CULLOWHEE, N.C. (April 25, 2007) - The ETSU softball team split with Western Carolina Wednesday evening as Amanda Haverman's (Kirkwood, Mo.) game-winning three-run homer propelled the Bucs to victory in game one, 6-2; however, ETSU could not make it a clean sweep in the nightcap as Western took game two by the same score at the Catamount Softball Complex.
In game one, ETSU (24-26) plated the first run of the evening, when Jessie Hackworth's (
Western Carolina (23-30) took its only lead of the game on Stephanie Beatty's two-run home run off Marissa Hardy (
The Bucs regained the lead for good in the fifth, by scoring four runs on three hits to take a 5-2 advantage. Three of the first four ETSU hitters reached base as Cason and Katy Jett (
ETSU made it 6-2 in the seventh, when Hackworth drove in her third run of the game as she doubled home Jett from third.
After suffering her first collegiate loss on Saturday, Hardy bounced back nicely, allowing only two runs on two hits while striking out six en route to her fifth win of the season. The Rocklin,
Despite a late rally, the Bucs fell short in the nightcap as poor fielding and untimely hitting hurt ETSU's chances to pick up its seventh sweep of the season. Four errors committed by ETSU accounted for four unearned runs in the 6-2 loss.
Freshman Darci Gilbert (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) cruised through the first two innings as she sent down the first six batters she faced; however, the Catamounts' Jamie Swank led off the third with a single and she quickly advanced to second on an error by Briana Knight (Brier, Wash.). Gilbert then retired the next two batters she faced, but a two-out RBI single by Mendy McKenzie put WCU up, 1-0. Western chased Gilbert from the circle an inning later after she allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits, which led to the six run lead for the Catamounts as the Bucs committed two more costly errors in the frame. Sophomore Mary Catherine Vercoe (
The Bucs finally ended Lauren Ross' shutout in the seventh when Trisha Massenzo (
ETSU missed plenty of chances to push runs across the plate in the nightcap as they left 10 runners stranded, including six through the first three innings. The Bucs had bases loaded with one out in the third but failed to score any runs, and they could convert with runners on first and second with one out in the sixth.
Gilbert (9-13) suffered the loss even though she allowed only two earned runs in 3.2 IP, while Ross improved to 9-7 with the win.
The regular season comes to an end on Friday when the Bucs host Mercer in an A-Sun doubleheader at