JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 19, 2005) - East Tennessee State received solid pitching from their starters and bullpen while coming up with some clutch hits as the Buccaneers won both games of a doubleheader against Niagara, 5-4 and 3-2, Saturday afternoon from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn.
ETSU moves to 3-0 for the first time since starting the 1998 season 4-0 while
The Bucs opened the scoring in game one with a run in the bottom of the second. Junior first baseman Blake Church (
Both teams were scoreless for the next three innings until the Purple Eagles took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the top of the seventh. Andrew MacNevin and Jeff Vincent led off the frame with back-to-back solo home runs. Chris Leendertse then followed with a double down the right field line, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a single to left by Brian Clifford.
But the Bucs rallied for three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at four. With two outs, senior designated hitter Richie Billings (
The score would stay tied until the bottom of the ninth when the Bucs loaded the bases with no outs on a double by Crowe and intentional walks to Byrne and Moore. With one out, sophomore right fielder Stephen Douglas (
ETSU senior righty Michael Bauer (
Both starting pitchers were solid in game one, but neither figured in the decision. ETSU junior lefty Brian Lovett (
The Bucs were led at the plate by Church who went 2-for-5 while Crowe scored two runs and Byrne drove in two. Seven players had one hit each for the Purple Eagles.
Game two was another pitching duel between ETSU junior lefty Steven Calicutt (
The Purple Eagles took an early lead in game one with Alati's second solo home run of the day in the top of the first.
ETSU responded with a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game. Crowe walked to lead off the inning, then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch with two outs.
The Bucs took the lead by manufacturing another run in the bottom of the second. Traylor hit an infield single, stole second, then advanced to third on a groundout by freshman designated hitter Anthony Russell (
Calicutt earned the win (1-0) going six innings and allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four. Sawatzky was charged with the loss (0-1) after giving up three earned runs on six hits and striking out four while walking three.
Crowe went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a walk for ETSU while