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Behind Shelton grand slam, Bucs get past Volunteers

Johnson City Press • Mar 26, 2019 at 10:51 PM

KNOXVILLE—Ethan Shelton swatted a grand slam in a five-run East Tennessee State second inning, laying the foundation for a 6-5 victory over No. 23 Tennessee on Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

It was the Buccaneers’ first victory over a ranked opponent since they defeated a 25th-ranked Tennessee team in 2014. The win was also the Bucs’ third straight over the Vols in Knoxville.

Shelton’s one-out blast erased a 3-0 deficit. Before ETSU’s half of the inning was complete, Cullen Smith doubled and scored on an Ethan Cady two-bagger.

ETSU added a sixth-inning run when Jake Lyle lofted a sacrifice fly to deep center field, bringing home David Beach for a 6-3 advantage.

The Vols (20-6) pushed across a pair in the eighth and had a chance in the ninth, but the Bucs executed a game-ending double play.

Shelton and Jackson Greer had two hits apiece for ETSU, with Beam reaching base in each of his four plate appearances — producing a single, double, walk and hit by pitch.

Sophomore pitcher Matthew Mercer started the game and left with the lead in the third inning. Knoxville product Trey Oglesby pitched a gem in relief, retiring 12 straight before allowing a single in a career-high 4 2/3 innings of work. Yielding two runs, Oglesby notched his first collegiate win.

James Giambalvo recorded the final three outs to secure his fourth save of the year. Chase Silseth was tagged with the loss for Tennessee.

The Vols took a first inning lead on a three-run home run by Evan Russell.

ETSU returns to action today at Thomas Stadium, hosting UNC Asheville. Action begins at 6 p.m.

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