Leading 1-0 in the third inning, right fielder John Dortch was hit by a pitch to start the frame, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Sean McCahill. Following a walk and a fly out, the Bears (33-24) strung together consecutive singles, scoring two runs. After and intentional walk loaded the bases, pitcher Ryan Howe (Spartanburg, S.C.) struck his second batter of the inning, forcing home the inning's third run. Left fielder Mark Jarvis drove home two more runs with a double down the left field line, and Dortch singled home two more in his second at bat of the inning. McCahill drove home the inning's eighth run with a single to right center, and third baseman Tyler McCarty singled to center driving in the final run and putting the Bears up 10-1.
The Bucs (29-26) strung together three consecutive hits to open the fourth inning, with senior Shane Byrne (
ETSU added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings, but never mounted a credible threat, as New contained the powerful Buccaneer offense to three runs on seven hits while striking out six in seven innings of work, improving to 9-3. Buccaneer starter Caleb Glafenhein (
The Bucs fall into the loser's bracket, and will face