Phoenix, allowing two runs on eight hits.
Six Buc players tallied two-hit performances led by Howdeshell's 2-for-5, one run, three RBI day. Moore went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI for ETSU. The Bucs finished the day with 13 hits.
Elon's offense was led by Rembert, Stevens and Erickson who each had two hits. Rembert scored two runs and drove in another, while Erickson recorded two RBI. The Phoenix had seven hits on the afternoon.
East Tennessee State returns to the diamond for a non-conference game against UNC Asheville Wednesday afternoon. First pitch between the Bucs and Bulldogs is set for 2 p.m. from Greenwood Field in Asheville, N.C.