JOHNSON CITY — Right-hander Austin Hutchison tossed a complete game and Kevin Phillips smacked the go-ahead, two-RBI single in the sixth inning to carry the East Tennessee State baseball team to a 7-4 win over Atlantic Sun Conference rival Stetson on Friday at Thomas Stadium.
Hutchison, a freshman, became the first Bucs hurler to record a complete game this season. The Jefferson County native allowed four runs, three of them earned, on eight hits. He struck out six and walked three.
Hutchison (1-1) lowered his ERA to 2.05 in his three Friday night starts.
ETSU (10-11, 1-0) used a four-run sixth to rally past the Hatters (7-15, 0-1). Chris Cook of Kingsport drove in the first run with a double to right-center, and he crossed home plate on Tyler Roach's RBI single to left. Later in the inning, Phillips entered as a pinch hitter and snapped the tie with his two-out single that put ETSU out front to stay.
Jonesborough native Clinton Freeman, who led the Bucs with his 3-for-4 day, registered a personal milestone when he recorded his 200th career hit. Freeman had two doubles, one RBI and one run scored, and he's now hitting .457 (16-for-35) in his last eight games.
ETSU's Chris Riopedre also reached a milestone with his one-out infield single in the sixth that marked his 100th career hit.
Cook and Matt Sorrow posted two-hit games for the Bucs, with Sorrow's leadoff single in the sixth igniting the winning rally.
Austin Perez (0-4) allowed four runs on six hits in 5 2-3 innings of work. Kyle Pitts had a solo home run in the third inning for the Hatters.
Because of a rainy forecast Sunday, ETSU and Stetson scheduled a doubleheader for Saturday to conclude the three-game A-Sun set. First pitch at Thomas Stadium is at 1:05 p.m.comments powered by Disqus