JU's Tomshaw outduels Long as Bucs fall 2-1
John Long
John Long

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 25, 2011)
- Despite ETSU starter John Long's (Anderson, S.C.) efforts to keep the Bucs in the contest, Jacksonville's Matt Tomshaw was just a little better Wednesday afternoon in Nashville, Tenn. as the Buccaneer baseball team suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Dolphins in their first game of the Atlantic Sun Tournament at Dugan Field on the campus of Lipscomb.
Tomshaw threw a complete game gem for JU (35-20, 18-11 A-Sun) as he retired the first two batters in every inning and allowed only three ETSU runners to reach second in the game. The junior left-hander struck out seven and limited a potent Buccaneer offense to just five hits on the day to improve to 8-3 on the season.
Long was tabbed with the loss after allowing just two runs on five hits in the contest throwing 6.0 strong innings for Bucs (36-20, 16-12 A-Sun) before being lifted in the seventh. With the loss, Long falls to 6-6 on the year.
Offensively, Matthew Scruggs (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the way going 2-for-4, while Cory Betterson (Atlanta, Ga.) was 1-for-3 and scored the only run for ETSU. Both Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) and
Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) saw their hit streaks come to an end in the contest.
After both teams were held scoreless for the first four innings, Betterson broke the Bucs into the scoring column after he walked, stole second and then came around to score on an error by shortstop Jimmy Howick.
The Dolphins answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to go in front 2-1. Dan Gulbransen did the damage for JU as he roped a two-run double into left center scoring Alex Swenson and Esterlin Perozo.
In the bottom of the sixth, Jacksonville loaded the bases with two outs, but Long would get Jonathan Murphy to foul out to end the threat to preserve the one run deficit.
Junior reliever Dak Rissman (West Palm Beach, Fla.) came into the game in the seventh and threw 2.0 scoreless innings of relief for ETSU to keep the Bucs in the contest.
The Bucs threatened in the ninth inning as Scruggs and Betterson hit back-to-back singles with two outs. In the next at-bat, Tomshaw closed the game out himself as he fielded a ball hit right back to him by Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) and made the throw to first to end the contest.
ETSU returns to action tomorrow at noon EDT in an Atlantic Sun Tournament elimination game against No.1 seeded Stetson. For more information on Buccaneer baseball, visit ETSUBucs.com or follow the Bucs on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ETSUAthletics.
Jacksonville 2, ETSU 1 (May 25, 2011 at Nashville, Tenn.)
ETSU............   000 010 000             -      1      5      2       (36-20, 16-12 A-Sun)
JU….............    000 020 00x             -      2      5      2       (35-20, 18-11 A-Sun)
Win - Matt Tomshaw (8-3) Loss - John Long (6-6)

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