Friday, March 30, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (March 30, 2007) - The ETSU softball team met its most difficult match of the season as they were swept by the No. 1-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols 13-3 and 8-0 on Friday evening at Tyson Park.
The Bucs drop to 16-18 overall on the season, and remain winless in 10 tries against Tennessee, while the Lady Vols have now won 14 straight games and improve to 39-2 overall in 2007.
Freshman Katy Jett (
Jett got the Bucs going in the first as she belted one down the left field line, putting ETSU up 1-0. The ETSU lead did not last long as freshman Marissa Hardy (
After limiting the Lady Vols to only two runs on four hits through the first three innings, the
Hardy made her first collegiate start, but suffered the loss despite allowing only one run on three hits in 2.1 innings, while Abbott won her 11th straight game and improved to 30-1.
Looking to save her top two pitchers for a critical A-Sun battle against Stetson on Sunday, head coach Andrea Mangrum gave the ball to Amanda Haverman (
Haverman began the game by forcing Tennessee's leadoff hitter to ground out to short; however, the Lady Vols then recorded three straight hits and took an early 2-0 lead after the first inning. Things did not get any easier for Haverman in the second as she walked two of the first three batters she faced, and then surrendered a single and back-to-back doubles, leading to three more runs for the Lady Vols. Vercoe entered the game for ETSU and allowed two more singles, which gave Tennessee a 6-0 lead after two. The Lady Vols scored two more runs in the fourth, and held the Bucs scoreless in the fifth to end the game.
The Bucs will look to hold onto their share for first place in the A-Sun standings as they head to
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