JOHNSON CITY, TN - East Tennessee State wiped out an early four-run deficit in a 12-4 win over The Citadel in a non-conference game Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs are 13-21 heading into a Southern Conference series this weekend at Appalachian State. The Buccaneers, coached by former Citadel baseball and football star and athletic hall of fame member Tony Skole, are 15-17.
The Citadel jumped all over East Tennessee starter Logan Rice for four runs on four hits in the top of the first, including a run-scoring double by Tyler Griffin, a two-run single off the bat of Johnathan Stokes and an RBI single by Ryan Kilgallen.
Drew DeKerlegand got the inning started when he was hit by a pitch for the 48th time in his career, moving him within three of catching Daryl Byrd for the top spot in school history.
East Tennessee wasted little time getting right back in the game. Facing Johnson City native Kevin Connell, the Buccaneers scored three times in the bottom of the first including a two-run homer by Chris Riopedre.
Neither team scored over the next two frames before East Tennessee went in front in the fourth against Brett Tompkins. Trey York and Kevin Phillips opened the inning with consecutive triples, and a double by Gage Downey put the Buccaneers ahead to stay, 5-4.
The Citadel piled up eight hits over the first four innings but left six runners on base during that span, giving East Tennessee the opportunity to take the lead. After DeKerlegand and Bo Thompson had two-out singles in the fourth, Buccaneer pitchers retired the final 16 batters.
The Buccaneers steadily pulled away in the later innings, scoring seven runs in their final four times at bats including three in the seventh and two in the eighth which featured a solo home run by Dylan Tritsch.