Senior C.J. Lee (
"Once again our guys showed tremendous heart and character tonight," said head coach Tony Skole. "This is another great win for us, and hopefully we'll keep the momentum going this weekend."
Designated hitter Andrew Franco staked the Mountaineers to a 3-0 lead in the third inning with a bases loaded, base clearing double to center field. Franco scored later in the inning on catcher Jerod Faggart's double to left center.
The Bucs (16-7) scored three times in the fifth inning, cutting the Appalachian lead to one. Lee led off the inning with a single to left field, and Russell blasted his sixth home run of the season for the first two ETSU runs. Aughey singled later in the inning and after moving to third on consecutive wild pitches, scored when freshman Tanner Moore (
Russell's single up the middle in the sixth inning scored freshman Ryan Self (
The Mountaineers (11-11) scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Franco delivered again, scorching a double to the left center field gap and scoring Jason Altenhof from third and David Rubinstein from first.
The Bucs evened the game again in the seventh, stringing together three consecutive hits with two outs. Senior Michael Courtney (
Jason Altenhof led off the eighth inning with a double down the left field line, but after a 53 minute rain delay, ETSU reliever Tony Lombardi (
Senior Caleb Glafenhein (
The Bucs are back in action Saturday afternoon in