Saturday, March 25, 2000
Johnson City, Tenn. - Georgia Southern's Scott Henley went 7-10 in the doubleheader with four RBIs and five runs scored to lead the Eagles to a sweep of East Tennessee State (21-8, 6-4) at ETSU's Cardinal Park. The Eagles' Daniel Wheeler threw a complete game, allowing four runs and 10 hits, to win the nightcap.
ETSU (6-15, 4-7 Southern Conference) freshman Chad Boruff went 6-8 in the doubleheader with two runs scored and one RBIs.
In the first game, Georgia Southern (13-11, 6-2 Southern Conference ) exploded for 21 runs on 21 hits to finish off the Bucs, 21-8. The Eagles' Matt Easterday opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run home run off Buccaneer starter Reid Casey. The Eagles loaded the bases in the third and scored five runs, capped by a grand slam from Dustin Langley.
Easterday hit his second home run of the afternoon, this time a three-run shot, in the fourth to increase the lead to 11-1. Easterday finished the game going 4-5 -- three home runs -- with seven RBIs and five runs scored.
Georgia Southern struck for six runs in the top of the seventh before the Bucs' Shannon Carter belted his first home run of the season. The Bucs scored five in the eighth, highlighted by Boruff's second home run of the season and a two-run single by Ed Sparks. Sparks finished the game 4-4 with two RBIs.
Casey fell to 1-4 on the year, while Georgia Southern's Brett Lewis worked seven innings, scattering nine hits, allowing three runs to improve his record to 4-3.
The Bucs opened the second game with one run in the bottom of the first, when Carter scored on a wild pitch by Georgia Southern's Wheeler. Georgia Southern responded with one in the top of the second, before ETSU notched three in the home half of the inning.
The Eagles' Carlos Love cut the lead to 4-3 with his first career homer to right center in the top of the fifth. The Eagles scored three in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. Langley stroked a run-scoring double and Brian Rinehart added a sacrifice fly in the frame.
Matt Baber (3-5) started the game for the Bucs and went seven innings, striking out seven and allowing six runs.
ETSU will return to action on Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m. when they host Georgia Southern in the final game of the three-game series.
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