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Lady Bucs use long ball to sweep Western Carolina
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Henderson becomes ninth Lady Buccaneer player to homer twice in a game
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 28, 2010) - The Lady Bucs belted four home runs, including two by junior Katie Henderson (Jackson, Tenn.), and the ETSU softball team swept Western Carolina on Wednesday night from the ETSU Softball Complex.
ETSU got a clutch three-run scoring double from freshman Lucy Schneider (Dade City, Fla.) in game one and the Lady Bucs cruised their way to a 5-1 victory. In the nightcap, Henderson became the ninth Lady Buccaneer player to blast two homers in a game, and junior right-hander Jessica Duncan (Ooltewah, Tenn.) tossed a two-hit shutout as the Blue and Gold capped off the sweep with an 8-0 six-inning win.
With the sweep ETSU improved to 20-34, while the Catamounts had their three-game winning streak snapped and dipped to 10-37.
GAME ONE RECAP
Freshman outfielder Lucy Schneider cleared the bases with three-run scoring double in the third and sophomore righty Shelby Morris (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) allowed one unearned run in seven innings of work as ETSU defeated Western Carolina, 5-1, in the opener.
Morris, who improved to 3-6 with the victory, scattered eight hits and struck out a career high seven Catamount hitters.
With Morris keeping Western Carolina off the board through the first three innings, the Mt. Juliet, Tenn. was rewarded by Schneider's clutch one-out double to left-center - giving the Lady Bucs a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third. ETSU got back-to-back singles by Annie Martin (Centerville, Tenn.) and Cheniece Cason (Moreno Valley, Calif.), followed by a Katy Jett (Talbott, Tenn.) walk to load the bases - which led to Schneider's smashing two-bagger.
The Lady Bucs tacked on solo runs in the fourth and fifth to extend their advantage to 5-0. ETSU scored its fourth run on a throwing error by Western Carolina's third baseman, and senior Trisha Massenzo (Russellville, Tenn.) rounded out the scoring attack when her two-out single to center plated Jett - putting the Blue and Gold up five runs.
Morris was in line for her first collegiate shutout; however, a throwing error by Massenzo on a pickoff at first, led to an unearned run for Western Carolina. After Kristen Gay led off the sixth with a single to left-center, she advanced to second on Massenzo's throwing error. Then, with two outs and Gay on second, Jordan Fulton drove home her teammate with an RBI single up the middle - making it a 5-1 contest.
Morris wasn't fazed by letting the shutout go out the window as she retired four of the final five hitters she faced to pick up the win.
Katie King suffered the loss (2-21) for the Catamounts after allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits in six innings of work.
GAME TWO RECAP
Katie Henderson led off the third and fifth innings with solo homers, and in total the Lady Bucs blasted four bombs, as ETSU swept Western Carolina with an 8-0 six-inning victory.
Jessica Duncan recorded her second shutout of the season by holding the Catamounts to a pair of hits en route to improving to 9-8 on the year.
Duncan received all the offense she would need in the bottom of the first when Trisha Massenzo belted a three-run homer and Sam Lower (Sebring, Fla.) followed suit with a solo shot two plays later to put ETSU ahead, 4-0.
The Lady Bucs received a sac-fly RBI off the bat from Katy Jett in the second and Henderson's first solo shot extended ETSU's margin to, 6-0.
After Henderson recorded her second dinger of the evening in the fifth, Massenzo ended the game early when her RBI single in the sixth gave the Lady Bucs the 8-0 victory.
ETSU's defense flashed some leather to help keep the shutout intact, as Amy Campbell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) turned a pair of double plays. Campbell robbed Colby Liles of a hit in the fourth and doubled off Haley Pace at second after she recorded a two-bagger to lead off the frame. Then, Campbell recorded the second double play in the sixth as Pace hit a grounder to her at third - and after touching the base - the Chattanooga, Tenn. native fired a laser to Massenzo at first to double up the Catamount third baseman. Schneider capped off the inning of web gems when she tracked down a liner off the bat of Liles to end the sixth.
ETSU out-hit the Catamounts, 12-2, thanks to Lucy Schneider's 3-for-4 effort, while Massenzo and Henderson each posted two hits apiece.
The Lady Bucs look to close out the 2010 season on positive note when ETSU hosts Gardner-Webb on Saturday afternoon. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. at the ETSU Softball Complex.
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