Bucs battle back to defeat Wofford

Despite placing itself in a hole early and trailing
until the bottom of the eighth inning, the ETSU baseball team battled back to
rally past Wofford, 12-10, in a wild one on Tuesday afternoon from a blustery
Thomas Stadium.

With winds gusting out at over 25 miles per hour, both
teams combined for 22 runs on 29 hits and used 11 different pitchers. However,
the Blue and Gold were able to dig deep and generate offensive production late
in the game, while ETSU's bullpen cooled off the Terriers by holding Wofford
scoreless for the final three innings. Junior Will Chesney (Knoxville,
Tenn.) earned the win after holding the visitors from Spartanburg, S.C.,
scoreless in 2.2 innings and fellow junior Clinton Freeman
(Jonesborough, Tenn.) entered in the ninth to convert on his second straight
save opportunity. 

Wofford jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of
the first inning on a pair of two-run home runs and led 10-8 heading into the
bottom half of the sixth, but the Bucs managed to outscore the Terriers, 4-0,
for the remainder of the game and Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.) came
through with the clutch hit in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs and Mason
Hershey
(Altoona, Pa.) standing on second, Green scored his Buccaneer
teammate, as the Powell, Tenn. native sent a 3-2 pitch into the jet stream in
right-center for a triple – eventually proving to be the game-winning hit.
Green later scored in the inning when senior second baseman Derek Niesman
(Wellington, Fla.) worked a four-pitch bases loaded walk to add to the
Buccaneer lead.

For the game, three ETSU players registered three-hit
games as Green, Hershey, and junior outfielder Dylan Tritsch (Boca
Raton, Fla.) combined for nine hits in 14 at-bats. Green finished 3-for-5 with
a triple, two runs scored and three RBI, Hershey – who started the two-out
rally in the eighth with a double to straightway center – went 3-for-5 with the
run scored, and Tritsch recorded three hits (one triple) in four at-bats. 

Freeman – who was named Louisville Slugger National
Player of the Week on Monday – continued his hot streak as he homered in the
first, marking the fourth of the season for the local product. The two-way
standout went 1-for-3 with three walks (two intentional), two runs scored, and
two RBI. In the end, nine different players accounted for the season-high 15
hits for the Blue and Gold.

 

Courtesy: ETSU

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