STARKVILLE, Miss. (Mar. 2, 2003) - East Tennessee State put four runs on the board against #12 Mississippi State on Sunday, but the Bulldog bats were too much for the Buccaneers as MSU defeated ETSU, 11-4, from Dudy Noble Field from Starkville, Miss.
For the third consecutive game, Mississippi State put multiple runs on the board early, scoring six times in the first two innings. Bulldog starter Todd Nicholas held the Bucs scoreless in the first two frames, as the Bucs stranded five runners on base.
ETSU broke through to score their first run in the third. Junior outfielder Bo Calloway (Knoxville, Tenn.) singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After moving to third on a fielder's choice by freshman catcher Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.), Calloway would cross the plate on a fielder's choice by freshman designated hitter Beau Alford (Johnson City, Tenn.). The Bucs had an opportunity to put more runs on the board, but left the bases loaded.
After going scoreless in the bottom of the third, the Bulldogs put the game out of reach by tallying five runs in the next four innings. The Buccaneers scored two runs in the top of the sixth as sophomore shortstop Justin Clear (LaFollette, Tenn.) scored on a double by sophomore outfielder Kevin Brotherton (Erwin, Tenn.) and junior second baseman Andy Howdeshell (Maryville, Tenn.) crossed the plate on a ground out by senior first baseman Chad Boruff (Knoxville, Tenn.).
East Tennessee State put their final run on the board in the top of the seventh as junior outfielder Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) was hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored on a single by Howdeshell.
Freshman pitcher Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.) was charged with the loss for the Bucs, running his record to 1-1. He pitched four innings, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits. Jamie Gant (1-0) picked up the victory for Mississippi State, pitching the fifth inning and allowing two walks and striking out two Bucs.
Howdeshell went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for the Bucs. Brotherton, Boruff and Alford also drove in runs on the afternoon, while Calloway, Clear and Turner also scored runs.
Second baseman Tyler Scarbrough led the Bulldogs, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Center fielder Joseph Hunter also went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. First baseman Matthew Brinson led MSU with three hits on the day.
East Tennessee State returns to the diamond on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when they face another SEC opponent, Kentucky, from Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky. The Bucs will return home on Thursday to play William and Mary at 3 p.m. from Cardinal Park in Johnson City.