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Bucs Drop Doubleheader At Wofford In SoCon Baseball Opener
Saturday, March 09, 2002Spartanburg, S.C. (Mar. 9, 2002) - Wofford rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 5-3 victory over East Tennessee State in the first game of a doubleheader before completing the sweep with a 13-3 win in game two this afternoon at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, S.C. In their fifth season of SoCon play, the Terriers have opened with a 2-0 league record for the first time. Wofford's 12-6 overall mark represents its best start to a season since the 1991 team was 13-5 after 18 games. ETSU drops to 5-7, 0-2. The teams will meet again at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. Terrier shorstop Tony Carbone was 5-of-6 at the plate in the two games. Second baseman Kyle Raulinaitis and third baseman Matt Lein both had two hits in each contest. Lein totaled three RBI on the day while Raulinaitis drove in two. The Terriers trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the eighth in the opening game when Scott Holloway, who went 3-for-3, led off the inning with a single. After being sacrificed to second by Raulinaitis and advancing to third on a Carbone fly out, Holloway scored the tying run when Lein lined a two-out single to left. Strat Stavrou followed with a triple to left center to score Lein with the go-ahead run. Stavrou then scored on a wild pitch to increase the Wofford lead to 5-3. The Buccaneers had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth when Matt Traylor hit a one-out double and scored on a single by Jeremy Terry. George Lehr (5-0) picked up the victory by tossing the final 1.2 innings in relief for Wofford. Lehr, who had to bat for himself after designated hitter Chris Cotugno moved to first base, also picked up his first collegiate base hit with a double in the eighth inning. Terrier starter Tate Osterman allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out three and not walking a batter in 7.1 innings. The Buccaneers threatened in the ninth with runners on second and third and one out. However, Lehr got Ryan Hyder to pop to short and Davis Burklin on a foul out to the catcher to end the game. Terry had two hits and two RBI to lead ETSU in the first game. Buccaneer starter Reid Casey surrendered just two earned runs on 11 hits in seven innings before Jackson Simerly (0-1) took the loss in relief. Culley Kline (2-1) held ETSU to two earned runs on eight hits in seven innings for the game-two victory. Kline struck out two and walked two. The Terriers used a five-run first inning, keyed by a two-run Cotugno double, to take control early. Cotugno later added an RBI single in a six-run fourth to increase the Terrier lead to 12-2. Wofford had just two hits in the inning while drawing seven walks off Buccaneer pitching. ETSU issued a total of 12 walks in the second game which ended after six and a half innings due to the 10-run rule.
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