JOHNSON CITY — Kerry Doane didn’t waste time Friday.
On a cold and wintry afternoon at Thomas Stadium, the East Tennessee State senior right-hander tossed his first collegiate shutout and the Buccaneers picked up a 3-0 victory over Marist that took only one hour and 58 minutes to complete.
Doane (2-0) wrapped up his second straight winning decision by giving up six hits against five strikeouts and one walk over his nine innings on the mound. Of his 97 pitches, 64 went for strikes.
Starter Chris Bielak (1-1) took the loss for the Red Foxes despite allowing three runs, just one of them earned, on only four hits in seven innings of work.
Freshman designated hitter Dylan Powers’ first college hit pushed across two Bucs runs in the fourth. Chris Riopedre got the day’s other RBI off his eighth-inning single.
ETSU’s Clinton Freeman reached base twice, once on a single and once via a base on balls. The former David Crockett player now has reached base safely in 12 straight games dating to last season.
The Bucs (7-2) pushed their winning streak at Thomas Stadium to seven.
Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Freshman Griffin Krieg gets the start for ETSU, and junior Kevin McCarthy takes to the hill for Marist.