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Bucs get walk-off win against Delaware at The Citadel Memorial Challenge, 10-9
Sunday, February 21, 2010
"I thought it was a great team win today," said head coach Tony Skole. "I was really proud of our guys. Again I thought we showed a lot of poise after getting behind early to sort of control the ebb and flow of the game by not letting our emotions get too high or too low. That is showing some signs of maturity."
For the second straight day freshman Scott McNally (
"We had to use a lot of pieces to the puzzle today," Skole said. "I think our depth was challenged, and the guys who came off of the bench came out and really did a good job. It was a tough weekend for us to come out and play without really being prepared as far as preseason practices, but I am glad to get two out of three wins."
The Blue Hens pounded out five runs in the top of the second to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Delaware got on the board on an Aaron Mascoe swinging bunt single down the third base line with the bases loaded to make the score 1-0. In the next at bat, third baseman Carlos Alonso drove the first pitch over the fence in left for a grand slam.
Sophomore Andrew Green (
In the bottom of the third, first baseman Paul Hoilman (
ETSU kept things rolling in the bottom of the fourth as left fielder Chas Byrne (
The Blue Hens regained the lead in the top of the seventh on a two-run home run down the right field line by first baseman Ryan Cuneo to go in front 7-6.
Trent answered for the Buccaneers in the bottom of the seventh as he blasted a towering three-run home run over the fence in right to give the Bucs a 9-7 lead.
Delaware came back again though in the top of the eighth scoring two runs on an ETSU error and a RBI double by Cuneo to tied the score at 9-all.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, sophomore Skyler Barnett (
Scruggs, Hoilman and Trent all had good days offensively for the Bucs. Scruggs had a team-high three hits and swiped two bases. Hoilman was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, while
ETSU had a season best five stolen bases in the game including three in the fourth inning.
The Bucs open the home season on Friday at 3 p.m. as St. Peter's comes to town for a four game series. Please visit www.ETSUBucs.com for more information on ETSU baseball and all other Buccaneer athletic news.
ETSU............ 012 300 301 - 10 13 2 (2-1)
UD - Rich O'Donald; Michael Londino (5); Eric Buckland (8);
HR - ETSU - Paul Hoilman (2); Derek Trent (1)
UD - Carlos Alonso (1); Ryan Cuneo (1)