Self's solo shot lifts Blue over Gold in Fall World Series
Self
Self

Saturday, September 29, 2007

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2007) - The East Tennessee State baseball team wrapped up game one of the Fall World Series with a bang Saturday afternoon from Cardinal Park, as sophomore Ryan Self's (Mount, Juliet, Tenn.) solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning rallied Blue past Gold, 9-8.

 

Blue struck first with two first inning runs, but the Gold team enjoyed a five-run second inning, and took an early 5-2 lead. The Gold enjoyed RBIs from Nick Belcher (Abingdon, Va.), Troy Mendez (Roswell, Ga.), Jon Edmonds (Johnson City, Tenn.), Matt McGahey (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Paul Hoilman (Johnson City. Tenn.).

 

Phillip Al-Mateen's (Director of Business/Ticket Operations) Gold squad added two more runs in the fourth, as Mendez and freshman Bart Roark (Mountain City, Tenn.) each drove in runs; however, they could not hold onto the lead.

 

The Blue team, managed by Voice of the Bucs/Network Director Jay Sandos, saw his squad come back from a 7-2 deficit after squandering an early 2-0 lead in the first. The Blue team scored solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but a three-run seventh gave Sandos' squad an 8-7 advantage.

 

Al-Mateen's Gold club did not back down after surrendering the lead, as Belcher scored on Roark's single to left, tying the game at eight. However, Self quickly turned things back around for the Blue team, by leading off the bottom half of the inning with a shot over the right field wall, giving them the 9-8 victory.

 

Junior Donny Bryant (Limestone, Tenn.) worked a perfect ninth for the save, while senior Craig Wojciechowski (Maryville, Tenn.) earned the win in relief.

 

Both teams combined for 17 runs on 26 hits in the offensive slugfest on Saturday.

 

The Blue team will look for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon starting at noon. The winner of the World Series will enjoy a meal from their favorite restaurant at Barberitos; while the team on the losing end will participate in the Tri-Cities Race For the Cure-5K, on Oct. 7 in Kingsport.

 

Fans visit www.ETSUBucs.com to find out who takes the Blue/Gold World Series trophy on Sunday.

 

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
MTEN ETSU Nashville, Tenn.
Oct 16 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MTEN ETSU
Oct 17 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
WGOLF Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct 17 15th of 16
WTEN ETSU
Oct 17 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MCC Catamount Classic Cullowhee, N.C.
Oct 17 2 of 10
WCC Catamount Classic Cullowhee, N.C.
Oct 17 1 of 10
MGOLF U.S. Collegiate Championship Alpharetta, Ga.
Oct 17 Results
VB Wofford College 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 17 ETSU 3
WSOC VMI 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 17 ETSU 7
WTEN ETSU
Oct 18 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MTEN ETSU
Oct 18 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MGOLF U.S. Collegiate Championship Alpharetta, Ga.
Oct 18 Results
VB Mercer University 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 18 ETSU 3
MSOC Wofford 3 2OT
Oct 18 ETSU 3
WTEN ETSU
Oct 19 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MTEN ETSU
Oct 19 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MGOLF U.S. Collegiate Championship Alpharetta, Ga.
Oct 19 12th of 15
WSOC UNC Greensboro 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 19 ETSU 3
WTEN ETSU
Oct 20 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals