CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Apr. 9, 2005) - East Tennessee State scored four runs in the final three innings and junior third baseman Greg Roberts (Douglas, Ga.) drove in what proved to be the winning run in the ninth as the Buccaneers rallied to defeat Western Carolina, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee, N.C.
The Bucs (17-9, 7-7 Southern Conference) took their first lead of the game with two runs in the top of the eighth. Roberts had a leadoff bunt single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on an infield single by junior right fielder Shane Byrne (
ETSU padded its advantage in the top of the ninth. After a leadoff single by junior left fielder Josiah Glafenhein (
Moore, who had a big hit in the eighth, moved from catcher to the mound to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth. He did record his seventh save of the year, but it was hard earned. With one out and one on, Trey McDaniel doubled off the left-field wall, scoring Steven Strausbaugh. However,
Buccaneer junior righty Jeremy Hall (
ETSU got what ended up being a key defensive play in the one-run game in the bottom of the fifth. Shaft doubled down the left field line and Glafenhein slid to stop the ball from getting to the wall. Nate Hall tried to score from first on the play, but two solid throws, one by Glafenhein and one by shortstop Hargis, allowed Moore to make the out at home.
Barnes sat down 11 straight from the second to the sixth inning before allowing a single in the sixth. The Bucs got to Barnes again in the seventh to score an unearned run. Sophomore centerfielder Stephen Douglas (
The Catamounts answered back in the home half of the seventh. Chris Davis had a one-out infield single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jonathan Greene's RBI single to right-center.
Byrne, Hargis, Glafenhein and Roberts each had two hits for the Bucs. For the Catamounts, Shaft was 3-for-4 and Greene had two hits in four at bats. During the game, Strausbaugh and McDaniel each had hits to extend their hitting streaks to 15 and 12 games, respectively.