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ETSU's offensive explosion leaves Milligan feeling blue
Saturday, March 24, 2007
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 24, 2007) - The ETSU softball team took full advantage of a picturesque spring day on Saturday, as they totaled 21 runs on 25 hits en route to its fourth series sweep of the season by knocking off Milligan, 10-7 and 11-0. With the sweep, the Bucs improve to 13-15, while the Lady Buffs drop to 16-14.
In game one, Milligan plated three runs before the Bucs even had an at-bat as Laken Stewart drove in the Lady Buffs' first run of the afternoon with her double to center. Stewart and Megan Aldridge crossed the plate when Jessica Blevins doubled to left-center, giving Milligan an early 3-0 lead.
The Bucs got on the board in the bottom half of the inning when Mary Catherine Vercoe (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) doubled home freshman Katy Jett (Talbot, Tenn.), cutting the lead to 3-1. A lead off homer by Stewart in the third led to Vercoe's early departure; however, Marissa Hardy (
After the Stewart home run, ETSU rallied by scoring the games next eight runs, and took a 9-4 lead after the fifth. The Bucs got things going in the third when freshman Cheniece Cason (
ETSU took advantage of some poor fielding by Milligan in the fifth, as the Bucs came to the plate 12 times. Jett tied the game at four, when her double to center drove in Stephanie Gaynord (
Both teams pushed a run across the plate in the sixth, but the combination of Hardy and Darci Gilbert (
The Bucs scored runs in each of their first four innings and defeated Milligan, 11-0, in the nightcap on Saturday. Eight of the 11 ETSU hitters that stepped in the batters box picked up at least one hit, and six of them posted a multi-hit game.
Jett got the Bucs on the board as she belted her third home run of the season off Kayla Walker in the first. ETSU plated two more runs in the bottom half of the first, giving them a three-run lead.
After pushing a run across the plate in the second and two more in the third, the Bucs were ready to make quick work of the Lady Buffs, as they scored five times in the fourth. Stephanie Cope (
Gilbert snapped her four-game losing streak by sending the Lady Buffs down in order in the fifth, ending the game due to the mercy rule. The freshman from
The Bucs as a team had a stellar day at the plate on Saturday as they went 25-for-53 (.472) with eight doubles, one triple and two home runs. Vercoe sure made up for her difficulties on the mound with her bat, as she finished the day going, 5-for-6 (.833) with three doubles, four runs scored and two RBI. Jett also provided a solid performance, finishing 4-of-7 (.571) with a double, home run and three RBI.
ETSU will now embark on its first conference road trip of the season when they head to