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Bucs' rally falls short in 4-3 loss to Colonels

March 18th, 2014 8:54 pm by Staff Report

Bucs' rally falls short in 4-3 loss to Colonels

ETSU-EKU boxscore

RICHMOND, Ky. — The East Tennessee State baseball team, primed for a second straight comeback, came up one run short Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to Eastern Kentucky at Turkey Hughes Field.

Down by three in the top of the ninth inning, the Bucs got a two-run home run from Andrew Lasure — the sophomore's first at ETSU — and then managed to put the tying run on third base, but the clutch play eluded them.

With one out and runners on the corners, Gage Downey couldn't execute the squeeze bunt and pinch-runner Zach Mize was tagged out on a bang-bang play at the plate, keeping the Colonels' one-run lead intact.

Following a wild pitch by Cody Creamer, ETSU had runners on second and third, but Jeremy Taylor hit a deep fly out to the fence in right-center to end the game.

Chris Cook of Kingsport played in his first game for ETSU (8-11) since suffering an injury Feb. 28 and went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and run scored. Trey York and Tyler Roach also finished with two-hit games, and Taylor extended his streak of reaching base safely to nine straight games with his bunt single in the eighth.

Eastern Kentucky (8-12) snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Bucs, who had come back from five runs down to take a 5-4 victory over Bryant in 12 innings on Saturday, travel to Cullowhee, N.C., on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game with Western Carolina.

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