ETSU defeats Tennessee for second time this season

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 20, 2018 at 9:49 PM

KNOXVILLE—For the second time in less than three weeks, East Tennessee State has made Tennessee one of its victims.

And the baseball Bucs were in a visiting role on both occasions.

On Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, ETSU overcame an early four-run deficit to knock off the Vols 9-6.

Jackson Greer belted a two-run homer and scored twice in a 3-for-5 performance for the Bucs. Christian Bailey also batted 3 for 5 while Hunter Parker had a pair of doubles in two at-bats, totaled four runs and drew two walks.

Chris Cook and Ben Jackson dented UT pitching for two hits apiece, with Cook collecting two RBIs.

The Bucs (11-6) utilized a half-dozen pitchers, with none recording more than six outs. Winner James Giambalvo and save-man Drew Korzybski each threw two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Behind a three-run homer from Brandon Trammell, the Vols (13-6) went up 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning.

Slowly battling back, the Bucs made it a 5-5 game with a two-run sixth. In the lower end of the inning, Jay Charleston singled up the middle to score Brodie Leftridge from second base, putting the Vols back in front by a run.

However, the Bucs pushed across four runs in the seventh. Cook drove in Cade Gilbert with a single, then Parker accounted for the go-ahead run by scoring on a throwing error.

Later in the inning, Jackson took advantage of a wild pitch to touch home before another throwing error enabled Aaron Maher to cap the scoring.

Charleston topped the Vols offensively, going 4 for 5 with a double and two RBIs. Trammell batted 2 for 5.

With the aid of a four-run ninth, ETSU defeated Tennessee 10-9 on March 2. The teams will meet one more time this season, playing on April 17 in Johnson City.

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