BRISTOL, TENN. (April 21, 2004) - The East Tennessee State University Lady Bucs softball squad (23-28, 3-9 SoCon) split their afternoon games at the Eighth Annual State Line Classic today in Bristol, Tenn. Defeating Virginia Tech in the first game 4-2, ETSU couldn't keep their momentum as they fell to the Radford Highlanders 12-4 in the night-cap.
In the Virginia Tech match-up, sophomore pitcher Courtney Jenkins (Knoxville, Tenn.) struck out three on her way to winning her third game of the 2004 season in a six inning, four hit outing. The Hokies scored one run in the bottom of the first to take the quick 1-0 lead, however the biggest offensive performance on the day was from ETSU in the top of the third inning when they scored all four of their runs for the game. Behind the masterful hitting of ETSU junior Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.), who tallied three hits adding three RBI and one run, the Lady Bucs took the 4-1 lead over Virginia Tech. With her three RBI, Lane has 30 thus far in the 2004 season, taking the team lead for RBI. Jenkins was able to hold the Virginia Tech bats silent until the bottom of the seventh inning when Tech added one run, however senior reliever Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) took the mound to capture the save for ETSU.
After an exciting first game with the Hokies, ETSU made the quick transition to face the Radford Highlanders. McVay took the mound for the start of the second game and in just one inning allowed five hits, seven runs and walked two giving Radford the early 7-0 lead. ETSU managed to battle back scoring two runs in the bottom of the third to give the Highlanders a run. After a Sara Beth Clayton grandslam from the Radford lineup, ETSU's spirits were downed as they were never able to regain ground on the Highlander lead falling 12-2 in just five innings. Highlighting the second game, Daniel Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.) posted two hits, as she also drove in three of the four ETSU runs.
For the day, Lane and Spetar each added three RBI, while Lane managed three hits adding one run for ETSU. Jenkins posted her third win of the 2004 season, while McVay added her first save for the year.
ETSU will be back in action as they host a three game series with conference foe College of Charleston April 24-25. Games are slated for a 1 and 3 pm start in the Saturday match-up while game time for Sunday is set for 1 pm.