Church's homer leads Bucs to 10-7, extra-inning victory

from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- East Tennessee State sophomore first baseman Blake Church belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Bucs an exciting 10-7 victory over The Citadel Saturday afternoon from Cardinal Park.
   With the win, the Bucs have won 10 of their last 13 games, raising their record to 24-22, 13-13 in Southern Conference games. The Citadel falls to 26-17, 15-5 in SoCon play.
   Much like Friday night's thrilling 10-9 victory by East Tennessee State, both teams had the lead on several occasions and had many opportunities to win.
   Caleb Moore earned his second win of the year (2-0) after allowing no runs on two hits over the final four innings of play. He also struck out three while walking one.
   Moore also led the Bucs at the plate, going 4-for-6 and scoring four runs while driving in two others. Church also went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
   "I do not know if you can ask any more of a player than Caleb Moore gave us today," said ETSU head coach Tony Skole following the game.
   "This was a great baseball game today," commented Skole. "It reminds me of a heavyweight boxing match, with both teams exchanging blows."
   East Tennessee State will be going for the sweep this afternoon at 1 as the Bucs and Bulldogs play the final game of their three-game series at Cardinal Park.
   Friday's Game
   ETSU 10
   The Citadel 9
   ETSU freshman left fielder Stephen Douglas hit an RBI single, scoring senior shortstop Andy Howdeshell with the game-winning run to break a 9-9 tie in the bottom of the ninth as the Bucs defeated The Citadel.
   ETSU senior lefty Josh Kite (Greeneville, Tenn.) saved the game for the Bucs, pitching out of a major jam in the top of the ninth. After Aughey and Andy Phillips reached base with consecutive perfect bunt singles to lead off the inning, pinch-hitter Tripp Cappellmann moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Coker then walked to load the bases with one out.
   Kite then got Matulia to ground into a fielder's choice, as Josiah Glafenhein was able to fire the ball to Moore to get the out at home. The next batter, Covington, also hit into a fielder's choice, grounding to Kite who flipped the ball to Moore for the force just before Phillips crossed the plate.
   After a thrilling top of the ninth, the Bucs put the game away in the bottom of the inning. After being down in the count 0-2, Andy Howdeshell reached on a leadoff walk. Glafenhein would walk with one out then Douglas lined the game-winning single to center to score Howdeshell from second.
   Kite (2-2) earned the win after two innings of stellar relief, allowing one run (none earned) on four hits while walking one and striking out one.
   Caleb Moore, Howdeshell, Steven Calicutt and Glafenhein all led the Bucs with two hits on the evening. Howdeshell also scored four runs and drove in three others, thanks in part to a two-run homer.