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Henderson's blast, Hardy's 14 strikeouts help Softball Bucs split with Stetson
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
With the split, ETSU moved to 23-27, 7-9 in the Atlantic Sun; while the Hatters went to 34-19, 8-7.
The Lady Bucs jumped all over Stetson's Amanda Lindsey by scoring all four runs in the first inning of game one. ETSU took advantage of key two-out hits as junior third baseman Jessie Hackworth (
ETSU forced Lindsay to make an early exit as she lasted two innings and was charged for four runs on three hits. Nicole Peltz entered in relief and tossed four innings of shutout ball, while limiting the Lady Bucs to only three hits. Hackworth posted her second hit of the game with her double to right-center in the fourth, but was left stranded after Hardy grounded out to short.
Stetson clipped ETSU's lead to 4-1 on Lindsay Wightman's solo home run to left field in the top of the fourth. The Hatters continued to use the long ball to their favor when Migliori recorded her 15th bomb of the year in the sixth. Stetson made it a one run Lady Buccaneer lead, 4-3, with her two-run home run to left.
The Softball Bucs left a runner at third in the fifth and sixth innings; however, Hardy did an excellent job by not making those runners left aboard come back and haunt ETSU. Hardy worked out of a one-out jam in the top of the seventh to earn her sixth straight win. The Rocklin,
Hardy allowed three runs on three hits and struck out 14 en route to her 14th victory of the campaign. Hackworth and Henderson each had two hits apiece as Henderson recorded her first career triple in the sixth.
In game two, Stetson scored five runs on 10 hits to earn a split.
Freshman Ashley Boyd (
Hardy entered in relief and retired six straight before issuing another homer to Migliori in the fifth. The right-handed first baseman sent one over the fence in right-center, giving the Hatters a 4-0 lead. Hardy's day came to an end after the inning and totaled 19 strikeouts on the afternoon.
Sophomore Darci Gilbert (
Despite not tallying a hit, Hackworth reached base three times. The slugger reached on an error in the first and worked two walks in the game. Junior Cat Zyskowski (
The Lady Bucs continued to fight in the seventh as Massenzo doubled to right-center and junior outfielder Kate Powell (
Demers moved her record to 15-7 after tossing two-hit shutout, and Boyd saw her mark fall to 6-9.
ETSU returns to action on Thursday afternoon when they host
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