Cougars rout Buccaneers

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- A pitchers' duel for six-plus innings degenerated into an 11-2 College of Charleston rout of East Tennessee State as the Cougars exploded for nine runs over the last three frames on Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Park.
   The Bucs fell to (10-19, 6-9 SoCon), while the Cougars improved to (20-14, 8-5 SoCon) on the season.
   Buccaneer starter Steven Calicutt surrendered just an infield single to Cougar second baseman Lee Curtis through six frames, but the ETSU pitching fell apart in the late going.
   The Cougars grabbed a two-run first inning lead when Brett Gardner worked Calicutt for a walk and Matt Hallett was hit by a pitch.
   A wild pitch then moved both runners up 90 feet and Gardner scored on Curtis' infield hit. A sacrifice fly by Stanley Nix plated Hallett.
   Davis Burkin got one of those runs back for the Bucs with a solo blast over the rightfield wall. For Burkin it was his second round tripper of the season.
   For ETSU however Burkin's blast would be one of only two hits surrenered by Cougar starter Matt Soale (5-0). The other hit being another solo home run - this off the bat of Tim Turner in the fifth that tied the game at 2-2.
   The Cougars erupted in the seventh for a pair of runs on a two-run blast by Mark Lyons to stake the College of Charleston to a 4-2 lead.
   Homers by Matt Lauderdale and Nix with Lauderdale's blast being a ninth inning three-run shot that finished the scoring.