Buccaneer softball set to face No. 11 Tennessee Wednesday afternoon in Knoxville
Junior Danielle Spetar is one of four Knoxville natives on ETSU's roster
Junior Danielle Spetar is one of four Knoxville natives on ETSU's roster

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 24, 2004) -- East Tennessee State's softball team will be looking for its first-ever win over a ranked opponent Wednesday, when the Buccaneers travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to square off with No. 11 Tennessee. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. at Tyson Park. ETSU (5-2) dropped both games of a doubleheader last year in Knoxville by scores of 8-0 and 8-3, respectively. Head coach Amy Fuller knows Wednesday will be a difficult early-season test for her squad, as the Lady Vols are off to a scorching 13-2 start. Wednesday's doubleheader also marks the home opener for the Lady Vols, whose only losses this season have come against Hawaii and No. 1 UCLA. "ETSU will present a tough challenge for our team," said Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly, who previously spent five seasons at Chattanooga, a fellow Southern Conference opponent. "They are a veteran squad and played very well here last March. With so many Knoxville kids on their roster, we expect they will have a good crowd supporting them. We will need to be ready to play our best." Lady Vol freshman sensation Monica Abbott will be making her debut in front of the home crowd by getting the ball in tomorrow's opener. The left-hander has compiled a 12-0 record and a 0.66 earned run average over 74.1 innings ETSU will be led by senior pitcher Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.), who is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA this season. McVay is also batting .333 with three doubles, a homerun, and eight RBIs. Belinda Barrera (Fayetteville, N.C.) has been named Wednesday's other probable starting pitcher. Barrera is 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA, including two complete-game shutouts. Sophomore outfielder Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) is listed as questionable after pulling a quadricep muscle in last weekend's UT Martin Econo-Lodge Tournament. Sprague is leading the Southern Conference with a .562 batting average. She also has driven in four runs and has three doubles. Junior Mary Beth Hazelwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) is batting .476 and has ripped 10 hits in 21 at bats with three two-baggers. LIVE STATS -- Game One Game Two
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WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU 69 F
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 15, 12:00 p.m. Morehead State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky