JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 27, 2008) - Despite battling chilly and damp conditions, the ETSU softball team persevered and took care of business at its second annual Blue/Gold Tournament on Saturday at Metro-Kiwanis Park.
The Lady Bucs began the morning with an 11-3 victory over
Junior Trisha Massenzo (
Game One Recap - ETSU vs. King
ETSU struck first as they took advantage of a King fielding error in the bottom half of the second inning. After senior Jessie Hackworth (
With freshman Shelby Morris (
After the Lady Buccaneers scored a solo run in the fifth, King finally broke through with three runs in the top of the sixth. However, ETSU responded with four more of its own to take an 11-3 victory. Zyskowski drove in freshman Marlina Delisa (
Morris went the distance, tossing 6.0 innings of three-hit ball and allowed three runs. The freshman right-hander struck out six and walked three. Massenzo feasted on King's pitching, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI; while Jett drove in a pair of runs and crossed the plate twice as well. Eight of the 15 Lady Buccaneer players posted at least one hit in the game and six different student-athletes drove in a run.
Game Two Recap - ETSU vs.
All 17 Lady Buccaneer players contributed in the 17-1 victory over
Junior Darci Gilbert (
ETSU, who trailed for the first time of the tournament after the top of the inning, bounced back and scored seven times in the bottom half. Six of the first seven Lady Buccaneer batters reached to begin the frame, and ETSU rallied to take a 5-1 lead. Back-to-back doubles by Campbell and Henderson were the key hits of the frame; while Hackworth and Massenzo also knocked in runners. The Lady Bucs extended their lead to 7-1 thanks to Staci D'Apice's (
In the second, Gilbert sent the Lady Raiders down in order, and ETSU's bats exploded for 10 runs on eight hits. The first eight Lady Buccaneer batters reached to begin the bottom of the inning and ETSU jumped ahead, 13-1. ETSU went on to score four more runs in the frame and walked away with the 17-1 win. Freshman Chelsea O'Connor (
Jett, Hackworth, Zyskowski, and Kate Powell (
Game Three Recap - ETSU vs. Mars Hill
The Lady Bucs stormed out of the gates in the nightcap and grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Once again small-ball came into play again as Katy Jett led off with a walk, stole second, and moved to third on Staci D'Apice's single up the middle. From there, junior catcher Trisha Massenzo drove in her fifth run of the tournament, when she grounded out to short, putting the Lady Bucs ahead, 1-0. ETSU took full advantage of another Lion pitching miscue, as D'Apice came around to score on a wild pitch.
Junior Marissa Hardy (
Fortunately, for the Lady Bucs, Hardy settled down and ETSU plated another run in the fifth. Junior Cheniece Cason (
In the seventh inning Mother Nature made its course and rain started pouring down, which gave the battery of Hardy and Massenzo a little trouble handling the wet ball. However, after an alert Hardy noticed Anna James did not touch home plate, she tagged her out and the game was called due to the soggy conditions.
Hardy earned the win after allowing one run on four hits in 6.1 innings. The reliable right-hander struck out four and walked two.
The Lady Bucs return to action on Friday, Oct. 11 when they play in the Hokie Fall Ball Tournament, in
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