The Bucs (24-15, 10-5) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening game, drawing first blood on senior Justin Aughey's bases loaded, two-RBI single up the middle. Senior John Weddle's (
The Bisons (22-16, 7-5) responded with six second inning runs off ETSU starter Caleb Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.), scratching out four hits and aided by another critical ETSU fielding blunder.
Aughey drove in another run in the ETSU half of the second on a groundout, and cut the deficit to 6-5 in the fourth with an RBI single through the right side, plating senior C.J. Lee (Bristol, Va.) after Lee reached on a triple to center field.
ETSU reclaimed the lead with two runs in the fifth, and after giving the lead back by allowing two Lipscomb runs in the sixth, junior Anthony Russell (Waldorf, Md.) tied the game again on his tenth home run of the season; a line shot over the left field wall to lead off the Bucs' half of the sixth inning. Freshman Tanner Moore (
The Bucs pushed their advantage to 10-8 with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but Lipscomb pounded out five runs on five hits in the eighth, again helped by a costly ETSU error, for the final 13-10 margin.
Glafenhein pitched eight innings, allowing 13 runs on 14 hits and falling to 11-3 on the year. Brandon McClurg pitched the final 4 1/3 innings in relief to improve to 4-1.
The Bisons plated two first inning runs in game two off ETSU starter Todd Caldwell (Johnson City, Tenn.), and Merry made the lead stand up, striking out 10 batters and allowing just five ETSU hits; only three after the first inning.
Merry improved to 2-0 with the dominating performance, while
The Bucs are back in action Wednesday night, taking on Western Carolina in