KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Mar. 8-10, 2007) - After dropping 10 of its first 14 games the ETSU softball team turned things around by winning five of its six games over the weekend at the Rebel Games. The Bucs combined for 40 runs, and posted two shutouts in their three-day trip to
ETSU kicked things off with a sweep on Thursday as they defeated St. Peter's 5-2, and then downed Holy Cross 9-3 in the nightcap. Things looked shaky when Darci Gilbert (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) allowed a first inning run to Peahens, but the Bucs got all the offense they needed, scoring four of their five runs off St. Peters' Amber Phillips in the in the bottom half of the inning. Gilbert cruised through the next five frames, allowing only one hit while striking out five. The freshman hurler had a dicey seventh as she put runners on first and second with only one out. However, she battled back by surrendering only one run, and earned her third win of the season. Gilbert allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six as she went the distance in game one.
The Bucs offense turned things up in the second game on Thursday against Holy Cross. Mary Catherine Vercoe (
The high powered offense and winning ways continued for ETSU as they combined to score 21 runs on 22 hits in wins over Lehigh and Sacred Heart on Friday. The Bucs scored all 10 of their runs in the first three frames and hung on to a 10-8 victory over Lehigh in game one. Gaynord started the inning with a single and eventually scored on Jessie Hackworth's (
ETSU and Sacred Heart looked to have a pitchers duel on its hands in the nightcap on Friday. However, ETSU's bats finally came alive in the fourth when the Bucs batted through the line up, and scored nine runs on eight hits. Three of the Bucs' eight hits went for extra-bases, while Gaynord and Haverman drove in six of the eight ETSU runs. The Bucs pushed two more runs across the plate against Sacred Heart's pitching in the fifth, pushing ETSU's lead to 11-0. Vercoe was untouchable as she allowed only one hit through the five innings, and picked up her second consecutive win.
Sacred Heart handed the Bucs their first defeat of the weekend on Saturday, 2-1. The Pioneers took advantage of Darci Gilbert's two-out walk in the first when Caitlin Carroll's double scored the first run of the game. ETSU tied it at one in the fourth when a Trisha Massenzo (
The Bucs quickly bounced back in the final game of the trip as Vercoe earned her third straight win and second consecutive shutout by blanking Farleigh Dickinson, 4-0. ETSU pushed its first run across the board without receiving a single hit. Senior Stephanie Gaynord reached second to leadoff the game thanks to an error by FDU's third baseman, and she scored the eventual winning run two plays later when Hackworth grounded out to short. The Bucs scored two more runs in the third and another in the sixth. Vercoe limited the Knights' offense to only two hits in six innings of work, as even her record to 5-5 on the season.
After beginning the season with 20 straight road games, ETSU will finally play its season opener on Tuesday afternoon when they host