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ETSU Softball off to best start in school history after sweeping Milligan
Saturday, February 21, 2009
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 21, 2009) - A day after opening their brand new stadium with a split against Furman, the Lady Buccaneer softball team exploded for 22 runs and 17 hits, as ETSU swept Milligan on Saturday afternoon from the ETSU Softball Complex. The Lady Bucs opened with a 12-3 win in game one and capped off the sweep with a 10-0 win in game two, both ending in five innings.
ETSU - who closed out a four-game homestand and now leave
Junior Marissa Hardy (
The Lady Bucs were led by freshman Annie Martin's (Centerville, Tenn.) .667 batting average (2-3), while three ETSU players hit .500 - including junior catcher Trisha Massenzo (Russellville, Tenn.) - who extended her hitting streak to a team-high eight games after going 3-for-6 with with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs on Saturday. After posting ETSU's first-ever hit inside the new stadium with a home run on Friday, Massenzo came through with the Lady Bucs' first-ever double in game one.
After freshman right-hander Shelby Morris (
Fortunately, the Lady Bucs responded in the bottom half of the frame, as they scored 10 runs on eight hits and grabbed a 10-1 lead. Jessie Hackworth (
Hardy faced the minimum in the third thanks to Massenzo throwing out Jessica Fix to end the frame, but the 2008 Atlantic Sun All-Tournament selection faced a minor jam in the fourth. Hardy allowed a one-out single to Megan Heaton and she advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball. After allowing a two-out walk to Jessica Faircloth, Hardy fanned her third Milligan batter of the inning - leaving runners on first and third.
ETSU took advantage of some sketchy Milligan pitching and fielding, as the Lady Bucs scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to grab a 12-1 lead. Chelsea O'Connor (
Morris entered back in the circle to start the top of the fifth and allowed two runs on three hits, but left two Milligan runners stranded. The freshman righty worked out of the rough frame to end the game by forcing Jessica Russell to ground out to short.
Rachel Ingleby suffered the loss after being slammed for eight runs (seven earned) on five hits in 1.2IP. Faircloth - who entered in relief -didn't fair any better by issuing four runs in two and one-third of an inning.
GAME TWO RECAP
The Lady Bucs had no problems with Milligan in game two, as ETSU scored six runs in the first two innings en route to a 10-0 victory.
Sophomore Ashley Boyd (
ETSU led off the bottom half of the first with four straight hits, as Vicki McCoy (
Then, in the bottom of the second, ETSU took full advantage of two errors by the Buffs to extend its lead to 6-0.
After taking a 7-0 lead in third, the Lady Bucs run-ruled Milligan by scoring three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Powell led off the inning with a single to center, stole second and came around to score on Marissa Hardy's two-RBI double - which also sent in Jett - who walked after Powell singled. Hardy came around to touch the plate on Cason's RBI single up the middle.
Boyd worked a perfect fifth to lift ETSU to a sweep over the Buffs.
Sidney Burns was handed the loss after being tagged for six runs (three earned) on five hits, while Ryann Musick allowed four runs (three earned) in two innings of work.
The Lady Bucs will now say good-bye to
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