FORT MYERS, Fla. (Mar. 25, 2012) – Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) scored the game-winning run in the 10th inning and he earned the victory on the mound after tossing two scoreless innings as the ETSU baseball team clinched the series with a 2-1 extra inning victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday at Swanson Stadium.
Doane helped himself in the 10th inning with a one-out single to get the rally started. Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) followed with a walk to advance Doane into scoring position with just one-out. Then, Zach Thompson (Johnson City, Tenn.) grounded a ball to first, which looked to be a double play, but Thompson legged out the throw as the ball got away from pitcher Brady Anderson at first – allowing Doane to scamper home from third.
Doane (2-1) earned the victory by pitching the final two innings in relief of starter Jake Long (Anderson, S.C.). Long was phenomenal as he only allowed four hits and no earned runs in a career-high eight innings of work. Long also struck out a career-high eight batters, while walking just one on the day.
Brady Anderson (1-3) was charged with the loss after pitching 3.1 innings of relief, while only allowing the one run on one hit.
Meanwhile, Green led the Bucs at the plate after going 3-for-4 on the afternoon. Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.), Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.), Zach Waters (Woodstock, Ga.), Alex Reynolds (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Doane each had a hit apiece for ETSU.
After three scoreless innings to start the game, ETSU finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning as Green tripled off the right center field wall with one-out. After swinging and missing at the first pitch, Thompson dropped down a perfect bunt in which Forjet fielded and attempted to throw out Green at the plate, but Green slid in safely.
FGCU evened the score in the eighth on a two-out RBI single by Brandon Bednar – scoring Ryan Gebhart from second. Gebhart reached on a two-out base-hit and then advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt by Long as the ball got past Freeman at first. Bednar followed with a line drive single to right field to tie the game at 1-1.
ETSU returns home on Tuesday with a non-conference matchup with Radford at Thomas Stadium.
- Jake Long set new career-highs for innings pitched (8.0) and strikeouts (eight) in the game.
- With his hit in the fifth inning, Clinton Freeman has now reached base in 16 consecutive games, which ties Dylan Pratt for the longest reached bases streak of the season.
- Andrew Green extended his hitting streak to seven straight games after going 3-for-4 on Sunday.
- Sunday’s series clinching win was the first series win for ETSU at Florida Gulf Coast. The Bucs have now taken two consecutive series against the Eagles after also taking two of three last year in Johnson City. FGCU now leads the all-time series against ETSU 11-5.