JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 1, 2011) - The ETSU baseball team posted a 10-run eighth inning as the Bucs defeated Florida Gulf Coast 16-4 Friday night at Cardinal Park in game one of the series.
The Buccaneers (15-7, 7-4 A-Sun) had a season-best 21 hits in the contest as eight of the nine starters had multiple hits led by Bo Reeder (Cookeville, Tenn.) who was 3-for-6 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI.
Paul Hoilman (Johnson City, Tenn.), Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) also had three hits on the night for ETSU.
Junior John Long (Anderson, S.C.) picked up his second win of the season as he was stellar going 7.2 innings limiting the Eagles (13-14, 7-6 A-Sun) to four runs on eight hits while striking out a season-best eight batters.
Starter Jason Forjet was tabbed with the loss for Florida Gulf Coast after giving up five runs on ten hits in 6.0 innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
FGCU grabbed the lead in the top of the first on a RBI double by Mike Reeves to take a 1-0 edge.
In the top of the second, the Eagles added another run on a lead off home run to right center by Sean Dwyer to make the score 2-0.
The Bucs cut the FGCU lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second as Scruggs singled in Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) from second.
ETSU grabbed its first lead of the game in the bottom of the third as the Bucs scored three runs on four hits. With one out, Reeder and Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) deposited back-to-back doubles to left plating a run. In the next at bat, shortstop Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) tripled to center scoring Green to give the Buccaneers a 3-2 lead. Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) capped off the scoring as he doubled to left field scoring Doane to give ETSU a 4-2 advantage.
Hoilman gave the Bucs a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth as he crushed his sixth homer of the season over the scoreboard in left.
After a Reeder double and a Green bunt single to start the bottom of the seventh, Doane brought Reeder home on a ball hit to short to extend the Buccaneer lead to 6-2.
The Eagles cut into the ETSU advantage in the top of the eighth as Zach Maxfield drove a two-run home run to left to make the score 6-4, but the Buccaneers would answer in the bottom half of the frame scoring ten runs on eight hits and two FGCU errors to take a commanding 16-4 lead.
A Reeder three-run homer to right and a Pratt two-run double highlighted the scoring for the Bucs in the inning.
Senior Bo Burton (Kingsport, Tenn.) earned his first save of the season as he threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to close out the contest only allowing one hit after coming into a 6-4 contest.
The Bucs return to action tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. as they face FGCU in game two of the series. For more information on ETSU baseball and all other Buccaneer athletic news please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.
ETSU 16, FGCU 4 (April 1, 2011 at Johnson City, Tenn.) ----------------------------------------------------------------------
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