ETSU Knocks Off Georgia Southern, 5-4
<b>Lindsay Lane</b> belted a three-run homerun in the Lady Bucs victory in the first round of the SoCon Conference Tournament Thursday versus number three seed Georgia Southern.
Lindsay Lane belted a three-run homerun in the Lady Bucs victory in the first round of the SoCon Conference Tournament Thursday versus number three seed Georgia Southern.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

CHATTANOOGA, TN -- Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.) went two-for-three with a home run and three RBI while pitcher Belinda Barerra (Fayetteville, N.C.) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to lead sixth-seeded East Tennessee State to a 5-4 extra-innings upset of third-seeded Georgia Southern in the first round of the 2004 SoCon Softball Championships. ETSU wasted no time getting on the board in the top of the first inning as leadoff hitter Janine Sprague Hillsborough, N.C.) drew a walk and moved to second on a Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) single. With one out, Lane, the cleanup hitter, belted a three-run home run down the left field line to give the Bucs an early 3-0 lead. The Bucs added another run in the second inning when Sprague's double to center field scored Sheryl Clark. Georgia Southern responded with a big inning of its own in the third, plating three runs to cut ETSU's margin to one. The Eagles's Logan Free scored on an Aurora Johnson sacrifice fly to left field, while Shanita Black and Carolynn Chin both crossed the plate on a two-out bases loaded single by SoCon Freshman of the Year Maria Laurato. GSU evened the score in the bottom of the fifth. With runners on first and second base, Eagle shortstop Kim Griffin knocked a one-out single to center field, scoring Chinn. The game remained tied until the top of the eighth inning when ETSU scored the go-ahead run with a Mary Beth Hazelwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) single followed by Sprague's triple to the fence in left center field. The Eagles threatened in the bottom of the eighth, placing runners on second and third base with two outs, but ETSU pitcher Barrera forced GSU first baseman Heather Smith to pop out to the catcher to end the game. For Barrera, it was her 10th victory of the season. Sprague, Hazelwood, and McVay knocked two hits apiece to pace the Bucs. Georgia Southern was lead by leadoff hitter Shanita Black who went three-of-four with a run scored. ETSU (29-32, 8-13) will advance to face the number two seed College of Charleston Cougars Friday evening at 6:00 pm. Georgia Southern (29-28, 11-10) will take on Furman University Friday at 12:30 p.m. Coaches Quotes "It was exciting to win our first game, especially versus the number three seed. Both teams came out fired up. It was relieving to win a close game, and hopefully we can use this momentum to carry us on." - ETSU head Amy Fuller "We had the opportunity to step up but didn't make the most of it. We had opportunities early in the game and late in the game but didn't get it done in the end. Errors cost us, we didn't get the hits when we needed them, and they outhit us." - Georgia Southern head coach Natalie Poole
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