Bucs' Five-Run Ninth Tops Cats

CHARLESTON, S.C. - East Tennessee State broke a 5-5 tie by scoring five runs in the ninth inning dropping Kansas State, 10-6, on Saturday in the Wildcats' second game of The Citadel Memorial Challenge at Riley Park.

It was a tough loss for the Wildcats, who took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and later led 5-4 after six innings. K-State dropped to 1-1 on the young season, while the Bucs (1-1) picked up their first win.

For the second day in a row, the game came down to the ninth inning. ETSU started the inning with a pair of singles off freshman reliever Jake Doller (0-1). Paul Hoilman then laced a double into the right-center field gap to plate two and give the Bucs a 7-5 lead.

Another freshman, Keith Picht, came on for Doller but was roughed up by the Bucs, who delivered a single and a double on Picht's first two pitches to score two more runs and put the game out of reach. The Wildcats scratched across a run in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by Carter Jurica, who went 2-for-4, including a double.

"I thought Evan Marshall did a great job," said head coach Brad Hill of his starting pitcher. "But I thought they (ETSU) did a really good job of pressing us from a pitching standpoint. It was the second day in a row that we didn't walk anybody, and they probably took note of that. They got aggressive with the bat and we had to make some adjustments. They got on a roll and I don't think we pressed them much offensively after the first inning."

ETSU, which pounded out 18 hits, was led by Kerry Doane, who went 4-for-5 with two RBI. Hoilman, Chas Byrne and Derek Niesman each tallied three hits.

Buccaneer reliever Scott McNally (1-0) took the win after tossing a hitless eighth inning with two strikeouts, setting the stage for his offensive mates in the ninth.

Kent Urban and Mike Kindel joined Jurica with two-hit games to lead the Wildcats, while Nick Martini was 1-for-5 with a RBI double.

Kansas State got off to a hot start for the second-straight day, scoring three runs in the first inning. Urban began the inning with a one-out single to center field and moved to third on a double down the right-field line by Jurica. Martini followed with another double, this one down the left-field line, to plate two runs.

After a failed pick-off attempt moved Martini to third, Kindel dropped a base hit into left field to make the score 3-0.

ETSU came back with four runs in the third inning to take the lead. Following a one-out error, Hoilman drilled a home run over the right-field wall to bring the Bucs within a run. Marshall struck out the next batter for the second out but then allowed four-straight singles - the last two by Byrne and Andrew Green - that brought home another two runs and gave ETSU a 4-3 advantage.

The Wildcats tied the game in the fourth as freshman Blair DeBord pounded a two-out double into the right-field corner to score Daniel Dellasega from first and tie the game at four apiece.

Marshall settled down after and retired nine of the next 10 batters before K-State took a one-run lead in the sixth. Kindel hit a one-out single to center field and moved to second when Dellasega was hit by a pitch. Matt Giller was singled through the right side of the infield to plate Kindel and put the Wildcats ahead 5-4.

ETSU immediately tied the game in the top of the seventh when Hoilman hit a leadoff double - just off the outstretched glove of Urban in left field. Derek Trent followed with a single to left to tie the game at 5-5.

Kansas State faces The Citadel in the final game of The Citadel Memorial Challenge on Sunday. First pitch from Riley Park is set for 1:30 p.m. (CT).