Johnson City, Tenn. (Apr. 14, 2002) -- The East Tennessee State softball team completed a three-game sweep of Southern Conference rival Furman by defeating the Lady Paladins, 5-0, Sunday afternoon from Metro-Kiwanis Park in Johnson City, Tenn.
Buccaneer freshman pitcher Courtney Jenkins (Knoxville,Tenn.) tossed her second shutout of Furman this weekend, scattering six hits and striking out one. Jenkins recorded the win in all three games against the Paladins this weekend, running her record to 10-8 on the year.
The Bucs (19-24, 7-8 Southern Conference) got on the board in the bottom of the second. Sophomore right fielder Rhea Holler (Peoria, Ariz.) reached on an error to begin the frame. After a single by freshman shortstop Mary Beth Hazelwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) advanced her to second, Holler scored on a single by freshman third baseman Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.).
Jenkins made the 1-0 lead stand up, allowing just three hits through five innings. Furman (15-17, 7-8 SoCon) threatened in the top of the sixth, registering two hits, but Jenkins stranded runners on first and third.
East Tennessee State put the game out of reach by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 5-0. Senior designated player Melanie Collins (Greeneville, Tenn.) led off the inning with a single to right field. After a bunt single by sophomore catcher Sheryl Clark (Bradenton, Fla.) and a walk by Hazelwood, the bases were loaded for sophomore Julia Chance (Knoxville, Tenn.), pinch-hitting for sophomore first baseman Miranda Byerly (Candler, N.C.).
Chance came through with a single, scoring Clark and freshman catcher Amy Moore (Jacksonville, Fla.), who pinch ran for Collins. With two outs in the inning, senior second baseman April Arnold (Mountain City, Tenn.) singled to score Hazelwood and Byerly, who re-entered the game.
Furman again had runners on base in the top of the seventh, but Jenkins again got out of a jam, stranding Lady Paladins on second and third.
Lady Paladin starter Rachel Henley got the loss, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits, striking out five.
Arnold was the star at the plate for the Bucs, going 2-3 with two RBI. Collins also had two hits and Chance tallied two RBI.
LaKerah Barr and Jessica Matthews led the Lady Paladins at the plate, each recording two hits on the day.
The Buccaneers return to action on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against UNC Wilmington in a Southern Conference doubleheader from Metro-Kiwanis Park in Johnson City, Tenn.