Belmont sweeps ETSU baseball
Sunday, March 15, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 15, 2009) -The ETSU baseball team dropped two games Sunday to Belmont at Shelby Field in Nashville, Tenn. by the scores of 8-1 and 13-3.


In the first game, the Bruins jumped out in front in the bottom of the first on a RBI double by Brandon McCall to take a 1-0 lead.


Belmont added four more runs in the bottom of the second on three ETSU errors to take a 5-0 lead.


In the bottom of the sixth, Derek Hamblen added an insurance run for the Bruins as he singled in a run to make the score 6-0.


Garrett May (Roswell, Ga.) got the Bucs on the board in the in the top of the seventh as Chris Rankhorn (Gallatin, Tenn.) came in to score on a deep sac fly to left center to cut the lead to 6-1.


The Bruins answered in the bottom of the seventh on a sec fly by Daniel Wagner to make the score 7-1 Belmont.


Wagner singled in a run in the bottom of the eighth to make the final 8-1


In game two of the doubleheader, Belmont took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an ETSU error, a RBI single by Derek Wiley and a three-run home run by Wagner.


The Bruins scored six runs in the bottom of the third on a Hamann two-run single, an RBI double by Derek Hamblen, a Packy Elkins two-run double and two ETSU errors to extend their lead to 11-0.


Bo Reeder (Cookeville, Tenn.) cut into the Bruin lead in the top of the fifth as he crushed a three-run home run over the fence in left center to make the score 11-3.


Wagner homered again in the bottom of the sixth to increase the Belmont lead to 13-3.


McCall singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh to make thte score 14-3, Bruins.


The Bucs added a run in the bottom of the ninth as Rankhorn singled in Paul Hoilman (Johnson City, Tenn.) to make the final 14-4.


ETSU was led offensively by Rankhorn as he was 3-for-5 on the day including a pinch-hit RBI single. Reeder was 2-for-5 in game two of the doubleheader as he had three RBI in the game.


The Bucs are back in action Tuesday at 7 p.m. as they head to Asheville, N.C. to face UNC Asheville. Please visit for more information on ETSU baseball and all other Buccaneer athletic news.


Game 1: Belmont 8, ETSU 1 (March 15, 2009 at Nashville, Tenn.)
ETSU............ 000  000  100      -      1      7   4  (5-8, 1-4 A-Sun)

BU................. 140  001  01x    -  8    11     1   (9-7, 4-1 A-Sun)

Pitchers: ETSU - Josh Gonzaga; Drew Story (8)

BU -Tyler Graskewicz; Logan Simmons (8)
Win - Tyler Graskewicz (1-1) Loss - Josh Gonzaga (0-2) 


Game 2: Belmont 14, ETSU 4 (March 15, 2009 at Nashville, Tenn.)
ETSU............ 000  030  001  -  4      9      2   (5-9, 1-5 A-Sun)

BU................. 506  002  10x    - 14   15     3   (10-7, 5-1 A-Sun)

Pitchers: ETSU - Dustin Plumlee; Ben Andrews (4); Darren Caldwell (7); Ben Allen (8)

BU - Garrett Fanchier; Cameron Heath (6); Matt Hamann (7); Jon Ivie (8); Jimmy Stanley (9)
Win - Garrett Fanchier (2-0) Loss - Dustin Plumlee (2-2) 

HR - ETSU - Bo Reeder (5)

BU - Daniel Wagner 2(5)