Saturday, March 03, 2007
In ETSU's first game they ran into a team they were familiar with, as they downed Florida A&M, 7-4, at the Wilson Invitational last month. The Bucs (4-9) won the first game by scoring three runs in the ninth inning, and this time the Lady Rattlers got revenge as they tagged Darci Gilbert (
Florida A&M (2-15) attacked first as they roughed up sophomore starter Mary Catherine Vercoe (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), scoring four runs on five hits through three-plus innings. After scoring one run in the third, the Lady Rattlers forced Vercoe to make an early exit as they began the fourth with back-to-back doubles and then Alacia Strafford dealt the Bucs a big blow as she knocked a two-run home run to right field, putting Florida A&M up 4-0.
The ETSU bats finally woke up in the sixth as they finally had an answer for Alicia Mitchell by scoring four runs on four hits off the Lady Rattlers starter. The Bucs took advantage of all the mistakes Florida A&M threw at them as they committed three errors in the inning, leading all the runs being unearned. Stephanie Gaynord (
Gilbert worked out of a jam in the seventh when she got Brittany Newby to ground out to Gaynord with runners on second and third. The Bucs had the game-winning run on second in the bottom half of the inning, but they could not get the run across the plate. Florida A&M then made ETSU pay in the eighth, when Turel Farmer smashed a three-run home run off Gilbert, putting the Lady Rattlers up 7-4. The Bucs would not go down without a fight as they put the first two runners on to begin the inning and a Massenzo single scored Haveman, placing the tying run at first with only one out. However, the Lady Rattlers hurler settled down as she got the next two ETSU hitters out, ending any threat for the Bucs.
In the second game, the
After dropping three games in the tournament the Bucs were eliminated from the Buzz Classic on Saturday night. ETSU will continue on its road trip as they head down to
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