Records fall as Buccaneer Baseball defeats High Point, 21-5
Caleb Moore went 5-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored
Caleb Moore went 5-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored

Friday, May 20, 2005

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 20, 2005) - East Tennessee State senior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) broke the school record for hits in a career (237) and RBIs in a season (71) as the Bucs defeated High Point, 21-5, Friday evening from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn. Buccaneer junior right fielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) also collected the 200th hit of his career in the win, becoming the third player in school history to reach that mark.

            High Point (19-34) took the lead with a run in the top of the first as Chris Ramirez crossed the plate on a Randy Schwartz groundout.

            East Tennessee State (30-20) tied the game in the bottom of the first as Moore hit an RBI double to left, scoring Byrne.

            The Bucs then scored nine runs over the next three innings to take a commanding 10-1 lead. Junior shortstop Chuck Hargis (Powell, Tenn.) began the rally with a two-run double in the bottom of the second. Later in the inning, Hargis scored as Byrne reached on an error and Moore hit an RBI triple.

            In the bottom of the third, senior second baseman Nick Crowe (Johnson City, Tenn.) and sophomore third baseman Mike Giroud (St. Petersburg, Fla.) hit back-to-back singles with one out before Buccaneer sophomore catcher John Weddle (Knoxville, Tenn.) belted a three-run homer to left-center.

            ETSU plated three more runs in the bottom of the fourth as sophomore centerfielder Stephen Douglas (Kennesaw, Ga.) hit an RBI single to right-center and Weddle drove in a run with a double to left.

            The Panthers scored three runs in the top of the fifth to cut the Buccaneer lead to 10-4. Justin Pinyan hit an RBI single to left and Ramirez drove in two runs with a single to left-center.

            The Bucs then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth, sending 16 men to the plate and scoring 11 runs. Moore hit an RBI single to left with one out and the next 10 runs were scored with two outs. Crowe drove in two runs with a single and Weddle followed with an RBI single. Hargis drove in two runs with a single up the middle and Moore hit a subsequent two-run double into the right-centerfield gap. Douglas capped the inning with a three-run blast to left-center, his fifth of the season.

            The final run of the game was scored in the top of the sixth as Jon Pavlack crossed the plate on a Jerry Campos single for the Panthers.

            Buccaneer junior lefty Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.) earned the win (5-6), allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings of work. He also walked four and struck out five in the win. Sophomore righty Caleb Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned his first save of the season, pitching the final three innings and allowing two hits while striking out four.

            Matt Christie was charged with the loss (0-1) for High Point, allowing 17 runs (15 earned) on 18 hits in 4.2 innings of work.

            Every ETSU starter had at least one hit while four Bucs had at least three hits. Moore led the Bucs, going 5-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBIs. He hit a single, three doubles and a triple in the win. Weddle went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and five RBIs while Hargis was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs.

            Ramirez, Pavlack, Campos and Mark Shorey each had two hits each for the Panthers.  

The Bucs and Panthers play the final game of their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn. Seven Buccaneers will be playing their final home game tomorrow and will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the game.  

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