JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 3, 2013) – Marist scored five in the third and tacked on five more in the fifth, and snapped ETSU’s eight-game home winning streak after handing the Bucs a 13-2 setback on Sunday afternoon from Thomas Stadium.
After being able to dig themselves out of a seven-run hole on Saturday night with a dramatic walk-off win in the 11th, the Blue and Gold couldn’t repeat the heroics today as sophomore right hander Jimmy Nesselt (Plantation, Fla.) suffered the loss (1-1) after allowing eight runs (five earned) on nine hits in only three innings of work. Meanwhile, senior righty Brett Houseal helped the Marist (3-4) salvage one win in the series after earning the victory (1-2) by holding the Bucs to two runs runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings of action.
Saturday's hero, Dylan Tritsch (Boca Raton, Fla.), reached base three times for the Blue and Gold as he went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored, while sophomore Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) collected his fifth multi-hit (2 for 4) game of the year and extended his hitting streak to seven straight games. Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) and Matt Sorrow (Griffin, Ga.) drove in the runs for ETSU (8-3) as Sorrow’s first hit in a Buccaneer uniform scored Alex Reynolds (Johnson City, Tenn.) in the second, while Niesman’s RBI ground out in the third brought in Tritsch.
Overall, the Bucs pounded out 10 hits on the afternoon, but only had two runs to show for it, whereas, the Red Foxes generated the season-high 13 runs on 17 hits in the winning effort.
Both teams missed their chance to grab momentum early as the Red Foxes failed to score in the top of the first. Nesselt worked out of a one out bases loaded situation by striking out two hitters looking to keep the game scoreless, while Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) was left stranded at third in the bottom half of the frame when Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) popped up to short and Niesman struck out swinging.
Again, the Red Foxes loaded the bases in the top of the second, but this time Marist struck for three runs to grab the 3-0 lead. With two outs and the bags full, Zach Shank’s single to left scored one, while Mike Orefice’s single to right brought in Matt Belitz and Alec Petrone. Nesselt stopped the bleeding momentarily by striking out Nick McQuail to leave two runners stranded.
The Blue and Gold answered with the two-out RBI single by Sorrow in the bottom of the second to cut their deficit to, 3-1, but the game continued to get away from Nesselt and the Bucs as Marist scored five runs in the top of the third to extend its lead to 8-1.
However, unlike last night, ETSU couldn’t comeback from the seven-run deficit.
ETSU scored its final run in the bottom of the third on an RBI ground out by Niesman, but the Red Foxes pushed five more across the dish in the top of the fifth and led, 13-2, after Matt Pagano’s two-out, three-run home run to left capped off the scoring for both teams.
The combination of Kameron Miller (Crestview, Fla.), Timmy Farrell (Okeechobee, Fla.), Peyton Taylor (Kingsport, Tenn.), and Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.) held Marist scoreless in the final 4.1 innings of play, but all the damage was done early off Nesselt and Kevin Marnon (Shelby Township, Mich.).
Marist had five players register multi-hit games as Shank, Pagano, and Petrone all posted three hits each.
The Bucs continue their homestand on Tuesday afternoon when ETSU hosts Appalachian State at 3:05 p.m., from Thomas Stadium.
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