JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 3, 2003) -- East Tennessee State's softball team pulled out a pair of one-run victories over Appalachian State (15-33, 4-15 SoCon) Saturday at Metro-Kiwanis Park, as the Buccaneers (23-24, 9-10) improved their current winning streak to five games.
In game one, Sheryl Clark (Bradenton, Fla.) laced a single down the left field line with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.) from second base for the game-winning run.
Clark's RBI single broke a scoreless tie, as both team's starting pitchers went the distance. Although it took extra innings to declare a winner, both the Mountaineers and Lady Bucs had their fair share of chances in the early goings.
A pair of wild pitches by ETSU starting pitcher Jennifer Fraser (Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the top of the first inning allowed Christa Hicks to advance all the way to third base. However, Hicks was left stranded at third and Fraser settled down on the mound in earning a complete-game victory. Fraser allowed five hits and just two walks in nine innings pitched.
Julia Chance (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a two-out liner to centerfield in the bottom of the second inning that got past Appalachian State's Mary Lutz. However the relay throw from the outfield was right target and in time to get Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.) who was trying to score from first base on the play.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Jennifer Welborn roped a double into left field, but, Appalachian State stranded Welborn on second to end the inning.
Fraser got out of another jam in the top of the eighth. Candace Shelton led off the inning with a bunt single and advanced to third base on a bloop single by Lutz to short right field. With one out and runners on second and third, Fraser got the next batter to ground out to the pitcher and retired the side with a fly out to left field.
Game two proceeded in the same fashion as game one until Amber Handy came around to score on Laura Padgett's RBI single in the top of the third to make the score 1-0 in favor of the Mountaineers. Handy finished 2-for-4 at the plate in game two to lead the Apps.
The Bucs retaliated in the bottom half of the frame as Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) legged out a triple to left-centerfield. Lane followed with a sacrifice fly to deep left, as ETSU evened the score at 1-1.
Appalachian State kept the momentum going in the top of the fourth. Dawn Malone reached on a two-base error and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Malone crossed home plate on Handy's single as the Mountaineers regained the advantage, 2-1.
Again ETSU was able to bounce back despite the deficit and busted out with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) ignited the rally with a one-out walk.
McVay then stole second and took third base when the throw went into the outfield. Chance followed with base on balls and Rhea Holler (Peoria, Ariz.) roped a double off of the left field fence to score two.
Holler came around to cross home plate when Amy Moore (Jacksonville, Fla.) sent the first pitch she saw right back up the middle for a base hit.
The Mountaineers got one run back in the top of the sixth. Welborn doubled down the left field line and scored on Wendy Lewis' single to right-center. Appalachian State loaded the bases in the top of the seventh before McVay picked up her third save of the season in relief for ETSU starting pitcher Jolene Holthaus (Sidney, Ohio).
The team teams will will conclude their three-game series Sunday, May 4. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Metro-Kiwanis Park.