ETSU Cliches Spot in Championship With 1-0 Win at Mercer

Friday, May 10, 2013

MACON, Ga. – ETSU clinched its spot in the upcoming A-Sun Championship as senior right-hander Kerry Doane led the Bucs to a 1-0 win against No. 21 Mercer on Friday night at Claude Smith Field.

Doane held Mercer’s offense – which is one of the best in the country – to five hits en route to registering his fourth shutout of his career (all of which have come this season). He joins Jeff Andrews (1978-81) as the only other pitcher in ETSU history to toss four shutouts in both a season and a career (Andrews recorded his four shutouts in 1980).

Doane improved to 11-1 on the campaign and is one win shy of tying the Buccaneer single-season record for victories. He also struck out five Bear hitters and issued zero walks. In addition, he posted his 10th complete game Friday night, which is also one shy of tying Matt Baber (1999-2000) for the ETSU single-season mark.

The Bears left runners in scoring position in the fourth and eighth innings, but ETSU plated the only run of the night when Mason Hershey’s sacrifice fly to right scored pinch runner Zach Thompson in the seventh inning. From there, Doane retired nine of the final 10 hitters he faced to clinch the Blue and Gold a spot in the 2013 Atlantic Sun Championship.

ETSU has now won seven of its last nine games and improved to 29-20, 14-8 in A-Sun play, while Mercer dropped back-to-back games for only the fourth time of the year and moved its mark to 37-14, 15-7.

Game two of the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. Junior Logan Rice will get the start for the Blue and Gold, while Mercer counters with senior left-hander David Randall.

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