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Bucs rack up 13 hits in 11-5 win over The Citadel

Tanner Cook • Updated May 6, 2018 at 5:51 PM

The East Tennessee State baseball team salvaged a win in a weekend series by beating The Citadel 11-5 on Sunday afternoon at Thomas Stadium.

The Bucs nailed down its 24th win of the season and its ninth win in the Southern Conference.

The Bulldogs dropped to 17-28 on the season, but won the overall series against the Bucs on the weekend.

CLOSE TO HISTORY

ETSU and former Dobyns-Bennett shortstop Chris Cook finished the game with three hits, bringing him one hit shy of tying Shane Byrne for second all-time in program history for career hits. He also had two RBIs on the day.

He currently sits in third with 289.

The all-time hits record is held by Paul Hoilman with 307.

DELIVERING THE DAGGER

With ETSU leading 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Bulldogs having scored three runs in the previous three frames, the Bucs needed to shut the door.

They got it when the bases were loaded and Aaron Maher hit a tapper to right center field that ended up being a triple. All three runners scored and the Bucs seized a 10-5 lead with ETSU needing three more outs to get the victory.

ROUGH START

Bucs starter Maher had a rough start to the day, throwing over 30 pitches in the opening frame and allowing a run before recording the first out.

He was relieved in the second by Russell Koesters, who eventually got the win for ETSU.

CITADEL SURGES

The Bulldogs looked to mount a rally in the sixth inning when they got a pair of runs.

However, ETSU was able to escape with no more damage done and still clinging to a two-run lead going into the final three innings.

David Sweeney came in relief of Koesters and recorded the save.

QUICK STATS

For the Bulldogs, Ryan McCarthy went 1-for-4 with a home run that started off the eighth inning.

Bryce Leasure went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, and Clay Martin went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

For ETSU, Maher went 3-for-4 at the plate, finishing a home run shy of the cycle, and posted four RBIs. The Bucs matched their season total for triples (2) on the day as Ethan Rice recorded the other one.

Caleb Longley, Cullen Smith, Sean Kearney and Hunter Parker all had at least one RBI for ETSU in the game.

UP NEXT

The Bucs will be on the road at Marshall on Tuesday, May 6, before returning home for the final series at Thomas Stadium of the season against Furman, beginning May 11.

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