Johnson City, Tenn. (April 14, 2002) - East Tennessee State's baseball team completed a Southern Conference sweep for the second weekend in a row, finishing off VMI this afternoon with an 8-3 win over the Keydets at Cardinal Park. Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings to pick up the win, while Chad Boruff (Knoxville, Tenn.) went 4-for-4 at the plate with two home runs to lead the Buccaneers to the win.
Boruff struck for his first round-tripper in the first, blasting a shot over the wall in left after Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) had reached on an error by the VMI second baseman.
ETSU (14-20, 7-8 SoCon) bumped its lead up to 5-0 after a three-run fourth. Boruff and Kirk Keithley (Peroia, Ill.) started the inning with infield singles before Jeremy Terry (Cumberland, Ky.) brought both runners home with a triple down the line in right. Ryan Hyder (Erwin, Tenn.) then plated Terry with a sacrifice fly to right.
Another three-spot in the seventh gave the Bucs a commanding 8-0 lead. With one out Moore again reached on an error by the second baseman and this time it was Brandon Cross (Bluff City, Tenn.) who brought him home, launching his second home run of the weekend to left. Boruff followed with his second blast of the day to make it 8-0.
Turner was in control for most of the game, at one point striking out eight of 10 hitters early in the contest. VMI (8-24, 0-14 SoCon) got to Turner for a run in the eighth when the Keydets got doubles from Ben Rand and Andy Barden.
VMI got two more in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Matt Cage led off and was hit by the pitch, forcing Turner from the game. Jarrod Hyder (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came on in relief and promptly gave up an RBI double to Duke Acors. He later scored on a sac fly from Jon Hadra before Hyder got Zach Kennedy to ground out to end the game.
Boruff led the 11-hit ETSU attack, with his four hits giving him three RBIs and three runs scored. Acors had a pair of hits to lead VMI.
Turner picked up his second win of the year, allowing two runs and six hits in his eight innings, striking out 13 against just one walk. VMI starter Phil Hendrix allowed 10 hits and all eight runs in his 6.1 innings to take the loss for the Keydets.
Next on the schedule for the Bucs will be a trip to Knoxville to take on Tennessee on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.