Murfreesboro, Tenn. (March 20, 2002) - For the second straight game, East Tennessee State's baseball team saw Middle Tennessee State score early and often, as the Blue Raiders swept the two-game series with a 10-4 win over the Buccaneers this afternoon. It was the fourth straight loss for ETSU.
Thanks to an error by MTSU (13-5) shortstop Chad Cooper, ETSU (6-12) struck for three unearned runs in the first. Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) led off the game and reached on Cooper's error. Traylor moved to second on a groundout by Jeremy Terry (Cumberland, Ky.) and then stole third, his 10th steal of the season. An infield single by Bryan Crouse (Kingston, Tenn.) scored Traylor with the first run of the game. Chad Boruff (Knoxville, Tenn.) was then hit, and the pair moved up a base on a groundout. Kirk Keithley (Peroia, Ill.) then delivered both runners with a two-out single down the line in right.
The Blue Raiders battled back in the home half of the inning. Chuck Akers walked to lead off the inning and moved to third on a single from Sims. With two outs, ETSU committed an error on a ball hit by Josh Archer that allowed Akers to score and a second miscue with Chad Cooper at the plate loaded the bases. Doug Kunicki brought in the second run with an RBI walk, cutting the Bucs lead to 3-2.
MTSU took the lead for good in the bottom of the second when Nate Jaggers blasted one over the left field wall with one out. The Blue Raiders then put the game away when they scored five runs in the third with two outs. Brett Carroll started the eruption with a single and a Seth Yarbrough double brought him around to score. Akers doubled home Yarbrough in the next at-bat and Jaggers smoked a third consecutive double that plated Akers. Sims ended the scoring with a screaming liner that cleared the left field wall and brought in two more runs.
Travis Horschel, MTSU's starter, was in control after the first inning and picked up the win, holding the Bucs to just two hits after the first inning until he was lifted at the start of the seventh. Reid Casey (Kingsport, Tenn.) started for ETSU and did not fair well, giving up seven earned runs in just three innings to take the loss.
Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) had three of the seven hits for ETSU and stole a base to lead the Bucs. Jagers was the top slugger for MTSU, going 3-for-5 with a double and home run, driving in four runs.
East Tennessee State will have its first game at Cardinal Park in Johnson City in its next action, hosting Binghamton on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.