JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 15, 2004) - Behind a complete game, one-run effort by senior pitcher Tiffany McVay (Sale Creek, Tenn.), the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (22-24, 3-6 SoCon) split their afternoon doubleheader with the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (29-20, 8-5 Ohio Valley) Thursday with a 4-3 setback in game one and a 2-1 victory in game two in non-conference action at Metro-Kiwanis Park.
The Golden Eagles struck first in game one as Marianne Novac scored off the sacrifice fly by Kacy Bennett, while Samantha Lovelady strengthened the lead with a single to right field giving Tech the early 2-0 advantage. The pitching of ETSU right-hander Belinda Berrera (Fayetteville, N.C.) held the Golden Eagles scoreless through the next six innings giving the Buccaneer bats the opportunity to even the score. McVay stepped to the plate managing a walk that would eventually place her in scoring position as she scored the first ETSU run off a single from Daniel Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.) in the bottom of the third inning. Buccaneer senior Julia Chance (Knoxville, Tenn.) walked to become the first base runner for ETSU in the bottom of the fourth. After stealing second base, Chance scored on a single by Mary Beth Hazelwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) to even the game at 2-2.
In extra innings the offense of the Golden Eagles proved too strong as they posted two runs in the top of the eighth inning to take the 4-2 lead. ETSU placed Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) on second in the bottom of the eighth where she added a Buccaneer run on a Spetar single to right field. However, the effort fell short as Tennessee Tech took game one 4-3.
McVay took the mound for ETSU in game two allowing just four hits and one run in the six-inning effort. The Buccaneer bats struck early as Sprague scored off a Spetar single in the first, and Stephanie Gaynord (Manassas, Va.) scored during the second inning to give ETSU the 2-0 advantage. The game remained scoreless until the top of the seventh inning when Tennessee Tech senior, Dana Yates, scored off a single by Katie Sutherland to spark the bats of the Golden Eagles. Pinch hitter Tia Brenning stepped to the plate with the chance to even the score, however McVay forced a lineout to the shortstop and ETSU took the second decision 2-1.
ETSU will next see action when they travel for a three-game conference series against Chattanooga for an April 17th doubleheader and single game on April 18th. Tennessee Tech will host Tennessee State in Ohio Valley Conference action April 17th.