KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Apr. 26, 2005) - East Tennessee State used solid pitching and timely hitting to defeat Virginia Tech, 5-3, in the Kingsport Classic Tuesday night from Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tenn. It is ETSU's second win of the season against the Hokies, as the Bucs also defeated Virginia Tech 5-4 on Apr. 19.
The Bucs added to their lead with a run in the bottom of the third. Byrne and Moore led off the inning with back-to-back singles. With one out, Byrne stole third then crossed the plate on a throwing error.
ETSU ran its lead to 3-0 with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Virginia Tech cut ETSU's lead to one with a two-run rally in the top of the seventh. Sheldon Adams led off the inning with a single to left, followed by a walk by Nate Parks. Matt Foley then hit into a fielder's choice, giving the Hokies runners on first and third. The runners would score as Jose Cueto hit a sacrifice fly to right and Jose Rojas hit an RBI double to right-center. The Hokies looked as they had tied the game with a single by Matt Hacker, but Rojas missed third base and was called out on an appeal.
The Buccaneers responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Junior shortstop Chuck Hargis (
The Hokies put their final run on the board as Warren Schaeffer hammered the first pitch he saw with two outs in the top of the eighth over the left field wall.
ETSU starter Jeremy Hall (Gray, Tenn.) pitched three scoreless innings to earn his ninth win of the season (9-1), tying him for the NCAA Division I lead. He allowed one hit, hit a batter and struck out one.
Buccaneer junior lefty Brian Lovett (
Ryan Kennedy was charged with the loss (4-5), allowing five runs (two earned) on eight hits in 6.2 innings. He also struck out six and walked three in the loss.
Byrne, Moore and Douglas each had two hits for the Bucs while Byrne scored two runs and
The Bucs return to action tomorrow afternoon as they host Radford at 3 p.m. from