Johnson City, Tenn. (April 1, 2003) - Tuesday's softball doubleheader between East Tennessee State and Elon belonged to the pitchers, as ETSU (15-14) snuck past the visiting Phoenix 2-1 in extra innings in game one, while Elon's Jennifer Lamb hurled her way to a 1-0 shutout in the nightcap at Kiwanis-Metro Park in Johnson City.
In the first contest, Lori Notaro scored on an ETSU error to break a scorless tie in the top of the eighth inning. However, in the bottom half of the frame the Buccaneers came back when pitcher Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) singled in Sheryl Clark (Bradenton, Fla.) to tie the ballgame at 1-1.
McVay, who allowed just five hits in a complete-game effort, pitched a flawless top of the ninth to leave the score tied. In the bottom of the ninth, sophomore Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.) layed down a sacrifice bunt, which allowed Danielle Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.) to advance to third base. With one out, Miranda Byerly (Candler, N.C.) drove a fastball into the right-centerfield gap for the game-winning RBI.
Elon's Whitney Meeks was credited with the loss after allowing two runs and five hits in just over eight innings pitched. Meeks fanned four ETSU batters while walking none.
In game two, Lamb led Elon (12-13) by allowing just two hits in a complete-game shutout over the Bucs. She walked three batters, but struck out 10, as the junior improved her record to 4-4 this season. The Phoenix gave Lamb all the run-support she needed when they scored the go-ahead run in the top of the third. Notaro singled to leftfield with one out in the inning and Jenny Gustin followed with a double. Notaro, the lead runner on the play, ended up scoring on an errant throw to the relay and Gustin advanced to third. ETSU pitcher Jennifer Fraser (Chattanooga, Tenn.) got out of the inning without any more harm done, but Fraser wouldn't get any support from the Buccaneer bats.
Freshman Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) and sophomore Mary Beth Hazelwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) were the only two ETSU players to collect hits off of Lamb. Sprague finished the day 1-for-3 at the plate and Hazelwood finished 1-for-1 with a walk. Offensively, Elon scattered five hits off of Fraser, who falls to 5-7 this season.
East Tennessee State will be in action again this weekend when Southern Conference and intrastate rival Chattanooga comes to Johnson City for a three-game series. The series begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 5. The first pitch will be thrown out at approximately 1 p.m.