Bucs even series with Cougars

from staff reports

   After suffering a 17-0 pounding on Friday night, ETSU bounced back with a 8-5 win over the College of Charleston on Saturday.
   The Bucs (15-22, 8-9 Southern Conference) took advantage of four unearned runs in the first inning. Caleb Moore, Brandon Cross, Kirk Keithley, Mike Giroud each scored for the Bucs.
   ETSU added three more in the third to go up 7-0. Keithley, Giroud and Scott Rose crossed the plate for the Bucs in this inning. Reid Casey (6-4) picked up the win for ETSU, while Happy Valley alum Jarrod Hyder pitched three innings in relief to pick up his second save. Charleston fell to (24-14, 10-7) with the loss.
   Things were nighmarish on Friday with the Cougars scoring a run in every inning, but the eighth. Charleston pounded out 20 hits in the attack with designated hitter Josha Balcom leading the way with three hits, four runs, one of those being a home run in the second.
   Matt Rackers (5-1) was the winning pitcher for Charleston. Donnie Sharp (3-5) suffered the loss for ETSU. The three-game series concludes today as the teams play 2:00 p.m. at Cardinal Park.


   Jordan Czarniecki drove in four runs on two home runs and two doubles as Tennessee jumped out to a 14-1 lead and held off Arkansas to win 14-9 in college baseball action Friday.
   Ben Riley (3-2) picked up the win for Tennessee. Besides Czarniecki, the Vols got big offensive days from Nick Crowe going 2-for-4 and also getting to base on a walk.
   Saturday, the Razorbacks got a measure of revenge with a 7-6 triumph in a game that lasted 12 innings. With the game tied at six and one out, Scott Bridges singled driving in Michael Conner.
   Tennessee fell one game back of the .500 mark with the loss standing at 20-21 overall and 6-11 in the SEC. Arkansas improved to 22-14, 6-8 in league play. The series wraps up today in Fayetteville.


   ETSU junior Charvin Clark won the men's long jump going 7.30 meters to become a Southern Conference champion in the event Friday at Liberty Bell in Johnson City. Kingsport's Chad Hyder, also from ETSU, placed third in the men's shot with a throw of 14.63 meters.
   On the women's side, ETSU got a strong performance from Emily Chaney, second place in the steeplechase. Male counterpart David Haefner also placed second in the men's version of the event.
   Saturday saw Buccaneer ladies Jennifer Howard and Kim Simmons score a 1-2 sweep in the 400 meters. Also taking first place honors were the 4x400 relay team of Howard, Simmons, Tiffany Collier and Natasha Peyton.


   Playing in a match that lasted more than 3 1/2 hours in heat that registered in the mid-90's, East Tennessee State's Moises Serrano outlasted UNC-Greensboro's Niklas Hannson in three sets and placed the Bucs in the finals of the 2002 Southern Conference Men's Tennis Championships.
   ETSU will be seeking a fifth SoCon championship today against No. 1 seed Furman, in search of their 12th Southern Conference crown.
   No. 2 seed East Tennessee State shut out Davidson 4-0 in the second round held in Charleston, S.C. on Friday.
   The Bucs got a doubles point sweeping all three matches and won all of the six singles matches as well. Marcos Pavolich, Roberto Fernandez, Pablo Sahagun, Diego Iglesias, Alejandro Salazar and Moises Serrano all picked up singles wins for the Bucs.


   Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Gene Moeller, who followed up a distinguished military career with longtime service to the University of Tennessee athletic department, passed away Thursday night at the age of 70 after suffering a stroke at his home.
   After retiring from the U.S. Army in 1975, Moeller had worked in the athletic department since 1976 in a variety of capacities. He also was a linebacker on the Vols' football teams in 1951 and 1952, being part of the '51 National Championship team.


   Furman holds a three-stroke lead over College of Charleston with one round left to play in the Southern Conference golf championships at Greenville, S.C. Charleston's Daniel Brunson leads the individual standings by three strokes over David Sligh of Furman and Western Carolina's Greg Lewis.
   East Tennessee State sits fifth in the standings, 14 strokes behind Furman. Cennydd Mills in eighth place is the highest ranking Buc in the individual standings, 10 strokes back of the leader.


   East Tennessee State split a women's softball doubleheader with UNC-Wilmington losing 6-2 in game one, but taking game two 6-1.
   Sophomore Miranda Byerly led off the Buccaneer hitting parade with a triple to left field before former Unicoi County standout laced a single to left center to start the scoring.
   The teams finish up the three-game series today at 1p.m. at Metro-Kiwanis Park in Johnson City.


   Cloudland 5
   Johnson County 4
   Mark Byrd went 4-for-5 with one run and one run batted in leading Cloudland to a 5-4 non-conference win over Johnson County in prep baseball action.
   Dale Baker was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Caleb Denton was 2-for-3 with a RBI and James Gardner also picked up a RBI for Cloudland. Jeff Lewis countered with a home run for the Longhorns.
   The Highlanders improved to 9-7 overall with T.J. Lunsford getting the win. Jonathon Westphal took the loss for Johnson County now 12-7 on the season. Cloudland is now in the midst of a six-game win streak.