NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 27, 2010) - The Jekyll and Hyde syndrome once again hit the Lady Buccaneer softball team on Saturday afternoon.
After pounding out 11 hits and scoring 11 runs in the nine-run, five-inning victory over Belmont in game one, ETSU was held scoreless for the fourth time this season as the Bruins forced a split with a 5-0 victory on their home turf at Aquinas Field in Nashville.
The Lady Bucs, who scored more runs in game one than they have in their last six games combined, dropped to 10-20, 1-3 in A-Sun play. Meanwhile, Belmont won for just the fourth time in 28 games, and also moved to 1-3 in conference action.
Game One Recap
ETSU scored five runs in the first and four more in the fourth, and the Lady Bucs cruised to a comfortable 11-2 victory over Belmont in game one on Saturday.
Junior Jessica Duncan (Ooltewah, Tenn.) earned her first win (6-6) since March 7 at UC-Riverside, after allowing one run on four hits in 3.1 innings of work. At the plate, Lucy Schneider (Dade City, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while fellow freshman Arielle Garner (Buchanan, Ga.) drove in three runs with her second home run of the season.
The Lady Bucs got off to a fast start as Garner provided the big punch when her three-run bomb put ETSU ahead, 5-0 in the top of the first. Senior Cheniece Cason (Moreno Valley, Calif.) - who led off the game with a double - scored the first run of the game, as she came home after Schneider reached on an error by the Bruin catcher. Eventually Schneider touched the dish on Katie Henderson's (Jackson, Tenn.) RBI single to left.
ETSU would tack on a solo run in the third, but the four-run fourth broke the game wide open for the Blue and Gold. In the fourth, the first five Lady Buccaneer hitters reached base, as Cason and Schneider began the frame with consecutive singles; while Katy Jett (Talbott, Tenn.) and Trisha Massenzo (Russellville, Tenn.) each worked back-to-back walks - putting ETSU up 6-0 - after Cason scored on Massenzo's walk. Sophomore Marlina Delisa (Tucson, Ariz.) was the fifth ETSU hitter to reach and she drove in a pair of runs with a single to center. Massenzo scored the final run of the inning when she tagged up on Henderson's foul out to short - making it a 10-0 contest.
Belmont scored a run in the fourth and one more in the fifth, but it was too little too late as the Lady Bucs captured the nine-run victory.
The Bruins' Julie Harmon suffered the loss after only lasting 2.1 innings and surrendering six runs (five earned) on five hits.
Game Two Recap
After having the bats heated and charged in game one, ETSU couldn't muster any offensive in the nightcap, as Belmont's Devon Schmidt tossed a three-hit shutout and Belmont forced a split with a 5-0 win.
The Bruins did all their damage in the first when Ashley Smith belted a one-out grand slam off Marissa Hardy (Rocklin, Calif.) to put Belmont up, 4-0. Hardy was chased from the circle after the play and senior Darci Gilbert (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) entered in relief.
Gilbert did a solid job keeping the Bruins off the board over the next four-plus innings; however, the Lady Buccaneer bats were silenced.
Lucy Schneider reached base for ETSU with a one-out single to right in the first, but Schmidt retired the next nine hitters she faced until Jett singled in the fourth. The Lady Bucs looked to have some momentum after Jett's hit as ETSU loaded the bases; however, Schmidt forced Arielle Garner to hit into an inning-ending double play - stealing any comeback possibility for ETSU.
Belmont scored its fifth and final run in the sixth and Schmidt sent down nine of the final 10 Lady Buccaneer hitters to record the win.
Hardy was tagged with the loss (1-8) after allowing the four runs on three hits in one-third of an inning. Gilbert tossed the final 5.2 innings of work, giving up only one run and four hits.
The Lady Bucs wrap up their six-game road swing on Wednesday afternoon when ETSU travels to Boone, N.C. and face Appalachian State. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.
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