Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Catamounts’ home win streak snapped at 21

Nation’s longest home win streak ends as ETSU picks up first win in Cullowhee since 2005

Cullowhee, N.C. (March 19, 2014) – The ETSU baseball team used a good time to break out its bats.

The Buccaneers got home runs from Tyler Roach (Knoxville, Tenn.), Matt Sorrow (Griffin, Ga.) and Clinton Freeman (Jonesborough, Tenn.), and ETSU snapped Western Carolina’s 21-game home win streak as the Blue and Gold defeated the Catamounts, 12-9, on Wednesday night at Hennon Stadium.

Roach and Sorrow both fueled a four-run third with solo shots to left, while Freeman capped off a four-run fourth with a two-run homer to left-center as the Bucs eventually built a seven-run lead after five-and-a-half innings of play. However, Western Carolina pulled within a run by plating six runs in the bottom of the sixth, but ETSU maintained its composure and Freeman closed things out by retiring six of the final eight Catamount hitters to earn his third save of the year.

As a team, the Bucs tied a season high with 14 hits, while the 12 runs scored were the most by the Blue and Gold this season.

Along with ending Western Carolina’s 21-game home win streak (the nation’s longest), ETSU also snapped a pair of losing skids of its own. Tonight’s win marked the Bucs’ first victory over Western Carolina since May 16, 2006, while it was ETSU’s first win in Cullowhee since April 9, 2005.

East Tennessee State (9-11)
Western Carolina (11-8)
3/19/2014 | Cullowhee, N.C. | Attendance: 272
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Western Carolina0110061009146
Win: McCANN (2-1)2.021110
Loss: Alex Barr (0-1)2.134311
Dykota Spiess (WCU)533101
Cody Jones (WCU)413110