COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (May 1, 2013) – Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) and Dylan Tritsch (Boca Raton, Fla.) belted two-run homers, while Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) added a solo shot in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough to lift ETSU to a series win over Tennessee Tech as the Golden Eagles defeated the Bucs, 10-6, on Wednesday night at Bush Stadium.
Green belted his fourth homer of the season in the top of the first and Tritsch pulled the Blue and Gold within four when he connected on his second round-tripper of the campaign in the seventh, but Tennessee Tech – one of the top hitting teams in the nation – recorded three home runs of its own in the four-run victory.
ETSU’s two-thru-six hitters finished with multi-hit games as Tritsch led the way with a three-hit night, resulting in his 17th multi-hit game of the season. Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) also recorded his 17th game with two-plus hits after going 2-for-5 with one double and a run scored, and Green finished with a pair of hits, marking his 16th multi-hit performance. Niesman and freshman Andrew Lasure (Stanford, Ky.) also provided the Blue and Gold with two hits in the losing effort. Overall, the Blue and Gold pounded out 14 hits.
The Bucs used six different pitchers and junior left-hander Jared Burton (Knoxville, Tenn.) suffered the loss (1-2) after being charged with the four runs on six hits in the third inning. Tennessee Tech junior right-hander Garrett Baugh improved to 4-1 on the season after allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out four and not issuing a walk. Junior Will Chesney (Knoxville, Tenn.) was the lone Buccaneer hurler to record a scoreless inning as he sent the Golden Eagles down in order in the eighth.
ETSU – who dealt Tennessee Tech its only shutout of the season last month at Thomas Stadium – saw its record move to 25-19, while the Golden Eagles won their sixth straight game to improve to 33-12.
The Bucs struck first by pushing across two runs in the top of the first, courtesy of Green’s two-run home run to left, giving the Blue and Gold the early 2-0 lead.
Tennessee Tech got on the board via the long ball in the bottom of the second when Brandon Thomasson led off the inning with a laser shot over the fence in left and James Abraham tied it at two when his sacrifice fly to right scored Daniel Miles – who worked a five-pitch walk earlier in the frame. ETSU starter Kameron Miller (Crestview, Fla.) did a good job limiting the damage to the one run as the Golden Eagles had runners on second and third with only one out, but the freshman right-hander forced Abraham into the sac-fly and got Jordan Parris to hit into an inning-ending fly out to right with the go-ahead run at third.
Unfortunately, things got away from the Blue and Gold an inning later, as Tennessee Tech scored four runs on six hits in the bottom of the third to jump out to a 6-2 lead. The first three Golden Eagles registered singles to start the inning, while three of the four runs scored via RBI singles and the fourth run was plated on a sac-fly from Miles.
The Blue and Gold got one of those runs back in the top of the fourth when Freeman recorded a one-out single to right and scored on Niesman’s double to left-center; however, with one out and runners on second and third, ETSU couldn’t push across anymore runs. Baugh struck out Jordan Sanford (Powell, Tenn.) looking and forced Chris Riopedre (Miami, Fla.) to pop out to short.
For the third straight inning, the Golden Eagles put a run on the board when Zach Stephens’ one-out RBI double to left-center plated Zach Zarzour to make it a 7-3 score through four complete innings.
In the sixth, the Golden Eagles continued to show why they are one of the top hitting teams in the nation, as Thomasson and Miles generated back-to-back solo homers to extend their lead to, 9-3.
ETSU showed some more pop late as Tritsch smashed his two-run shot in the seventh and Niesman came through with his third homer of the year in the eighth, but the Blue and Gold were unable to mount a comeback.
Eight different Golden Eagle hitters posted a hit with Stephens, Thomasson, Abraham and Dylan Bosheers finishing the night with two hits each.
The Blue and Gold continue their road swing as ETSU makes the trip to the Windy City to take on Illinois-Chicago in a three-game non-conference series beginning Friday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., from Les Miller Stadium.
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