After being dealt a devastating loss in the opener, ETSU bounced back but dropped a heart-breaker in the second game.
The Softball Bucs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, thanks to sophomore Katy Jett's (Talbott, Tenn.) two-run homer to center in the bottom of the first.
ETSU would not back down as Trisha Massenzo (Russellville.
The game remained at a stalemate until the Eagles scored the game-winner on yet another wild pitch from Hardy. FGCU had runners on the corners when freshman catcher Katie Henderson (
Hardy, who started game one, took both losses on the afternoon. The Rocklin,
In game one, the Eagles pitching staff limited ETSU to only two hits, while
FGCU plated two runs in the first and three more in the second. Hardy looked like she was going to get out of a bases loaded jam in the first, but Desiree Miller's single to right-center with two outs scored a pair of Eagle runners. Hardy got out of the frame by picking her up her second strikeout as she froze Roz Tyre with runners on the corners.
The Lady Bucs missed their chance to push some runs home in the bottom half of the inning after leaving the bases packed. FGCU's Rachel Edinger and the conference win leader (15 victories) struck out Amanda Haverman (
Once again the Eagles caught some chances in the second as all three runs scored with two outs on the board. Hardy's bases loaded walk to Cheyenne Jenks plated Christa Piquette, and
After Hardy struck out the side in the third and allowed only one runner to reach in the fourth, fellow sophomore hurler Darci Gilbert (
With the sweep, ETSU fell to 9-17, 0-2 in conference play and Gulf Coast improved to 33-7, 2-0.
The Softball Bucs look to bounce back this Wednesday as they host Milligan in a double dip, beginning at 2 p.m.
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