Lady Bucs fall short in regular season finale, capture fourth seed for Championship Tournament

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Mt Pleasant, S.C. (May 8, 2005) - The College of Charleston softball team defeated East Tennessee State, 9-1, to win the Southern Conference regular season title for the second time in three years.  With the win, CofC improves to 47-16 overall and 17-4 in conference play. The 47 wins marks the most in regular season wins in Southern Conference history and gives them the top seed in the SoCon tournament.  East Tennessee State falls to 25-31 overall and 10-9 in conference play.

 

ETSU grabbed the early lead on a leadoff home run by Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) off of Cougar pitcher Rachael Stern, the homerun was Sprague's second of the year. 

 

The Cougars got on the board in the bottom of the third when Jayme Durand hit a sacrifice fly to score Renee Francis. Berni Martinez kept the rally alive with a single to score Leshe Russell and Shondra Schlichenmayer crushed a triple over the fielder's head in right field to score Bridget Loudermilk and Martinez, putting CofC up 4-1.

 

Jessica Lyness then led of the Cougar half of the fourth with a triple to right center field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Carly Petracco. Francis plated Darcy Johnson with a single to center field giving the Cougars a 6-1 edge and Durand doubled to score two more. Martinez then hit a single to score Durand and extend the lead to 9-1.

 

Rachael Stern (27-9) shut down the Bucs in the ninth to pick up the win. With the win, Stern broke her own school record for wins in a season.

 

Brittney Lehrschall (Leland, N.C.) (2-5) was the losing pitcher, giving up nine runs, only two of which were earned.  Berni Martinez was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Cougars, Renee Francis score two runs and had an RBI on 2-of-2 hitting.

 

Sprague led the Bucs, going 1-for-3 with her second home run of the season, while Jessica Lonsinger (Dale City, Va.) added one hit for ETSU in the loss. 

 

ETSU will enter the 2005 Southern Conference Championship Tournament as the fourth seed, where they will face the number five seed, Elon in opening round action from Charleston Thursday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. 

 

 

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