ELON, N.C. (Apr. 17, 2005) - East Tennessee State extended its winning streak to six games, completing a weekend sweep of Southern Conference rival Elon with a 9-6 victory Sunday afternoon from East Field in Elon, N.C.
Elon hit three home runs in the game as Meredith Miley hit two while Sadie Ball added another. But ETSU's 15 hits, led by senior second baseman Mary Beth Hazelwood's (Knoxville, Tenn.) four, were enough to overcome Elon.
ETSU (23-24, 9-3) got on the board in the top of the first inning. Hazelwood singled to right centerfield to score junior outfielder Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) who had reached on a base hit to start the inning. With runners on first and second, sophomore shortstop Stephanie Gaynord (Manassas, Va.) singled up the middle to push Hazelwood and senior third baseman Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.)across home plate. Freshman first baseman Amanda Haverman (Kirkwood, Mo.) then singled through the left side to score Gaynord and give the Bucs an early 4-0 lead.
Elon (21-23, 5-7) responded with one run in the bottom of the inning when Debbie Zeigler's single to right center scored Paige Goss and cut the lead to three at 4-1.
The Buccaneers put runners on second and third after a single by freshman outfielder Briana Knight (Brier, Wash.) and a double by Sprague to start the second inning. Senior outfielder Dani Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.) then dropped in a short ball to left field to score Knight. Hazelwood then singled to right field to score Sprague and give ETSU a 6-1 advantage.
Zeigler drove the first pitch of the bottom of the third down the left field line for a double before Miley knocked a home run over the left centerfield fence to cut the lead to three, 6-3. With runners on first and second, Buccaneer junior starter Belinda Barrera (Fayetteville, N.C.) threw two consecutive wild pitches to advance Ball and Tracey Dahlen to second and third and then allow Ball to take home, trimming the Buccaneer lead to two at 6-4.
In the top of the fourth inning, with runners on second and third, Hazelwood singled through the left side to score Sprague. Gaynord then knocked a deep fly ball to center field to score Spetar. Junior catcher Jessica Lonsinger (Dale City, Va.) singled through the left side to score Hazelwood before a threw from the catcher to the second baseman got Lonsinger out at second to end the inning, but not before ETSU took a five run lead, 9-4.
Ball blasted her home run on the first pitch of the bottom half of the fifth inning to put an Elon run on the board and Miley put another ball over the fence on the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh to cut the margin to three at 9-6, but Elon was unable to plate any more runs.
Barrera (9-10) recorded the win for the Buccaneers after throwing five innings in relief. She gave up three runs on five hits and struck out five. Freshman starting pitcher Brittney Lehrschall (Leland, N.C.) pitched two innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. For Elon, Meredith Gay suffered the loss (10-8) after throwing one inning and giving up six runs on seven hits while fanning two batters. Whitney Meeks pitched four innings for the Phoenix and gave up three runs on seven hits while fanning three batters and Megan Borgaard threw two innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Miley led Elon from the plate, going three-for-four with three RBI and two runs. Borgaard, Zeigler and Dahlen all recorded two hits each for the Phoenix. Hazelwood was four-for-four from the plate for the Buccaneers with three RBI and two runs. Gaynord also recorded three RBI, going two-for-three while Sprague tallied three hits and three runs and Spetar notched two hits.
The Lady Bucs return to action as they travel to Tennessee Tech on Thursday, April 21 for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.