JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Mar. 10, 2004) - East Tennessee State sophomores Belinda Barrera (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Courtney Jenkins (Knoxville, Tenn.) pitched complete-game shutouts Wednesday, as the Buccaneers swept Monmouth in a doubleheader from Kiwanis Park. ETSU remains a perfect 4-0 at home this season and jumps to 10-11 overall. Meanwhile, the Hawks drop to 1-4.
Barrera shined in game one, allowing just one hit in seven innings of work. She retired the first seven batters she faced prior to giving up her lone walk of the afternoon to Monmouth's Danielle Ellement. Barrera had a no-hitter going until Kristin Wilson beat out a dribbler to ETSU third baseman Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.) with two outs in the top of the sixth. With the win, Barrera improves to 3-2 in the circle and lowered her season ERA to 1.37.
East Tennessee State took an early 4-0 lead after scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning and another two in the second. Lane, who went 3-for-3 at the plate including two runs and an RBI, blasted a solo homerun in the bottom of the fifth, which proved be more than enough insurance for the Buccaneers. Sophomores Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) and Jessica Lonsinger (Dale City, Va.) and junior Mary Beth Hazelwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) also collected multiple hits for ETSU.
Again the Buccaneers got the offense going early in game two, scoring all three of their runs in the bottom half of the first. Sprague and freshman Stephanie Gaynord (Manassas, Va.) led off with back-to-back singles followed by a two-run double by junior Danielle Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.). Spetar advanced to third on a wild pitch and later scored on an RBI single by Lane.
Jenkins (1-5) took care of the rest by hurling a five-hit shutout in collecting her first victory of the season. She struck out six.
Wilson led the Hawks with a 2-for-4 performance. Ashley Dellens, Breanna Steins, and Tiffany Kenney also scattered basehits. Starting pitcher Angela Rand gave up six hits in six complete innings. She walked two and all three of her runs were eanred.
East Tennessee State gets back into tournament action this weekend. The Buccaneers travel to Rock Hill, S.C. for the 2004 Ringor Invitational hosted by Winthrop. ETSU will open play against Central Florida this Friday, Mar. 12. The tournament will conclude on Sunday, Mar. 14.