GREENVILLE, S.C. – In the opening game of the 2018 Southern Conference Tournament, the Wofford College baseball team needed ten innings to earn an 8-7 win over ETSU. The Terriers scored first and had a 7-2 lead after seven innings. The Bucs scored three runs in the top of the eighth and Wofford left the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth. ETSU scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie the game and Wofford was retired in order. The Bucs left two runners on base in the top of the tenth and Wofford had an RBI double by Andrew Orzel with two outs to win the game.
Wofford is 36-21 on the season and ETSU is 27-24 overall. Wofford, the #3 seed, advances to face #2 seed Samford on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Terriers were led by McClain Bradley and Colin Davis with three hits each, while Andrew Orzel had three RBIs. The Bucs had three hits by Chris Cook.
In the first inning, the Bucs left two runners on base and the Terriers stranded one runner after a single by Brett Rodriguez. In the top of the second, ETSU stranded one runner after a walk. Colin Davis hit a triple to center field and scored on a throwing error on the play to give Wofford a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. The Bucs had a double in the top of the third for their first hit of the day, but the runner was stranded.
Mack Nathanson singled with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. A single by McClain Bradley and a throw to third base put runners in scoring position before a ground out ended the inning. Adam Scott struck out the side in the top of the fourth inning. Colin Davis singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, but was thrown out at second trying to make it a double. Max McDougald added a single with two outs and Alec Cargin walked. A single up the middle by Alex Malsch drove in McDougald for a 2-0 score.
The Bucs led off the fifth inning with a single and the runner moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, a single by Chris Cook drove in a run to make it a 2-1 game. Mack Nathanson singled to led off the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Andrew Orzel cleared the Green Monster in left field with a 427’ home run to give Wofford a 4-1 lead. ETSU opened the sixth inning with a double and with two outs an RBI single cut the advantage to 4-2. Max McDougald singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and he reached second base on a sacrifice bunt. An infield single by Alex Malsch gave Wofford runners on the corners and a sacrifice fly by Brett Rodriguez pushed the lead to 5-2.
With two outs in the top of the seventh the Bucs had a double, but stranded the runner. McClain Bradley hit a solo home run 368-feet over the wall in right field. It was his seventh home run of the season and gave the Terriers a 6-2 lead. Colin Davis added a single and Max McDougald walked. A double down the right field line by Alec Cargin scored Davis for a 7-2 game. ETSU doubled with one out in the top of the eighth and the runner scored on a two-out single. A home run by Jackson Greer cut the lead to 7-5.
Brett Rodriguez was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the eighth inning. McClain Bradley singled and Andrew Orzel was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. A strikeout and ground out left three runners on base. With one out in the top of the ninth, the Bucs had an infield single and a walk. A single up the middle drove in a run to cut the lead to 7-6. After a strikeout, a wild pitch had runners on second and third base. Another wild pitch allowed a run to score and tie the game at 7-7. A fly ball ended the top of the ninth and Wofford was retired in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings.
With one out in the top of the tenth, the Bucs had a walk. After a strikeout, the Bucs had another batter reach on a walk before a ground out ended the top half. Wofford had two outs in the bottom of the tenth when McClain Bradley reached on an error. A double to center field by Andrew Orzel scored Bradley and the Terriers won 8-7.
Adam Scott started for the Terriers and threw seven innings with two runs allowed on six hits. He had 13 strikeouts in the game to set a new school record for strikeouts in a season with 137. He broke the previous record of 129 set by Tom McIntyre in 1956. He now has nine career games with 10 or more strikeouts and holds the school career record with 389 strikeouts. Anthony Garcia threw 1.1 innings with five runs allowed on five hits. Jake Hershman (4-4) earned the win by going the final 1.2 innings without allowing a run.
ETSU starter Micah Kaczor went four innings with three runs allowed on eight hits while striking out three batters. Russell Koesters threw two innings with two runs allowed on three hits and one strikeout. Daniel Sweeney gave up two runs on three hits in an inning. James Giambalvo (3-3) went the final 2.2 innings with one run allowed on two hits, along with five strikeouts.
The game was the sixth to go extra innings this season for the Terriers (5-1). Wofford advances to face #2 seed Samford at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night. ETSU will face #7 seed Furman at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.