Vols dispatch Gamecocks, ETSU falls to Catamounts

from staff reports and AP


   KNOXVILLE (AP) -- Derek Tharpe scattered 11 hits in 8 1-3 innings as Tennessee beat South Carolina 4-2 Saturday night.
   Tennessee (13-8, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) now has a one-game lead in the Eastern Division.
   South Carolina (16-7, 1-4) had five infield hits, but Tharpe (3-1) allowed two runs while striking out seven. The Gamecocks scored early on back-to-back doubles by Brian Buscher and Landon Powell.
   Tennessee tied the game in the third on a single by Jordan Czarniecki and scored two more in the fourth when Chad LeGate hit a single with the bases loaded.
   South Carolina added a run in the sixth, but David Marchbanks (4-2) took the loss.
   Luke Hochevar earned his second save by striking out the game's final two batters.
   In Friday's action, Jordan Czarniecki's three-run home run in the eighth innings spoiled a no-hit bid by Steven Bondourant as Tennessee handed South Carolina a 3-0 defeat.
   Bondourant (2-1) took a no-hitter through 7 1/3 innings before Kyle Norrid reached on a sinking liner to right that Tim Seaton couldn't get under. Justin Branson then drew a two-out walk. Aaron Rawl, South Carolina's top reliever, surrendered Czarniecki's first home run of the season over the left field fence.
   Not to be outdone was Vol hurler Ben Riley (2-2), who after giving up two first inning singles, retired 21 straight hitters before an error in the eight gave the Gamecocks life. A walk by Jon Coutlangus put South Carolina in position to take the lead, but Riley got Kevin Melillo to fly out to end the threat.
   Luke Hochevar picked up his first save as Tennessee snapped a two-game losing skid to improve to 12-8 overall and even its SEC mark at 2-2. South Carolina fell to 16-6 and 1-3 in league action.
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   BUCS LOSE TWO TO WCU
   Western Carolina scored at least one run in each of its innings, thanks to five home runs on the day, en route to a 20-1 victory over East Tennessee State Friday afternoon.
   Todd Buchanan tied a career high with six RBI on the day, hitting a solo homer and his fifth career grand slam. Todd Roper and Wayne Kilmer also provided plenty of firepower. Roper went 4-for-5 including two doubles and a triple in scoring four times and driving in three. Kilmer was 3-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored.
   ETSU scored their only run when Blake Church hit a leadoff home run in the top of the seventh. The Bucs were led by Caleb Moore, who went 3-for-3, and Church, who was 2-for-3. Josh Kite (2-3) took the loss for ETSU.
   Things got better on Saturday, but the Bucs still ended up on the short end of the stick, with a 13-12 loss.
   They scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning, but the Catamounts held on for a 13-12 victory after racing out to a 7-2 lead over the first four innings.
   East Tennessee cut the deficit down to 11-9 with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, before the Catamounts matched them in the bottom frame. Then came the three runs in the eighth, but WCU prevailed.
   The bottom third of the Western lineup, Brandon McDowell, Brett Kasten and Alex Gary combined to go 8-for-14 on the day. Derrick Hawk kept a perfect 3-0 record with the win.
   Tim Turner (1-4) absorbed the loss for the Bucs. He allowed 10 hits and 10 runs in four innings. Moore and Shane Byrne each had three hits for ETSU, with Byrne leading the team with four RBI's.
   Western moved to the top of the Southern Conference standings at 7-1 and improved to 16-8 overall with the win. ETSU fell to 3-5 in league play and 7-14 in all contests.