JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 5, 2009) - The ETSU softball team opened fall play with a bang on Saturday afternoon, as the Lady Bucs belted four home runs en route to a sweep over Mars Hill and King College inside the ETSU Softball Complex. The Lady Bucs defeated Mars Hill 5-4 in the opener, while cruising to an 11-3 victory over King in the nightcap.
The Lady Bucs pounded out 19 hits and plated 16 runs in the two games, while ETSU's pitchers posted 11 strikeouts.
ETSU vs. Mars Hill Recap
Despite falling down 2-0 in the first inning to Mars Hill, ETSU responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a key leadoff triple from senior shortstop Cheniece Cason (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and a two-run bomb by fellow senior outfielder Katy Jett (Talbott, Tenn.).
After keeping the contest tied at 2-all through the next three innings, Cason and Jett came through with clutch hits in the bottom of the fifth. Once again, Cason led things off with a hit single and advanced to second on a stolen base. Following sophomore Annie Martin's (
The Lady Bucs tacked on two critical runs the very next inning when freshman Lucy Schneider (Dade City, Fla.) reached on an error by the Mars Hill third baseman, and scored on Arielle Garner's (Buchanan, Ga.) one-out double. Garner later trotted home to put ETSU ahead, 5-2.
Mars Hill posted one last fight, but with the Lady Bucs leading 5-4, sophomore right-hander Shelby Morris (
Overall, four of ETSU's eight hits went for extra bases, with Garner recording two doubles and Jett blasting the two-run bomb.
ETSU vs. King Recap
The Lady Buccaneer offense didn't let up in the nightcap, as senior Trisha Massenzo (
Just like in the opener, King sprinted out to an early one-run lead with a solo homer in the top of the first; however, Schneider returned the favor in the bottom half of the first when she took King's pitcher yard to even the game at, 1-1.
The see-saw game continued with the Tornado grabbing a 2-1 lead in the top of the second, but the Lady Bucs hit around in their half of the second to jump ahead, 6-2. Massenzo began the explosion with a solo shot - and after sophomore Marlina Delisa (
After King scored its third and final run of the afternoon in the top of the third, ETSU opened the game up by plating one run in the third and three more in the fourth - pushing the Lady Bucs' margin to 10-3. Treadway scored the final run of the game on Schneider's RBI double in the fifth, making it an 11-3 final.
Junior newcomer Jessica Duncan (
The ETSU softball team returns to action on Saturday afternoon when the Lady Bucs host Milligan and
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