JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Apr. 11, 2012) – Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) earned his first start on the mound this season and the junior gave up just two runs in a career-high 6.2 innings of work to lift the ETSU (16-15) baseball team past Tennessee, 4-3, Wednesday night at Thomas Stadium. The Bucs have now defeated the Volunteers five consecutive times.
Doane (3-1), who earned his first start since April 13, 2011 against Furman, got the win as he gave up seven hits, while striking out a career-high seven batters in an impressive outing. Meanwhile, Jake Long (Anderson, S.C.) came on in relief to earn the first save of his ETSU career after pitching the final 2.1 innings. Tennessee (20-13) starter Carter Watson (3-2) was charged with the loss after giving up two hits and two runs in two innings of work.
Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) led the Bucs offensively as he finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) were each 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Bucs. Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the leadoff spot.
ETSU struck first in the opening inning on an RBI ground out by Freeman. Niesman led off the frame with a solid single up the middle and later moved over to second on a wild pitch. After Cory Betterson (Atlanta, Ga.) advanced Niesman to third on a ground out to the right side, Freeman grounded the 0-2 pitch from Watson to second base – allowing Niesman to easily score from third.
The Bucs extended their lead in the second inning thanks to an RBI double by Pratt. Green got the inning started by reaching base after getting hit by a pitch and later stole second. After Green advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt, Pratt drilled the 3-2 pitch from Watson deep into the left center field gap to put the Bucs in front 2-0.
Tennessee got on the scoreboard in the third inning with a run on two hits. With one-out in the inning, Will Maddox singled to left field. After Zach Luther grounded out to Doane, Drew Steckenrider doubled down the left field line to score Maddox from second.
ETSU extended its lead in the fourth when Pratt drilled an 0-2 pitch from Robbie Kidd over the right field wall for his 10th home run of the season – making the score 3-1.
The Vols got within a run once again in the fifth after Luther singled home Maddox. With one-out, Maddox got aboard on a bunt single to third base. After Maddox advanced to second on a wild pitch, Luther recorded an RBI single through the left side to make the score 3-2.
The Bucs once again took a two-run lead in the fifth inning thanks to an RBI single by Green. With one-out in the inning, Freeman recorded an infield single to the right side. After Freeman advanced to second on a ground out, Green drilled the 1-0 pitch from Kidd right up the middle to score Freeman from second.
Tennessee added a run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Zach Osborne. Chris Fritts led off the inning with a walk off of Long and later advanced to second on a single by Chris Pierce. After Richard Carter walked, Osborne delivered a sacrifice fly to right field to get the Volunteers within one at 4-3. With two-outs and runners on the corners, Long struck out Maddox on four pitches to end the threat.
Long came back out in the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to earn the first save of his ETSU career.
Maddox led the Vols at the plate with a 3-for-5 night, including two runs scored. Luther was the other Volunteer with a multi-hit game as he was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
ETSU will be back at home for a three-game series against USC Upstate beginning on Friday at 7:05 p.m. inside Thomas Stadium.
- Clinton Freeman has now reached base in 25 consecutive games after going 1-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday.
- Dylan Pratt extended his hitting streak to nine straight games
- ETSU has now defeated Tennessee five straight times.
- Kerry Doane struck out a career-high seven batters. His previous high was four, which he accomplished on two different occasions.
- The Bucs improved to a perfect 13-0 on the season when holding its opponent to less than four runs.
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