DELAND, Fla. (April 21, 2013) – For the first time this season, the ETSU baseball team was shutout as Stetson blanked the Bucs, 2-0, to take the conference series on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Melching Field.
The Hatters scored both their runs in the first inning, and despite having scoring opportunities, the Blue and Gold went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position to suffer their first shutout since last May 13 when Stetson defeated ETSU, 4-0, at Thomas Stadium.
In a game that lasted 2-hours, 29-minutes, the teams had to wait out a 2-hour, 28-minute rain delay before Stetson improved to 19-22, 8-7 in A-Sun play, while the Bucs dropped to 22-15, 11-7.
Freshman lefty Josh Jacques (Rollinsford, N.H.) – who was coming off his first collegiate win last Sunday against Lipscomb – took the loss (1-3) after allowing the two runs on three hits, while walking four and striking out one in four innings of work. Junior left-hander Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) was solid in relief as he tossed four scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 0.40 (1 ER/22.1 IP) in his 13 relief appearances.
At the plate, freshman outfielder Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) generated two of ETSU’s six hits, but was left stranded at third in the third and at second in the sixth. Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) went 1-for-4 with a double and has recorded at least one hit in 32 of his 37 games played.
Stetson scored its first-inning runs when Patrick Mazeika’s scored Kevin Fagan on an RBI triple to right, while Garrett Russini’s sacrifice fly to left brought in Mazeika, making it a 2-0 game.
The Hatters threatened again in the second, third, and fourth innings, but Jacques worked out of each jam to keep the ETSU deficit at two, 2-0. Jacques’ day was done after the fourth inning as Freeman moved from first to the mound, but after he kept Stetson scoreless in the fifth, the rain started pouring down.
Despite waiting out the showers, the Bucs still couldn’t generate any scoring plays off the Stetson pitchers.
Saturday’s winner, Cameron Griffin, tossed three innings of three-hit ball following the delay, while Tyler Warmoth earned his second save the season by pitching a perfect ninth. Stetson’s starter, Adam Schaly, picked up his first win (1-2) of the campaign after tossing five innings and scattering three hits.
ETSU had scoring chances in the third, sixth, eighth, and ninth innings, but couldn’t find the clutch hit.
In the third, Taylor ripped a two-out single to left – but after stealing second and moving to third on a throwing error – the Fayetteville, Ga. native was left standing on the bag when Schaly forced Dylan Tritsch (Boca Raton, Fla.) into an inning-ending grounder to short.
Following the rain delay, Taylor led off the sixth with a single and advanced to second on Tritsch’s sac-bunt. However, Taylor couldn’t score as Freeman flew out to left and Green struck out swinging to end the threat.
Two innings later, Mason Hershey (Altoona, Pa.) worked a nine-pitch walk to start the eighth, which led to Zach Thompson (Johnson City, Tenn.) to enter as a pinch runner. Thompson moved to second on Taylor’s sac-bunt, but with two outs and the Buccaneer runner on third, Kyle Pitts robbed Tritsch of an RBI single at second to end the frame.
Then, in the ninth, Green began the inning with a double down the line in left, but Warmoth finished off the game by replacing Griffin to retire the last three ETSU hitters.
The Hatters – who only had four hits on the afternoon – was led by Mazeika’s 2-for-2 effort. The freshman first baseman reached base in all four plate appearances as he also walked and was hit by a pitch.
The Bucs wrap up their five-game road swing Tuesday night as ETSU travels to Radford. First pitch is set for 6 p.m., at the Radford Baseball Stadium.
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