JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Mar. 12, 2008) - Sophomore Marissa Hardy (Rocklin, Calif.) was almost untouchable in game one against Tennessee Tech Wednesday afternoon as she posted a new career-high 12 strikeouts and lifted ETSU to a 3-1 victory; however, the Golden Eagles' bats woke up in the nightcap and won 10-3 from Metro-Kiwanis Park.
Hardy, who has already tallied two 11 strikeout performances this season, went the distance and allowed only one run on three hits. She retired nine of the first 10 Golden Eagle batters she faced, including striking out the side in the third. After allowing Tennessee Tech to score a run in the fourth, the Rocklin,
ETSU scored two runs in the second off Tennessee Tech's ace
After the Golden Eagles cut the lead in half, ETSU plated an insurance run in the fifth. Sophomore Cheniece Cason (
With the win, Hardy moved to 5-3 on the season and pushed her strikeout total to 72 in 62.0 IP. Hardy has also only allowed two runs on seven hits over her last four appearances (17.0 IP).
In game two, the Golden Eagles roughed up ETSU's pitching staff by knocking out six homers.
Sophomore Darci Gilbert (
ETSU clipped the lead to 4-1, after taking advantage of two Tech errors in the third. Junior Kate Powell (
Tennessee Tech added a run in the fourth and sixth, but freshman Katie Henderson (
Gilbert saw her record drop to 2-8 on the campaign after allowing four runs in 2.1 IP, while Maddie Schmissrauter moved her mark to 3-4 by holding ETSU to three runs on seven hits in six innings.
Haverman, Henderson, Hackworth and Powell all enjoyed their home-opener as they combined to hit .391 (9-for-23) with three RBIs and five runs scored.
With the split, ETSU pushed its record to 9-15, while the Golden Eagles stand at 12-14-1 overall.
The Softball Bucs return to action this Sunday as they open up conference play with league newcomer and leader