ETSU 3, Auburn 2 (10 innings): Tigers' offensive struggles allow Bucs to rally

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Keegan Thompson was excellent in his second start, but a couple of late defensive miscues combined with more issues at the plate doomed Auburn.

Keegan Thompson pitched 8 1/3 strong innings, but Auburn's inability to muster much offense allowed East Tennessee State to rally for a 3-2 win victory in 10 innings Sunday afternoon at Plainsman Park. The Buccaneers scored all three runs after the sixth inning.

Thompson allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits, and he struck out five without allowing a walk. Holding a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, an error by shortstop Dan Glevenyak on a ground ball allowed ETSU right fielder Jeremy Taylor to reach second base. Center fielder Dylan Tritsch moved Taylor to third with a sacrifice bunt, and closer Terrance Dedrick came on in relief of Thompson. With one out and the infield in, left fielder Clinton Freeman singled past second base, tying the game.

Dedrick stayed in for the top of the 10th and induced a leadoff ground out from shortstop Chris Riopedre. Third baseman Chris Cook came up and hit a line drive to left field, and Hunter Kelley, who replaced J.J. Shaffer, missed the ball on an ill-advised dive, allowing Cook to reach third. The play was ruled a triple. One batter later, second baseman Trey York gave ETSU the lead with a sac fly to right.

Auburn (3-4) did all of its damage on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. After Damon Haecker and Jackson Burgreen reached on an infield single and walk, respectively, third baseman Blake Austin singled to left, but Haecker was cut down at home for the second out of the inning. Catcher Blake Logan came up and doubled off the glove of Freeman in left center, driving in Burgreen and Austin.

Soft-tossing submariner Will Chesney (1-0), who threw a majority of his pitches in the mid-70s, struck out three in 2 1/3 perfect innings to pick up the win for the Buccaneers (4-3). Dedrick (0-1) was saddled with the loss, giving up one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings.

It was another game that featured a frustrating offensive output for Sunny Golloway's team. The Tigers have scored 18 runs in seven games this year, averaging just 2.6 per contest. They've been held to three or fewer in five outings.

Auburn returns to action Tuesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. game against Alabama A&M. Justin Camp should be on the mound for the Tigers.

ETSU 3 (4-3)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
TAYLOR, Jeremy rf 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
TRITSCH, Dylan cf 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
FREEMAN, Clinton lf 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 0
PHILLIPS, Kevin 1b 4 0 1 0 0 1 14 0 0
ROACH, Tyler dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3
RIOPEDRE, Chris ss 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 3 0
COOK, Chris 3b 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
YORK, Trey 2b 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 5 0
DOWNEY, Gage c 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0
NESSELT, Jimmy p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
BURTON, Jared p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CHESNEY, Will p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 33 3 6 3 0 5 30 15 3

Auburn 2 (3-4)

Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Anfernee Grier rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 1
Ryan Tella cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0
Dan Glevenyak ss 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0
Damon Haecker 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1
Daniel Robert 1b 3 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Patrick Savage ph/1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Jackson Burgreen dh 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0
Blake Austin 3b 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 0
Blake Logan c 4 0 2 2 0 0 5 2 0
J.J. Shaffer lf 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3
Hunter Kelley lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1
Keegan Thompson p/1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Terrance Dedrick p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 33 2 8 2 2 5 28 8 7

Score by Innings                      R  H  E
---------------------------------------------
ETSU................ 000 000 101 1 -  3  6  1
Auburn.............. 000 200 000 0 -  2  8  1
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E - COOK(4); Glevenyak, D(1). DP - ETSU 1. LOB - ETSU 3; Auburn 7. 2B - Robert, D.(1); Logan, B.(1). 3B - COOK(1). HBP - Grier, A.. SH - TRITSCH(2); Tella, R.(2); Glevenyak, D(2); Shaffer, J.(1). SF - RIOPEDRE(1); YORK(1). SB - Glevenyak, D(3). CS - ROACH(1); Grier, A.(2).

ETSU ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
NESSELT, Jimmy 7.0 8 2 2 1 2 2 0 1 0 23 28 4 12 86
BURTON, Jared 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 1 11
CHESNEY, Will W,1-0 2.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 8 8 3 1 31
Auburn ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Keegan Thompson 8.1 4 2 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 27 29 14 5 83
Terrance Dedrick L,0-1 1.2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 4 1 16

Win - CHESNEY (1-0). Loss - Dedrick, T. (0-1). Save - None. WP - NESSELT 2(2); Thompson, K.(1). HBP - by NESSELT (Grier, A.). Pitches/strikes: NESSELT 86/53; BURTON 11/6; CHESNEY 31/22; Thompson, K. 83/62; Dedrick, T. 16/12.

Umpires - HP: Jay Pierce 1B: David Savage 3B: Craig Mirr
Start: 2:07 pm Time: 2:41 Attendance: 3091
Weather: 65, overcast

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