Cullowhee, N.C. (March 24, 2016) – With runners on first and third and no outs in the bottom of the seventh, play was suspended due to inclement weather. The Bucs were leading in Cullowhee 10-5 before the suspension of play, and the game will resume tomorrow at 4 p.m. followed by the originally scheduled nine-inning game.
Rain started to settle in at Hennon Stadium at the top of the seventh, but that didn’t stop the Bucs from plating runs in the top half with a solo home run from Lance Mays (Ridgely, Tenn.). It was his first of the year in a Buccaneer uniform. The Catamounts responded with back-to-back hits to put runners at the corners before the game was suspended.
To start game one, the Catamounts struck early with a two out, three run home run by Bryson Bowman. However, the Bucs retaliated in the top half of the second inning with five straight runs. Aaron Maher (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Caleb Longley (Cleveland, Tenn.) started the rally with leadoff walks, and Blake Rowlett (Clarksville, Tenn.) plated one off his double to right field. Mays was awarded a RBI off his fielder’s choice in the middle of the inning.
Later in the second for ETSU, Jeremy Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) hustled out a bunt base hit that scored Rowlett from third to make the game 3-3. Taylor was caught leaning, but the WCU first baseman threw the ball away that resulted in a fourth run for the Bucs. The last run of the inning for the Bucs scored off Hagen Owenby’s (Knoxville, Tenn.) bat as he hit an opposite field base knock to advance the lead to 5-3.
After two scoreless innings by the Bucs and Catamounts, the Bucs added a run in the fifth off McCabe’s RBI single to center. ETSU didn’t stop there as they padded the lead in the top of the sixth with three runs to score eight unanswered for the Blue and Gold since the second inning.
Owenby cleared the bases with a gap-splitting double to left center to plate two runs in the seventh. Rowlett knocked his second hit of the game and scored Maher from second.
WCU retaliated with a run in the bottom of the sixth off a RBI single by Kramer Ferrell.
Blake Smith’s (Ninety Six, S.C.) final line was 5.2 innings with six hits and five runs with four strikeouts and one walk.
Game two will start following the conclusion of the first game on Friday.