ETSU Baseball splits doubleheader with Kennesaw State on Petro Walk-off
Saturday, March 7, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 7, 2009) - After dropping the first game of the doubleheader Saturday Cardinal Park to Kennesaw State, 14-2, the ETSU baseball team got a walk-off two-run home run from Danny Petro (Atlanta, Ga.) to take the second game 9-8.


In game one, Bo Reeder (Cookeville, Tenn.) put the Bucs (5-4, 1-2 A-Sun) up 2-0 in the bottom of the first as he crushed a two-run home run over the fence in right.


The Owls answered with eight runs on four hits and three ETSU errors in the top of the second to take an 8-2 lead.


Kennesaw State added four more runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by Andrew Martin, a two-run double by Jordan Craft and an RBI single by Ric Bishop to make the score 12-2 Owls.


In the top of the seventh, Kennesaw State added a couple insurance runs on a two-run double by Tyler Stubblefield to make the final 14-2.


In the second game, the Owls jumped out in front in the top of the first on a Tyler Stubblefield home run to left center to go up 1-0.


Martin added two more in the top of the second on a two-run home run down the left field line to make the score 3-0. The Owls got another run on a Stubblefield sac fly to center to take a 4-0 lead.


Cory Betterson (Atlanta, Ga.) cut into the Kennesaw State lead in the bottom of the second as he singled to right to score Petro to make the score 4-1.


The Bucs kept things going in the bottom of the fourth as Ben Allen (Kingsport, Tenn.) drove in Derek Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.) on a sac fly to center to cut the Owl lead to 4-2. Jacob Fabry (Chattanooga, Tenn.) tied the game at 4-all when he tripled to right center scoring Troy Mendez (Roswell, Ga.) and Petro. ETSU then took a 5-4 lead as Fabry came in to score on a wild pitch.


ETSU increased the lead in the bottom of the sixth as Fabry doubled to right center scoring Betterson to make the score 6-4 Bucs. Fabry came in to score on a wild pitch later in the inning to give ETSU a 7-4 lead.


Kennesaw State then tied the game at 7-all in the top of the seventh on a Martin solo home run down the left field line, and a Stubblefield two-run home run to right center.


The Owls took the lead in the top of the ninth on a Jace Whitmer RBI single to make the score 8-7.


In the bottom of the ninth, Petro hammered a ball over the fence in right for a two-run walk-off home run to make the final 9-8 ETSU.


Offensively the Bucs were led by Reeder and Fabry as Reeder had three hits on the day, while Fabry had two hits, two stolen bases, three RBI and scored three runs.


Darren Caldwell (Spartanburg, S.C.) picked up his second win of the season going 2.2 innings only allowing one run on four hits and struck out one.


ETSU is back in action Tuesday at 4 p.m. as the Bucs head to Cullowhee, N.C. to face Western Carolina in a two game series. Please visit for more information on ETSU baseball and all other Buccaneer athletic news.


Game 1: Kennesaw State 14, ETSU 2 (7 innings) (March 7, 2009 at Johnson City, Tenn.)
KSU............... 080  040  2   -  14  10  4  (5-4, 3-1 A-Sun)

ETSU............ 200  000  0   -  2    4    3  (4-4, 0-2 A-Sun)

Pitchers: ETSU - Bo Reeder; Taylor Gouffon (5)

WU - Chad Jenkins
Win - Chris Jenkins (1-0) Loss - Bo Reeder (1-1)

HR - ETSU - Bo Reeder (4)


Game 2: ETSU 9, Kennesaw State 8 (March 7, 2009 at Johnson City, Tenn.)
KSU............... 130  000  301   -  8  13  2  (5-5, 3-2 A-Sun)

ETSU............ 010  402  002   -  9  13  3  (5-4, 1-2 A-Sun)

Pitchers: ETSU - Josh Gonzaga; Ben Andrews (7); Darren Caldwell (7)

WU - Ryan Rodebaugh; Brad Long (4); Kenny Faulk (6)
Win - Darren Caldwell (2-0) Loss - Kenny Faulk (1-2)

HR - ETSU - Danny Petro (1)

KSU - Tyler Stubblefield 2(2); Andrew Martin (2)