JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Mar. 6, 2005) - East Tennessee State had its season-opening eight-game win streak come to a close as West Virginia defeated the Bucs, 8-5, Sunday afternoon from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn. The Bucs fall to 8-1 while the Mountaineers raise their record to 3-7 on the season.
The Mountaineers added three more runs in the top of the third to make the score 5-0. Jenkins reached on an error with one out and scored as Fritz hit a triple to right field. Chad McKown followed with a towering two-run homer over the left-field wall.
ETSU began to chip away at the WVU lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Senior infielder Justin Clear (
The Bucs rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut
"I am proud of our guys," said ETSU head coach Tony Skole following the game. "We made adjustments to get back into the game."
The Bucs scored their final run of the day in the bottom of the ninth as senior catcher Caleb Moore (
Miller earned the win (1-2) for the Mountaineers, going 6.2 innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits. It is the second time Miller has defeated ETSU, as he shut out the Bucs, 4-0, last May 15 in
Dunham allowed a run on two hits in 1.2 innings of work to earn his second save of the season.
Buccaneer junior lefty Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.) was charged with his first loss of the season (2-1), allowing four earned runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He also walked one and struck out five. ETSU sophomore righty McCay Green (
Clear went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI while Hargis had his second-straight strong day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.
McKown led WVU at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Fritz also had a solid afternoon, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
"We had so many chances today, but we were not very opportunistic," commented Skole.
ETSU returns to action on Tuesday as the Bucs host Samford at from