Mt Pleasant, S.C. (May 7, 2005) - The ETSU softball squad traveled to face
The Cougars' Rachael Stern and the Bucs' Courtney Jenkins (
Jenkins (14-14) picked up the win for ETSU, pitching the shutout and giving up just five hits. Rachael Stern (26-9) was the losing pitcher for the Cougars despite a strong outing. Stern gave up just one run on six hits while striking out six. The Bucs were led by
Game two saw ETSU jump on the Cougars early for a 3-0 lead after two innings. In the second, the Bucs took advantage of three Cougar errors and Janine Sprague (
The Bucs added another run in the third as Lane stole home despite a failed squeeze attempt, putting ETSU on top 4-0. The Cougars scored two runs in their half of the fourth on a Jessica Lyness' single that drove home Leshe Russell and Bridget Loudermilk, who had reached on back-to-back singles to open the inning. Trailing 4-2 and going into the bottom of the fifth, CofC took the lead for good with a four run inning.
Jayme Durand singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a fielding error. After a Shondra Schlichenmayer walk, Lyness roped a double to left center to score Durand and make it 4-3. Darcy Johnson reached on a Bucs error that allowed Schlichenmayer to score and Lyness to advance to third. Carly Petracco walked to load the bases and Renee Francis hit into a fielder's choice to score Lyness and give the Cougars their first lead of the game at 5-4.
CofC added one more in the fifth and another in the sixth as Johnson singled to plate Lyness.
Natalie Smith (20-7) picked up the win, throwing a complete game and giving up just one earned run and striking out three. Belinda Barrera (
The Cougars and Bucs will face close out the regular season on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1:00pm.