With the game tied at two and runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the eighth, shortstop Kevin Johnson grounded out to Ben Allen (Kingsport, Tenn.), and designated hitter Erich Holland broke for home on Allen's throw to first. First baseman Anthony Russell's (
The Bucs (26-21, 11-9) took a 1-0 lead in the first winning when sophomore Troy Mendez (Roswell, Ga.) reached to lead off the game on a hit by pitch, and came around to score on freshman Danny Petro's (Atlanta, Ga.) two-out double down the right field line.
The Hatters (35-12, 17-3), loaded the bases without notching a hit in the sixth inning, as ETSU starter Brandon Langston (Ringgold, Ga.) issued a pair of walks and hit right fielder Brian Pruitt with a 2-2 pitch. After falling behind 0-2 against Langston, Cruz drove the junior's 1-2 offering back up the middle, bringing home Stetson's first two runs.
Freshman Justin Tramble's (
Elsemiller held the Bucs to one hit in his three innings of work, improving to 2-1 for the season. Senior Caleb Glafenhein (
The teams conclude the series Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Melching Field.