FARMVILLE, Va. (April 5, 2009) - Riding a three-game winning streak into non-conference play against Longwood on Sunday afternoon, the Lady Buccaneer softball team let two games get away from them, as the Lancers pulled off the sweep at Lancer Field. Longwood defeated ETSU 1-0 in the opener, and pulled off an 8-5 come-from-behind victory in the nightcap.
With the sweep, the Lady Bucs saw their record drop to 21-16; while the Lancers moved their record above the .500 mark as they now stand 15-14.
Once again junior right-hander Marissa Hardy (
Hardy was dealing early and often on Sunday, by retiring 18 of the first 19 Lancer batters she faced - including eight via the strikeout.
ETSU had its chances to push runs across the board in the top of the fifth when freshman catcher Amy Campbell (
Once again ETSU threatened in the seventh when Campbell and Hardy recorded back-to-back one-out singles. Then, after Chelsea O'Connor (
With the game heading into extra frames, the contest was decided with the international tie-breaker rule. ETSU had its first chance to push a run across the board when Vicki McCoy (
Longwood then had its chance in the bottom half of the inning, and after ETSU couldn't get the game-winning bunt down, Emily Radford did just that. Radford reached on the fielder's choice RBI bunt, and when Amy Campbell went to tag Brittany Matthews at the plate - she had the ball in her right hand and put the tag down with her glove in the left and Matthews was called safe for the game-winner.
Campbell and Cason recorded four of the five Lady Buccaneer hits in the game, as Cason went 2-for-4 and
Wells (11-12) earned the win after tossing eight scoreless innings and scattered five hits.
Game Two Recap
After ETSU rallied from four runs down to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning, Longwood capitalized on two Lady Buccaneer errors in the bottom half of the inning and the Lancers scored four unearned runs to win nightcap, 8-5.
Longwood plated two runs in the bottom of the second on a Maggie Margadonna sac fly to left and Courtney Long came around to score the first run of the inning when Cheniece Cason had trouble fielding a grounder at short - giving the Lancers an early 2-0 advantage.
Then the longball came into effect in the bottom of the fourth and Longwood pushed its lead to 4-0 when Camille Ketsdever and Long hit back-to-back solo shots.
However, ETSU showed its character and rallied back with five runs in the sixth to take its first lead of the game at, 5-4. Kate Powell led off the inning with a single to right, Amy Campbell reached on an error by the pitcher and Jessie Hackworth (
Unfortunately, the good result couldn't last as the Lancers scored four unearned runs off two Lady Buccaneer errors and rallied to an 8-5 victory. Ketsdever reached on an error by Cason at short to leadoff the inning and instantly stole second. Then, after Ketsdever was moved over to third on Long's sac bunt, ETSU could've been out of the inning on Tricia Nelson grounded to
The Lady Bucs went down in order in the seventh and Wells (12-12) picked up her second win of the day. Hardy (11-7) suffered her second loss of the afternoon by allowing eight runs (two earned) on eight hits.
ETSU returns to action on Friday afternoon when the Lady Bucs play host to Lipscomb in Atlantic Sun Conference action. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. inside the ETSU Softball Complex.
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