HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Just call him Iron Man.
East Tennessee State pitcher Kerry Doane threw another complete game on Friday, a 5-2 win in the opener of the first Atlantic Sun Conference baseball series against Northern Kentucky.
After getting tagged for two runs early, Doane (6-1) retired 18 of the final 20 batters, needing just 99 pitches to complete the game. He gave up four hits — three of them didn’t leave the infield — and a walk while striking out five.
Doane induced the Norse hitters into 15 groundouts and six flyouts in the 2-hour, 17-minute gem. The senior right-hander, who is leading the conference in innings pitched and tied for most wins, has six complete games in his last seven starts.
The Buccaneers (16-11, 5-5) had just six hits of their own but made them count, scoring all five of their runs in the sixth inning. Alex Reynolds drove in two runs, Mason Hershey singled twice and knocked in a run, and Clinton Freeman reached base twice on walks.
Brad Clement had the lone extra-base hit of the game, an RBI double in the third, for Northern Kentucky (4-25, 1-6). Freshman right Aric Harris (1-1) took the loss.
The second game of the A-Sun set will be played Saturday at 1 p.m.