JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 21, 2011) - After picking up a split over Furman in its final non-conference series, the ETSU softball team will now turn its attention to conference play from here on out, as the Bucs play host to Campbell on Friday afternoon. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Betty Basler Field.
The Bucs (15-29, 3-13 A-Sun) hit .354 as a team against Furman, while cruising to a 12-4 six-inning victory over the Paladins in game one. Sophomore Sam Lower (Sebring, Fla.) drove in a career high four runs in the eight-run victory and freshman Jackie Baird (Ooltewah, Tenn.) tied a career mark with her three-hit effort. Lower has filled in nicely since taking over the leadoff spot in the last three games, as the Sebring, Fla. native is hitting .500 (5-10) with a double, home run, five runs scored and six RBI in that slot.
Meanwhile, senior Katie Henderson (Jackson, Tenn.) has hit safely in 11 of the 18 games played at home, while also leading the way with seven multi-hit games inside Betty Basler Field. Henderson, one of ETSU's most consistent hitters this season, ranks eighth in the conference with her .347 batting average. Lower just surpassed Henderson for seventh (.353) after going 3-for-7 against Furman.
Campbell (27-22, 9-7 A-Sun) wraps up conference play this weekend as the Camels visit USC Upstate on Saturday.
The Camels suffered a rough weekend in Jacksonville last time out, as they lost three of four in the River City, but Campbell is still in the running to make the A-Sun Tournament. Senior Amanda Miller leads the team with her .326 batting average, five triples and 34 RBI, while junior catcher Taylor McGee has belted a team-leading 10 home runs and has driven in 25. In the circle, senior Katie Woodcock is the ace of the Camels' pitching staff with her 10-2 record and 1.95 ERA. Woodcock also has seven saves in 32 appearances.
Campbell currently holds a firm grip on the series lead as the Camels have won seven of the ten meetings. The Bucs have dropped the last four to the Camels and ETSU is searching for its first win since defeating Campbell, 8-2, back on April 17, 2008. Friday also marks the final time these two programs will square as A-Sun foes, since Campbell is joining the Big South Conference in 2011-12.
Friday is also "Can the Camels Day" so fans who bring three canned food items will receive a special $1 admission. All the proceeds will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Fans unable to make the trip to Johnson City can watch all the action live on A-Sun.TV (weather permitting), while live stats will be offered via Gametracker.