Softball Completes Successful Inaugural Season

Friday, May 04, 2001

Johnson City, Tenn. -- The East Tennessee State softball team closed out their 2001 season with a 5-0 loss to Appalachian State, Friday in the Southern Conference Softball Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn.

There were some ups and downs in the Bucs inaugural campaign, but the season was largely a success.

ETSU finished the season at 14-35, 9-11 in Southern Conference play. The nine SoCon wins were the most ever by a first-year team in conference history. The Bucs took series from Appalachian State, College of Charleston, Georgia Southern and UNC Wilmington.

The Bucs began the season on a 13-game road trip, travelling to such places as Houston, Tex. and Baton Rouge, La. They picked up the first win in program history on Feb. 17, a 3-2 victory over Stephen F. Austin at the University of Houston Tournament.

Kiwanis Park certainly provided a home-field advantage for the Bucs, as ETSU went 8-8 at home compared to 5-21 on the road. The Bucs were victorious in their first home games, sweeping Lambuth University in a doubleheader, 8-0 and 8-7.

Many Buccaneers finished the season among the leagueās statistical leaders. Shortstop Melanie Collins and third baseman Judith St. Clair tied for second in the conference in doubles with 13. St. Clair also finished ninth in the SoCon in slugging percentage at .441.

On the mound, freshman Tiffany Vandergriff proved to be one of the Southern Conferenceās finest pitchers. She finished the season in the SoCon top-10 in virtually every pitching category. She was first in complete games (23), second in innings pitched (189.0) and games started (27), fourth in appearances (32), fifth in strikeouts (94) and shutouts (3) and seventh in wins (11). She was also one of ETSUās top offensive threats, finishing 10th in the conference in batting average (.317) and on base percentage (.387).

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MTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Apr 26 3 of 9
WTRACK Southern Conference Championships Birmingham, Ala.
Apr 26 3 of 10
WTEN ETSU 1 Greenville, S.C.
Apr 26 Samford (Final) 4
SB ETSU 2 Greensboro, N.C.
Apr 26 UNC-Greensboro 7
BB Western Carolina 7 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 26 ETSU 10
MTEN ETSU 4 Greenville, S.C.
Apr 26 Furman (Final) 0
SB ETSU 6 Boone, N.C.
Apr 29 Appalachian St. 7
BB Appalachian St. 4 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 29 ETSU 10
SB ETSU 14 Boone, N.C.
Apr 29 Appalachian St. 13
BB ETSU 4 Greenville, S.C.
May 1 Furman 8
MTRACK Tennessee Challenge Knoxville, Tenn.
May 2 Results
WTRACK Tennessee Challenge Knoxville, Tenn.
May 2 Results
SB Mercer 1 10
May 2 ETSU 2
SB Mercer 6 8
May 2 ETSU 7
BB ETSU 9 10
May 2 Furman 10
SB Mercer 8 Johnson City, Tenn.
May 3 ETSU 3
BB ETSU 7 Greenville, S.C.
May 3 Furman 3