Spartans top Bucs

from staff reports

   GREENSBORO N.C. -- UNC-Greensboro designated hitter Ryan Gordon ended the Spartans' contest with East Tennessee State Saturday in a flash.
   Gordon capped off a seven-run second inning with his first career grand slam as the Spartans blasted the Buccaneers 14-8 in Southern Conference baseball action from the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
   Gordon paced the UNCG attack, as the sophomore went 2-for-4 with a season high five RBI's. In addition to his home run, Gordon added an RBI triple.
   The Spartans jumped all over ETSU starter Matt Hensley. He was charged with five earned runs on two hits, but three walks spelled the demise for the right-hander.
   Trevor Smith relieved Hensley, and gave up six runs. Five of those runs were earned on five hits.
   UNCG scored 13 runs in the first three innings.
   One bright spot for ETSU was Chad Boruff, who hit an eighth-inning home run off Scooter Michael.
   Jeremy Terry and Tim Turner both had two hits for the Bucs. Jason Sarvis went 3-of-4 with three RBI's and two runs scored.
   The Bucs and Spartans will finish the series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
   Friday's Game
   ETSU 9
   UNCG 8
   The UNCG baseball team rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Ryan Galligan grounded out to third base with the tying run on to secure East Tennessee State the victory.
   UNCG trailed 9-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but Gordon closed the gap with a two-run home run to deep left field.
   Jackson Simerly gave up four runs in the ninth, but former Happy Valley standout Jarrod Hyder closed the deal for the Bucs.
   The Spartans had the tying run on second and the winning run on third when Galligan's slow roller to third was fielded by Michael Giroud, who threw out Galligan at first to end UNCG's rally.
   Casey got the win for the Bucs by pitching eight solid innings, and allowed just four runs on nine hits.
   Matt Traylor and Chad Boruff both went 3-for-5, and combined for four RBI's. Justin Saltalmacchia led the Spartans with three hits.