Feb. 26, 2012
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave East Tennessee State a 4-3 win over the Saint Joseph's baseball team on Sunday afternoon at Thomas Stadium. Sophomore Jordan Carter got the start and pitched well, allowing just one run in six innings.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when East Tennessee State (4-2) managed to scratch out a run on a single by Zach Thompson.
The Bucs' Jake Long retired the first 12 hitters he faced, but Brian O'Keefe led off the fifth inning with a single to give Saint Joseph's (1-5) its first baserunner.
The Hawks would have an opportunity in the sixth, putting runners on first and second with one out, but Long was able to induce a double play to escape the jam.
SJU finally broke through in the seventh as O'Keefe led off the inning and reached on an error. Three batters later, Lansing Veeder reached on another error, allowing O'Keefe to score the equalizer.
The Hawks then took the lead when Greg Kumpel reached via a third error in the frame that plated Veeder with the go-ahead run.
After O'Keefe was walked intentionally to load the bases with one out in the eighth, Kevin Taylor brought home a run with a fielder's choice to extend the lead to 3-1.
The Bucs got one back in the bottom half of the frame when Kerry Doane hit into a fielder's choice that scored Alex Reynolds and cut the Hawk lead to one.
In the bottom of the ninth, a single, a walk, and a passed ball left runners on second and third with nobody out for Derek Thompson. Thompson's infield single tied the game before a sacrifice fly by Reynolds brought in the winning run.
Carter had his second consecutive solid start, working six innings and allowing just the one run on four hits while walking two and striking out one.
The Hawks will next travel to the Pacific Northwest for a four-game set at Washington and a two-game series at Seattle. First pitch for Friday's series opener at UW is set for 8:00 p.m. Eastern.