Western Carolina nips Bucs with late rally, 6-5
Ben Andrews
Ben Andrews

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (March 11, 2009) -The ETSU baseball team dropped a heartbreaker to Western Carolina Wednesday afternoon at Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee, N.C., as the Catamounts rallied to score five runs in the in the last three innings to win 6-5.

 

Senior Ben Andrews (Leesburg, Fla.) went 6.1 innings allowing only three runs on eight hits and struck out four.

 

The Bucs (5-6, 1-2 A-Sun) jumped out in front 1-0 in the top of the second as Garrett May (Roswell, Ga.) singled to left bringing in Derek Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.).

 

In the bottom of the fourth, May made an outstanding diving play to rob J.C. Lyons of a hit and kept the Catamounts off of board.

 

ETSU added another run in the top of the fifth as Jacob Fabry (Chattanooga, Tenn.) came in to score on a Western Carolina error to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead.

 

The Catamounts cut into the ETSU lead in the bottom of the fifth as Trevor Collias doubled in a run to make the score 2-1.

 

Fabry answered as he added two more for the Bucs in the top of the sixth as he singled through the left side scoring Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Trent to give ETSU a 4-1 lead.

 

Collias cut the Buccaneer lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh as he singled in two runs. Western Carolina then tied the game at 4-all on Brent Greer sac fly to center.

 

The Bucs answered again in the top of the eighth as Scruggs came in to score on a Fabry squeeze bunt to make the score 5-4, ETSU.

 

In the bottom of the eighth, the Catamounts tied the score, 5-5, on a Nick Liles double that scored one run, but a good relay by Scruggs and May cut down a second run at the plate to get ETSU out of the inning.

 

Western Carolina ended the game in the bottom of the ninth as the Catamounts scored the winning run on a walk-off sac fly by J.C. Lyons to make the final 6-5.

 

The Bucs were led offensively by Fabry as he went 3-for-5 on the day and had three RBI. May also had multiple hits as he was 2-for-3 with a RBI.

 

ETSU is back in action Friday at 4 p.m. as the Bucs head to Nashville, Tenn. to take on conference opponent Belmont. Please visit www.ETSUBucs.com for more information on ETSU baseball and all other Buccaneer athletic news.

 

Western Carolina 6, ETSU 5 (March 11, 2009 at Cullowhee, N.C.)
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ETSU............ 010  012  010  -  5      9      1   (5-6, 1-2 A-Sun)

WCU............. 000  010  311  -  6    12     1   (10-2, 3-0 SoCon)

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Pitchers: ETSU - Ben Andrews; Bo Reeder (7)

WCU - Garrett Baker; Jason Sullivan (6); Andrew Blackwell (6); Daniel Ottone (9)
Win - Daniel Ottone (1-0) Loss - Bo Reeder (1-2) 

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