Columbia, S.C. (Feb. 15, 2002) - It was a tough first day on the diamond for East Tennessee State's baseball team, as the Bucs were handed a 14-2 loss by fifth-ranked South Carolina in the season opener for ETSU. The Gamecocks put together a 15-hit attack and struck for five first inning runs to put the Bucs in a hole that they could not get out of.
After the Bucs went down 1-2-3 in the first inning, South Carolina (4-0) wasted no time in getting a lead. Jon Coutlangus led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. A walk to the third hitter and a sac fly to left off the bat of Justin Harris gave the Gamecocks their first run. A one-out double by Trey Dyson plated another run before Garris Gonce parked a pitch over the wall in left to make it 4-0. Landon Powell made it back-to-back homers off ETSU starter Donnie Sharp (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) to give South Carolina a 5-0 cushion.
Trailing 6-0 in the top of the third, East Tennessee State (0-1) strung together four of its six hits on the day to come up with a couple of runs. Jeremy Terry (Cumberland, Ky.) led off with a double to left-center and then moved to third on Ryan Hyder's (Erwin, Tenn.) single. Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) then struck out, but Hyder moved to second and Terry scored on an error by the USC catcher. Hyder then moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a single up the middle by freshman catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.).
That would be as close as ETSU would be able to come, as the powerful Gamecock lineup proved to be too much the rest of the afternoon as they scored in every at-bat but one.
Six different hitters had hits for the Bucs, with Moore driving in the only run and Terry collecting the only extra-base hit. Sharp picked up the loss, going 2.2 innings and giving up eight runs on seven hits.
Drew Myer had three hits in five trips to lead South Carolina, scoring one run and driving in another. Dyson and Yaron Peters drove in three runs each, while Justin Harris scored three times for the Gamecocks.
David Marchbanks picked up his second win of the season in two tries, throwing 6.2 innings, giving up both Buccaneer runs on six hits. He struck out five without allowing a walk in improving to 2-0.
The two teams will play the second game of the series on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.