Glafenhein lifts Baseball Bucs to Championship Saturday
Glafenhein lifts Baseball Bucs to Championship Saturday
Friday, May 26, 2006

DeLand, Fla. (May 26, 2006) - Junior hurler Caleb Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.), making his third start in three days, threw a complete game five-hitter as the Bucs defeated Florid Atlantic 5-1 Friday afternoon, advancing to Championship Saturday at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship presented by Progress Energy.


Glafenhein (2-4) threw the first two innings in each of the Bucs' first two tournament games, and after surrendering a second inning run on Thursday, allowed just four hits the rest of the way, at one point retiring 11 consecutive batters.  The junior also struck out three Owls and threw just 82 pitches, notching his first career complete game.


The Owls (30-28) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on second baseman William Block's sacrifice fly.  Designated hitter Mike McKenna led off the frame with double into center field, and moved to third on right fielder Anthony Albano's groundout, into position for Block's sac fly.


The Bucs (31-26) answered in the fourth inning, taking the lead on sophomore Anthony Russell's (Waldorf, Md.) two-RBI double to right center field.  Junior Stephen Douglas (Kennesaw, Ga.) led off with a single up the middle, and junior C.J. Lee (Bristol, Va.) pushed a single through the right side.  After junior Michael Courtney (Knoxville, Tenn.) sacrificed the runners over, Russell drove starter Andrew Tomlin's offering into the gap in right center field.


ETSU added an insurance run in the seventh inning, with Russell coming home oh senior Chuck Hargis' (Powell, Tenn.) double play ball.


Two more runs in the eighth cemented the Buccaneer victory.  Lee started the two-out eighth inning rally with a single to right field, and came all the way around to score on Courtney's double down the left field line.  Russell brought Courtney around with his third hit of the game for a 5-1 lead.


Russell finished the day 3-for-4 three RBI and a run scored, and four other Buccaneers collected multiple hits on the day, as ETSU pounded out 17 hits with eight of the nine starters collecting at least one.


The Bucs will play Stetson at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, and with a victory will move just one win away from their first NCAA regional bid in 25 years. Fans can watch every inning via live video streaming, and can listen to all the action through the internet or on WJCW 910 AM on the Mountain States Health Alliance Buccaneer Sports Network.