Blue Hose sweep DH with the help of five homers
CLINTON, S.C. (March 14, 2013) – Three Presbyterian home runs in game one and two in the latter did in the ETSU softball team on Thursday afternoon, as the Blue Hose walked away with the doubleheader sweep by scores of 4-1 and 8-4 from the PC Softball Complex.
Presbyterian’s (12-10) Shelby Petik had two of the blows, blasting a solo shot in game one and a three-run dagger in game two. The two homers were Petik’s only two hits on the day as she finished 2-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs. PC’s three other long balls came from Cat Tarvin, Morgan Durham and Erin Taylor, with Taylor’s driving in three to put the nail in game two.
ETSU (7-12, 0-3 A-Sun) drove one out of the park. Freshman Sam Carpenter (Forest City, N.C.) hit a three-run shot over the centerfield fence in game two the half-inning before Taylor responded. The homer was Carpenter’s third of the season as she finished the day 2-for-6 with the three RBIs.
Sophomore Casey Horner (Whitesburg, Tenn.) went 3-for-6 on the afternoon with a run and two RBIs. Classmate Nicole Fox (Peachtree City, Ga.) was 1-for-2 in the first and 1-for-4 in the second game to extend her hitting streak to 11 games. Wolff, Lower and Tara Hartnett (Snellville, Ga.) were each 3-for-7.
It wasn’t enough to salvage a game. The Buccaneers outhit PC 8-6 in the opener and 9-7 in the back end, but PC’s hits were damaging and put a stop to any momentum. Junior Katie Wolff (LaGrange, Texas) was strong through the first five innings of game one before surrendering three in the sixth and taking the loss (2-6). Game two starter Sam Harrell (Okeechobee, Fla.) was solid until the fourth when the Blue Hose bats lit up for four runs. Harrell took the loss and falls to 4-5.
The Bucs made a run for one of their patented four-run, last-inning comebacks, but Wolff and Sam Lower (Sebring, Fla.) went down swinging with the bases loaded to close the day.
“Today was disappointing,” ETSU head coach Brad Irwin said. “We gave up too many runs and we’re still leaving too many runners on base. We need to do a better job in both areas and we need to get better.”
The losses dip ETSU to five games below .500 and push its losing streak to a season-long six games.
The Bucs are back in action this weekend, welcoming Jacksonville to Betty Basler Field for a three-game series. The Atlantic Sun action is scheduled to get underway Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday's series finale also begins at 1 p.m.
Game 1 Recap – Presbyterian 4, ETSU 1
The Buccaneers jumped out to a quick lead with a run in the first, but Presbyterian tied it in the second and hit three homers in the game to take a, 4-1, win. Petik hit the go-ahead blast with one out in the sixth to begin a three-run inning and starting pitcher Kensley Loudermelk (7-5) went the distance, allowing just one run on eight hits and striking out seven.
Tarvin tied the game in the second, belting an 0-2 pitch the opposite way to left. Wolff stayed strong and went the whole way, striking out five, but the three long balls credited her with the loss. The last homer was a two-run shot with two out in the sixth to put the Blue Hose up by the eventual final.
Wolff and Lower were each 2-for-3 at the dish. Horner was 1-for-3, driving in ETSU’s lone run on a double with two down in the first and Hartnett standing on third.
In a 1-1 game in the third after Tarvin’s homer, Fox led off with a double to extend her hitting streak to 10 games. She was later called out for leaving early trying to advance to third on a fly out from Jackie Baird (Ooltewah, Tenn.).
Wolff gave the Bucs a chance to take the lead in the sixth, beginning the inning with a double. Senior Mikayla Treadway (Unicoi, Tenn.) pinch ran for Wolff, advancing to third on a Baird fly out to left. Horner and sophomore Alex Everett (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) each had chances to bring in the go-ahead run, but neither did.
The Blue Hose took advantage in the bottom half. Petik homered with one down and nobody on to grab PC the lead. With two outs, a hit batter put a runner on first and Durham made the Buccaneers pay with a shot to center.
Game 2 Recap – Presbyterian 8, ETSU 4
The first three innings of the late-afternoon game were a pitchers’ duel as neither Tarvin nor Harrell allowed a hit. The Blue Hose made contact in the fourth for four runs, but ETSU made a game of it on Carpenter’s three-run shot in the fifth, A second four-run inning made the task too tough though and a seventh-inning rally was extinguished as PC swept the day.
Harrell lasted 4.1 innings and was charged with six runs on six hits, walking six and striking out two. Whitney Leon (Dandridge, Tenn.) finished up the game, going the last 1.2 innings and allowing two earned runs on a home run. She struck out the side in the sixth for her three strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Tarvin went 6.0-plus for the Blue Hose to earn the win (2-0). Tarvin was charged with ETSU’s four runs and was relieved by Sydney Seigler with two on and nobody out in the seventh.
Horner was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run and an RBI. Carpenter had ETSU’s big hit, launching her first home run well over the centerfield fence. The blast was Carpenter’s first since hitting two on Feb. 8 at the Plainsmen Invite against Kent State. Fox reached base on an infield single during her last at-bat in the seventh to push the hitting streak to 11 games.
Harrell and Tarvin were in control through the early going. Each had a no-hitter into the fourth, but both were broken up in the inning. Tarvin allowed just a single though while Harrell allowed four runs, beginning with Petik’s three-run shot.
Carpenter got ETSU right back in the game in its next turn at-bat. Horner led off with a single and Baird caught a break by reaching on a dropped pop up off the glove of the second baseman Durham. Two batters later, Carpenter hit a moon shot which PC centerfielder Tera Powell took two steps toward before just watching it sail well over the fence to bring the game to 4-3.
It was taken away in the bottom half. A walk, sac bunt and a single brought in the first run and ended Harrell’s day. Leon came in and got the very first batter she faced to ground out, but after two wild pitches Taylor jacked PC’s second three-run shot of the game to put the Blue Hose back up by five.
ETSU got one back in the sixth. Wolff and Lower each led off with singles and a fielding error on Lower’s wound up playing to ETSU's disadvantage. The misplayed ball in left rolled all the way to the wall and Hensley tried to go first-to-home on the play. She was gunned down by a few steps, leaving just Lower on second. A batter later, Horner stepped up and drove a hard liner off the wall in right-center to score Lower.
Leon struck out the side in the sixth and ETSU looked to be primed for a seventh-inning rally. Carpenter and Everett both reached to lead off the inning, forcing PC to the pen for Seigler. After a Hartnett foul out, Fox reached on a swinging bunt to load the bases and save her hitting streak.
Up came the tying run in Wolff with just one down, but Seigler got both she and Lower down swinging.
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