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McCann-backed Bucs end three-game skid

March 5th, 2014 10:14 pm by Staff Report

McCann-backed Bucs end three-game skid

ETSU-Eastern Kentucky boxscore

JOHNSON CITY — Left-hander Jamin McCann of Kingsport made his first start for the East Tennessee State baseball team a memorable one.

The former Sullivan South standout tossed five innings of two-hit ball and struck out six to help the Bucs snap a three-game skid with a 4-3 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night at Thomas Stadium.

McCann (1-1), a freshman who had made two appearances out of the bullpen this season, struck out six.

Trey York's leadoff homer in the fifth for ETSU (6-6) broke a scoreless tie and Jordan Sanford drove in the second run of the inning with his first career triple. Pinch-hitter Kevin Phillips drove in the third Bucs run in the sixth, and Dylan Tritsch plated what proved to be the winning run in the seventh when his single scored Sanford from third.

Despite allowing two runs and having the go-ahead run at the plate in the ninth, Jonesborough's Clinton Freeman, who has returned to the closer role, held on to earn his first save of the year by striking out Justin Cessna on three pitches.

York finished 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, a run scored and the homer, his first at ETSU. Tritsch was also 2-for-3. In all, seven different players accounted for the Bucs' nine hits.

Starter Ben Gullo (0-1) took the loss for Eastern Kentucky (4-7).

ETSU is back in action this weekend for a three-game series with Hartford.

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