Bucs rally past UNF in series finale, 8-4

Sunday, March 25, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Mar. 25, 2007) - The Baseball Bucs exploded for six runs in the sixth and seventh innings Sunday afternoon, rallying for the 10th time this season and posting an 8-4 series clinching victory over North Florida Sunday afternoon at Harmon Stadium.  ETSU is now in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference, and off to the best conference start since 1983.


Trailing 4-2 with two outs and nobody on in the sixth inning, freshman Danny Petro (Atlanta, Ga.) drew a walk, and senior Justin Aughey (Davie, Fla.) hammered an 0-1 offering over the left center field fence for the tying runs.  Freshman Tanner Moore (Chattanooga, Tenn.) followed with a single up the middle, and after advancing to second on a hit batsman, scored the eventual game-winning run on sophomore Troy Mendez's (Roswell, Ga.) single to left field.


Senior Michael Courtney (Knoxville, Tenn.) led off the seventh inning with a double down the left field line, and advanced to third on senior C.J. Lee's (Bristol, Va.) single up the middle, scoring on a throwing error by Osprey second baseman TJ Thompson.  A Petro single plated Lee, and after Aughey moved Petro into scoring position with a single up the middle, Moore capped the Buccaneer scoring with an RBI single to center field.


The Bucs (18-8, 5-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Petro singled home Lee from second base.


North Florida (11-16, 2-4) evened the game in the bottom of the first and tacked on three third inning runs for a 4-1 advantage before the Bucs middle inning explosion.


Lee cut the lead in half with a fourth inning home run, a solo blast to left field, his third of the season.


After struggling with his command early, senior ace Caleb Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) was again masterful, holding North Florida scoreless and allowing only four hits over the final six innings as he notched his second career complete game and improved to 8-1 on the season.  Glafenhein recorded three strikeouts in the nine inning, 125 pitch performance.  North Florida reliever Ryan McCoy allowed one run on two hits, facing three batters in the sixth inning and falling to 0-1.


The Bucs 5-1 start to conference play is the best since the 1983 squad started 7-0 in the Southern Conference.


ETSU is back in action Tuesday night, returning home to take on Appalachian State for the third time this season.  First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park.

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