ETSU baseball recorded its first loss of the season to Asheville on Saturday night in Spartanburg.
The Bucs were coming off a pair of wins and were expecting to perform well. The game was a low scoring one with only 5 points being recorded.
The first runs of the game were marked in the second inning by Asheville, which managed to bring in two runners and give itself the lead. Kyle Carruthers and Hunter Bryant were the Bulldogs responsible for the points.
The second scorer, Carruthers, sprinted home for the point after a wild pitch from ETSU’s Jimmy Nesselt.
No more runs were scored until the fifth inning when the Bucs pulled even with Asheville. With the bases loaded, Jeremy Taylor hit to left field and, although he flied out, allowed Zach Thompson to bring it home.
Next, Chris Cook singled to left field, sending Trey York for the point.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth when Bulldog Tanner Bush made it to home plate on a single from Joe Tiet Jen.
The game ended after the top of the ninth. ETSU was unable to utilize its offense and score. Asheville recorded its second win of the season.
Overall hitting: ETSU did better than Asheville with a .156, the Bulldogs only pulling .148. However, Asheville was able to get into scoring positions better than ETSU, which allowed it to pull that final run ahead of the Bucs.
This was the first matchup in a three-game classic that took place this weekend. The Bucs look forward to a double header against USC Upstate and Pittsburgh on Sunday.