Bucs power their way to fourth straight win; down Seton Hall, 7-3
Bucs power their way to fourth straight win; down Seton Hall, 7-3
Friday, February 22, 2013

Freeman homers twice, Doane tosses complete game

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 22, 2013) – Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) packed the one-two punch at the plate, and Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) tossed a complete game, as the ETSU baseball team picked up its fourth straight win after the Bucs powered their way past Seton Hall, 7-3, on Friday evening from Thomas Stadium.

Freeman – who racked up a pair of Louisville Slugger Player of the Week honors earlier in the week – belted his fifth and six home runs of the season, while Green posted his first round-tripper of the year, giving the Blue and Gold their first-ever win over Seton Hall in program history. Meanwhile, Doane earned his first win of the season after allowing three runs on nine hits in the complete game effort. The senior right-hander also struck out five and issued no walks.

For the game, Freeman went 2-for-3 with a solo shot off the scoreboard in the first and followed things up with a three-run bomb to right-center in the fifth. Green smashed his two-run blast over the left field wall in the third, which put the Bucs up for good, 3-2. Freshman outfielder Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) went 2-for-2 at the plate, while senior Alex Reynolds (Johnson City, Tenn.) provided ETSU with its other RBI in the fourth.

Seton Hall’s Jon Prosinski – who allowed only one run in seven innings against No. 1 North Carolina last weekend – suffered the loss after being charged with all seven runs on six hits in five innings of work on Friday. Prosinski, the BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year selection, issued only two home runs in his career prior to today’s game and the solo shot by Freeman in the first marked his first homer allowed since April 25, 2010.

With the win, ETSU improved to 4-1 on the young season, and the Bucs will be eyeing their first five-game winning streak since stringing together six consecutive victories from April 30-May 7, 2011.

The Bucs didn’t wait long to get on the scoreboard as Freeman’s solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the first put the Blue and Gold up, 1-0. The blast by Freeman was his third straight first-inning home run and it also extended his hitting streak to eight straight games, dating back to last season.

Seton Hall took its only lead of the game in the top of the second as Sal Annunziata led off the inning with a home run to left and jumped ahead, 2-1, on Dillon Hamlin’s two-out RBI single up the middle.

However, Doane settled in nicely after the shaky inning and didn’t allow a Pirate base runner to reach second base until two outs in the sixth.

With Doane hitting his pitches, ETSU’s offense came up big in the third and fifth innings, courtesy of the long ball. Green put the Blue and Gold up for good with his two-run homer in the third, while Freeman continued to put on a show for the Buccaneer faithful as the junior slugger took the first pitch he saw and sent over the wall in right-center – putting ETSU up, 7-2.

The Pirates broke their four-inning scoreless streak in the seventh when Ryan Sullivan led off with a triple and scored on Hamlin’s sacrifice fly to right.

Fortunately, Doane kept Seton Hall off the board in the eighth and ninth innings, and registered his second complete game of his career.

Annunziata and Guiseppe Papaccio both provided Seton Hall with two-hit games as they recorded four of the Pirates’ nine hits.

The Bucs and Pirates return to the diamond for game two of the series on Saturday with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m., at Thomas Stadium. Freshman Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.) will get the start for ETSU, while Anthony Elia gets the nod for Seton Hall.   

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- During this four-game winning streak, the Bucs are averaging nine runs per game and hitting .305 (40-131) with eight doubles, two triples, and six home runs

- Kerry Doane hasn’t issued a walk in his first two starts this season (15.0 IP) and hasn’t walked a batter in his last 21.0 innings of action, dating back to last season

- Clinton Freeman recorded his second multi-homer game of the season and is hitting .688 (11-16) with one double, one triple, six home runs, 11 runs scored, and 11 RBI this season … Freeman has also walked seven times and is slugging 2.000, along with posting an on-base percentage of .783

- Andrew Green has also hit safely in all five games to start the 2013 season, and like Freeman, has recorded a hit in his last eight games

- Derek Niesman has reached base in all five games to start the year

- Today marked the first time ETSU and Seton Hall have played since 1985 when the Pirates swept the Bucs