Henderson, Duncan close Buccaneer careers Friday afternoon in season finale
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 5, 2011) - After having a two-week break from action, the ETSU softball team will close the books on the 2011 season when the Bucs host USC Upstate on Friday afternoon. First pitch of the A-Sun doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. from Betty Basler Field.
Friday not only marks the end of the season for the Bucs, but it's also the last collegiate softball games for seniors Katie Henderson (Jackson, Tenn.) and Jessica Duncan (Ooltewah, Tenn.). Henderson, who has spent the last four years as a scholar-athlete for the Blue and Gold, will graduate on Saturday afternoon, while Duncan transferred to ETSU in the fall of 2009. During their time in Johnson City the standout out seniors have exemplified the true characteristics of being a Buccaneer as they have also excelled in the classroom and dedicated many hours giving back to the community.
Henderson, who is having a career year, currently ranks sixth in the A-Sun with her .351 batting average, is tied for seventh with 12 doubles, and ranks tenth in slugging percentage (.557). Meanwhile, Duncan looks to finish her career on a positive note as she leads the club in wins, complete games, innings pitched, games started and strikeouts.
The Bucs, who haven't played since suffering a pair of setbacks against Campbell back on April 22, enter Friday's season finale with a record of 15-31, 3-15 in A-Sun play.
Like the Bucs, USC Upstate has endured a long lay-off as the Spartans haven't played since facing Campbell on April 23. The Spartans are in the midst of a five-game winning streak and have secured the third seed in next week's Atlantic Sun Championship with their record of 39-11, 11-7.
The Spartans are a well-balanced team as they lead the A-Sun in hitting (.303) and rank second in pitching (1.43 ERA). Upstate is led by junior infielder Janna Lewis' .364 batting average, while senior first baseman Lauren Quevedo has recorded 11 doubles, 12 home runs and 42 RBI. In the circle, senior Morgan Childers has mounted an impressive season as she is 27-7 with a 1.35 ERA. Childers has also tallied 341 strikeouts in 212.0 IP.
Fans unable to make the trip to Johnson City can watch the doubleheader live via A-Sun.TV (weather permitting), while live stats will be offered through Gametracker.
Friday is also Youth Softball Day, so children 12 and under receives free admission with a paid adult ticket.