JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The ETSU baseball team plated four runs in the seventh and then another four in the eighth to earn an 11-6 victory over UNC Asheville on Tuesday evening at Thomas Stadium.
With the setback the Bulldogs fall to 1-4, having dropped four games in a row since winning their season opener over UNCG on Feb. 19.
ETSU improves to 5-3 with the victory.
Freshman Joe Zayatz was credited with the loss for the Bulldogs in relief, as the freshman falls to 0-2 on the season. Zayatz allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in one inning of work. Fellow freshman Spencer got the start and threw three innings, giving up three runs on three hits with a pair of walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Second baseman Kyle Towles went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a run batted in from the leadoff spot while shortstop Tommy Houmard was 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. First baseman Hunter Bryant was 2-for-5 with rightfielder Erik Connolly driving in two RBI on a double.
ETSU’s Logan Rice earned the victory in relief to improve to 1-0 on the year. Rice tossed three shutout innings with three strikeouts to pick up the win.
The Buccaneers were led offensively by outfielders Clinton Freeman and Jeremy Taylor, who both posted three RBI on three hits to help lead ETSU to the win. Taylor recorded four runs scored from the leadoff spot.
The Bulldogs stranded 11 runners in the contest.
The Bulldogs will host Eastern Kentucky this weekend in a three-game series at Greenwood Field beginning on Friday afternoon. The series will be the home opener for Asheville after having their first home series of the season with Delaware State cancelled due to snowy conditions. First pitch with the Colonels is set for 3 p.m. on Friday.