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UNCG edges ETSU 2-1 in softball series final
Saturday, April 10, 2004GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 10, 2004) - Freshman Kara Clouser's two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning propelled the UNCG Greensboro softball team to a 2-1 victory and three-game series sweep over ETSU Saturday at Campus Field. Both teams struggled to mount any offense in the early stages of the contest, as UNCG's Vanessa Oakes and ETSU's Belinda Berrera (Fayetteville, N.C.) locked into a pitcher's dual. The Lady Bucs were the first team to break through offensively, as Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) connected on a solo home run to right field in the second inning. ETSU (21-23, 3-6 SoCon) held the 1-0 advantage until the sixth inning. In the sixth, the Spartans posted two runs on three hits to take their first lead of the day. Adriane Audley opened the inning with a single to right center. Audley then advanced to second on a passed ball before moving to third on a ground out by Danielle Byrne. With the tying run on third, Vanessa Massie singled over the pitcher's head, but Audley was unable to score from third. Clouser then doubled home both Audley and Massie with a clutch one out base hit which found the left field gap. The one-run lead would prove to be enough for Oakes as she retired the Lady Bucs in order in the top of the seventh to seal the win. Oakes tossed a complete game six-hitter for her team leading 10th victory on the season, allowing just one earned run, while striking out two. Offensively, Vanessa Massie went 2-for-3 at the plate the pace the Spartan attack, while Clouser was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in. At the top of the order, Jennifer Hubbard and Joni Gomez served as the team's catalyst, combing to go 2-for-2 with three walks. Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) went 3-for-3 to lead ETSU offensively, while Barrera was saddled with the loss despite giving up just two earned runs in 6.0 innings of work, striking out seven. ETSU will return to action on April 15 at home versus Tennessee Tech. UNCG will return to action on Wednesday, April 14, with a doubleheader against ACC foe North Carolina.
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