JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Apr. 24, 2007) - Freshman Ryan Self's (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) two-out double in the sixth inning scored sophomore Jacob Fabry (Chattanooga, Tenn.) from first base, breaking a 5-5 tie and the Buccaneer bullpen held UNC Asheville for the final four innings as the Baseball Bucs topped the Bulldogs 7-5 in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
The Bucs (26-19) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when freshman Ryan Self (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) led off the frame with a walk, and after advancing to third on a perfectly executed hit and run by fellow freshman Todd Caldwell (Johnson City, Tenn.), scored on freshman Justin Tramble's (Marietta, Ga.) groundout. Caldwell scored later in the frame on a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore Troy Mendez (Roswell, Ga.).
Three walks by ETSU pitchers and an infield hit allowed the Bulldogs to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, and pinch hitter Rob Vernon doubled to right field with the bases loaded, plating two more runs for a 3-2 Asheville lead.
Sophomore Jacob Fabry (Chattanooga, Tenn.) walked to lead off the fourth and came around to tie the game on freshman Danny Petro's (Atlanta, Ga.) double to left field. Senior Ryan Howe (Greenville, S.C.) followed with a single to center field, scoring Petro, and came around to score later in the inning on a throwing error, restoring the Bucs' two-run advantage.
A two out single and an error in the ETSU outfield plated two Asheville runs in the fifth inning, tying the contest at five.
Howe doubled down the right field line in the eighth, bringin Petro home from second base with an insurance run.
Senior Caleb Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) pitched two innings of relief, picking up his nation-leading 13th victory. Sophomore Michael Dillow (Gray, Tenn.) retired the Bulldogs in the ninth inning, picking up his first career save. Ben Buchanan allowed six runs in seven innings of work, falling to 4-7 on the season.
The four through eight hitters in the Bucs' lineup accounted for all 10 of the hits on the day, each collecting two in the game; with Howe driving in two runs and Fabry and Petro scoring two apiece.
The Bucs return to Atlantic Sun Conference action this weekend, taking on Stetson in a crucial three-game series in DeLand, Fla. The series begins with a 7 p.m. first pitch Friday night in Melching Park.