Bucs extend season, rally for 11-10 victory over Campbell
Junior C.J. Lee went 2-for-3 with two RBI against Campbell on Thursday.
Junior C.J. Lee went 2-for-3 with two RBI against Campbell on Thursday.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

DELAND, Fla. (May 25, 2006) - The Bucs scored six runs in the seventh inning, rallying from a five run deficit, and senior Shane Byrne's (Johnson City, Tenn.) squeeze bunt in the eighth inning plated senior Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) as the Bucs defeated Campbell 11-10 in an elimination game at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship presented by Progress energy.

 

With the game tied at 10 in the eighth, and Traylor on first base, senior Chuck Hargis (Powell, Tenn.) singled through the right side, moving Traylor to third base.  Byrne stepped to the plate and laid down a perfect squeeze bunt down the first base line.  First baseman Alston Hatch's flip to the plate was not in time, and Traylor crossed with the game winner.

 

Leading 4-3 entering the seventh inning, the Bucs surrendered six runs to the Camels, but responded with six of their own in the bottom half of the inning.  ETSU started the frame with three consecutive singles, scoring one run and cutting the deficit to 9-5.  After a walk loaded the bases, Hargis singled to right field, driving in another run.  Byrne grounded out to first, scoring the inning's third run, and with men at second and third, junior Stephen Douglas (Kennesaw, Ga.) ripped a double into the right field corner, tying the game.  Junior C.J. Lee (Bristol, Va.) delivered a single to left field for a 10-9 lead, capping the rally

 

The Bucs (30-26) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, courtesy of a two-base error by Campbell third baseman Tim Holt.  Douglas delivered a one-out single, and stole second, moving into scoring position.  Lee followed with a chopper to third that squirted through Holt's legs, allowing Douglas to score.

 

Another Campbell error in the fourth inning helped extend the lead to 2-0.  Byrne reached on an error by first baseman Ryan Hamme, and after stealing second, came home on an RBI single from Douglas.

 

The Camels (19-38) tied the game in the fifth, plating two runs on three hits.  Right fielder Jeff Randol led off the frame with a single to right field, and was sacrificed to second base.  Pinch hitter Luke Reiland singled up the middle, driving in the first Campbell run.  Designated hitter Brandon Scott brought Reiland home with the game-tying run on a single into right center field.

 

Campbell loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning, and center fielder Blair Waggett lifted a sacrifice fly to left field, driving in catcher David Forbes, and giving the Camels their first lead of the game at 3-2.

 

The Bucs responded immediately in the bottom of the inning.  After a one out double by Byrne, senior Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) drove him home with a single to left field, tying the game, and Lee followed with an RBI single to left as well, and the Bucs reclaimed the lead at 4-3.

 

The lead once again did not last, as the Camels plated six runs in the seventh, setting the stage for the Bucs rally.

 

Senior Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.) pitched a perfect ninth inning, upping his record to 8-5.  Chris England (5-6) took the loss in relief of starter Quinn LeSage.

 

The Bucs face another elimination game Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.  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.

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