Bucs complete sweep of Hatters in dominant fashion
Saturday, May 1, 2010

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 1, 2010) -  The ETSU baseball team was dominant Saturday at Cardinal Park taking both games of a doubleheader against Stetson 10-7 and 22-4 to complete the series sweep of the Hatters.

The Bucs (26-18, 14-7 A-Sun) pounded out 17 doubles and eight home runs in the series out hitting Stetson 41-22 on Saturday. The series win is the eighth of the season for ETSU and the fifth in conference play.


Junior Bo Burton (Kingsport, Tenn.) earned his sixth win of the season in game one throwing 1.2 scoreless innings in relief, while Ben Booker (Knoxville, Tenn.) improved to an impressive 6-0 after going 5.0 innings allowing four runs on six hits in game two.


Lindsey Caughel was tabbed with the loss in game one for the Hatters (24-22, 11-7 A-Sun) surrendering nine runs (seven earned) on 15 hits in 7.0 innings of work. In game two, it was Kyle Maulbetsch who was tabbed with the loss giving up four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings.


On the day, the Bucs saw all nine starters score at least one run in the doubleheader, while six batters had at least three hits in the nightcap.


Sophomore Bo Reeder (Cookeville, Tenn.) led the way for the Buccaneers going 6-for-9 on the day with a double, two home runs and drove in six.


Game One Recap:


ETSU grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning after a RBI single by Hoilman and a two-run home run by Reeder. Hoilman's RBI single broke the school record as the junior now has 176 career RBI.


The Hatters answered in the second cutting the Buccaneer lead to 3-2 after RBI doubles by Nick Rickles and Kurt Schluter.


Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) gave the Bucs a 4-2 lead in the bottom half of the second as he drove a two out single back up the middle scoring Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) from third.


Stetson tied the game at 4-all in the third as Sean Emory came in to score in an ETSU error and Ryan Lashley drove his second home run of the series over the fence in left.


In the top of the fifth, Lashley gave the Hatters their first lead of the game as he singled in Emory to go in front 5-4.


The Bucs went back in front 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth. After a double by Derek Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.) and a Reeder single, freshman Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) doubled to left scoring Trent. Later in the inning, Reeder came in to score on a wild pitch by Caughel. On the same play Doane was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Stetson overthrow.


The Hatters continued the see-saw battle in the seventh scoring two runs on a RBI single by Spencer Theisen and a ball hit to third by Aaron Crittenden to take a 7-6 lead.


ETSU rallied in the eighth scoring four runs on four hits and three Stetson errors to take a 10-7 advantage. Trent and Reeder led off the inning with back-to-back hits. They both came around to score on the next play as there were three SU errors that allowed Doane to reach and Trent and Reeder to score. Chas Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) then singled in Doane from third. The Bucs closed out the scoring as Byrne came in on a Scruggs single up the middle.


Burton shut down the Stetson offense throwing a perfect 1.2 innings to close out the game.


Game Two Recap:


ETSU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Reeder came in to score on a Byrne sac bunt.


The Bucs extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth after a two-run double by centerfielder Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) and a RBI single by Green.


Reeder gave the Buccaneers a 5-0 lead in the fifth as he crushed his 15th home run of the season over the fence in right. Byrne came in to score on a Niesman single later in the inning to make the score 6-0 Bucs.


The Hatters cut the ETSU lead to 6-4 in the top of the sixth on two-run home runs by Lashley and Crittenden.


In the bottom half, ETSU answered scoring three runs on RBI singled by Reeder, Doane and Michael Gonzalez (Jupiter, Fla.) to take a 9-4 lead.


The Buccaneers added three more runs in the seventh on singles by Green and Doane, and a double by Trent to go out in front 12-4.


ETSU exploded for a record tying ten runs in the eighth highlighted by a three-run home run by Scruggs to take a commanding 22-4 lead.


Freshman Scott McNally (Marietta, Ga.) was brilliant in relief throwing 4.0 scoreless innings of relief to close out the game and pick up his first save of the year.


The Bucs are back in action Wednesday at 7 p.m. as they host Wofford in a non-conference contest. For more information on ETSU baseball and all other Buccaneer athletic news please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.



Game 1: ETSU 10, Stetson 7 (May 1, 2010 at Johnson City, Tenn.)
SU................. 022  010  200  -  7    12     3       (24-21, 11-6 A-Sun)

ETSU............ 310  020  04x    - 10   17     3       (25-18, 13-7 A-Sun)

Pitchers: ETSU - Bo Reeder; Scott McNally (7); Derek Bushey (8); Bo Burton (8)

SU -  Lindsey Caughel; Nick Bohne (8); David Burns (8)

Win - Bo Burton (6-4) Loss - Lindsey Caughel (4-4)

HR - ETSU - Bo Reeder (14)

SU - Ryan Lashley (9)


Game 2: ETSU 22, Stetson 4 (May 1, 2010 at Johnson City, Tenn.)
SU................. 000  004  0  0  0          -      4       10   1      (24-22, 11-7 A-Sun)

ETSU............ 010  323  3(10)x          -     22      24   2      (26-18, 14-7 A-Sun)

Pitchers: ETSU - Ben Booker; Scott McNally (6)

SU -  Kyle Maulbetsch; Will Dorsey (4); Ian Thompson (6); Jake Boyd (6); David Burns (6); Robbie Powell (7); Tucker Donahue (8); Joe Dye (8)

Win - Ben Booker (6-0) Loss - Kyle Maulbetsch (4-5) Save - Scott McNally (1)

HR - ETSU - Bo Reeder (15); Matthew Scruggs (10)

SU - Ryan Lashley (10); Aaron Crittenden (6)