ETSU baseball comes up short in slugfest with Colonels, 20-16
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 6, 2010) - The ETSU baseball team came up short in a 20-16 slugfest against Eastern Kentucky Wednesday night at Cardinal Park.


Freshman Scott McNally (Marietta, Ga.) was tabbed with his first loss of the season falling to 4-1 after giving up seven runs on seven hits in 2.0 innings.


Eric Sanders picked up the win for EKU (13-14, 3-3 OVC) going 1.1 innings allowing two runs on two hits.


Catcher Derek Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the Bucs (17-10, 6-3 A-Sun) offensively going 4-for-5 with a home run, scored twice and drove in five. ETSU saw all ten batters used in the contest hit safely, while eight of then had at least once RBI.


The Colonels grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the first scoring four runs on four hits including a two-run home run by Ryan Faidley.


EKU increased its lead to 7-0 in the second after a RBI single by Richie Rodriguez and a two-run home run by Jayson Langfels.


ETSU got on the board in the bottom half of the inning cutting the Eastern Kentucky lead to 7-1 on a Bo Reeder (Cookeville, Tenn.) solo home run.


After holding the Colonels scoreless in the third, the Bucs cut the EKU lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the third. With one out, Chas Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) doubled and Paul Hoilman (Johnson City, Tenn.) singled. In the next at bat, Derek Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.) singled up the middle scoring Byrne and moving Hoilman to third. Hoilman then came in to score on a ball hit to third by Reeder.


In the fourth, EKU exploded for five runs on two hits highlighted by a grand slam by Michael Garcia to make the score 12-3 Colonels.


The Buccaneers answered scoring six runs on six hits including a two-run inside the park by Michael Gonzalez (Jupiter, Fla.) and a two-run single by Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) cutting the EKU lead to 12-9.


The Colonels got a run in the fifth on a RBI single by Richie Allen to make the score 13-9.


Hoilman brought the score to 13-10 in the bottom of the fifth as he doubled to right scoring Scruggs.


EKU increased its lead to 14-10 in the sixth on a RBI single by Joey Stevens.


The Bucs continued the back and forth night as they cut the Colonels lead back to three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by shortstop Jamie Crawford (Kingsport, Tenn.).


The Colonels busted the game open in the seventh scoring five runs on five hits to take a 19-11 lead. A two-run single by Faidley highlighted the inning for EKU.


ETSU scored three runs on three hits in the seventh to bring the score to 19-14 after back-to-back home runs by Trent and Reeder.


In the eighth, the Bucs came within three runs after RBI singles by Garrett May (Marietta, Ga.) and Trent to make the score 19-16.


Stevens closed out the scoring with an RBI single in the ninth to make the final 20-16.


The Bucs are back in action tomorrow at 3 p.m. as they close out the series with Eastern Kentucky. Please visit for more information on ETSU baseball and all other Buccaneer athletic news.


Eastern Kentucky20, ETSU 16  (April 6, 2010 at Johnson City, Tenn.)
EKU............... 430  511  501      -     20   22  1  (13-14, 3-3 OVC)

ETSU............ 012  611  320  - 16   21     3   (17-10, 6-3 A-Sun)

Pitchers: ETSU - Scott McNally; Drew Story (3); Joseph Timp (4); Derek Bushey (4); Kerry Doane (6); Paul Hoilman (8)

EKU - Macon Smith; Eric Sanders (4); Chris Barte (6); Matt Harris (7); Ryne Purcell (9)

Win - Eric Sanders (1-1) Loss - Scott McNally (4-1)

HR - ETSU -  Bo Reeder 2(8); Michael Gonzalez (1); Derek Trent (9)

EKU - Ryan Faidley (8); Jayson Langfels (10); Michael Garcia (5)