JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. --- Luis Ezra and Jaden Steagall recorded three hits and three RBI each to lead the Tusculum University baseball team to a 9-4 non-conference victory over rival Carson-Newman University Wednesday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Complex.
The Pioneers (4-4) finished the game with 12 hits as the visitors led wire-to-wire to record its fourth road win over the Eagles (7-2) in their last five trips to Jefferson City.
Tusculum jumped out to a 7-0 lead plating a run in the second inning and two runs each in the third, fourth and fifth frames. C-N answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth to draw within 7-3.
But the Pioneers got a two-out, two-run double by Steagall in the top of the eighth to put some distance between TU and the Eagles.
Tusculum got on the board in the second with an unearned run and in the third inning, Fuzzy Furr had a RBI hit and Steagall followed with a RBI double for a 3-0 TU lead.
In the fourth inning, Adderley led off with single and Ezra blasted a two-run homer to right field to extend the lead to 5-0. For Ezra, it was his second homer of the year.
With TU leading 7-0, Carson-Newman scored twice in the bottom of the fifth as Zach Boze scored on a wild pitch and Charlie Brown touched the plate on a fielder's choice to make it a 7-2 game.
After C-N tacked on another run in the sixth, but the Pioneers responded with two runs in the eighth on Steagall's two-run double. Carson-Newman's Mike Wroth hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to provide the final margin.
Each team used five pitchers in the game as TU's Keegan Ernest (1-0) was credited with the win in a scheduled start as he tossed two shutout innings, allowed one hit and struck out two. C-N starter Nate Deloian (0-1) was charged with the loss.
Tusculum hosts NCAA II Tournament participant Gannon University this weekend for a four-game series at Pioneer Park. The two teams will play a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, followed by a 12 p.m. twinbill on Saturday. It begins a nine-game home-stand with eight straight games against teams who advanced to NCAA postseason play a year ago.