Comeback Falls Short as Baseball Suffers 3-2 Defeat at ETSU
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/25/2012

Feb. 25, 2012

Box Score

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Kevin Taylor had two hits for the Hawks but SJU's comeback eventually fell short as East Tennessee State held on for a 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon at Thomas Stadium.

East Tennessee State (4-1) took an early lead, scoring two in the first on a triple by Kerry Doane and a sacrifice fly by Clinton Freeman.

The Bucs added one in the second on a home run by Derek Niesman.

Saint Joseph's (1-4) got on the board in the top of the fourth as a Tim Craig sacrifice fly brought home Chris Hueth, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.

SJU struck again in the fifth as Eddie Palmer led off the frame with a double and came in to score on a fielder's choice by Kevin Kratochwill to cut the deficit to 3-2.

The Hawks had a chance to tie the game in the ninth inning as Craig reached third base with two outs, but Doane, who had moved from shortstop to the mound, induced a groundout to earn the save.

Derek Bushey earned the win for the Bucs, his first of the season, while Alex Pracher fell to 0-2 for Saint Joseph's. Doane earned his first save of the year.

The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.