BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 12, 2006) - Senior Jessica Lonsinger (Dale City, Va.) cracked a two-run single in the sixth inning, lifting the Lady Bucs to a 5-3 victory over Campbell in the Atlantic Sun Softball Tournament, Friday at FAU Softball Stadium. ETSU, one of just three teams still in the running for the conference crown, will now face top-seeded Stetson at 7 p.m. this evening.
Campbell got on the board first, thanks to a two-run homer from Jessica Huffman in the top of the first. Holly Harris, who had reached on an ETSU fielding error, also scored on the blast.
Junior Stephanie Gaynord (Manassas, Va.) answered in the bottom of the first, leading off with her 10th long ball of the season, to cut the Camel lead to 2-1. The junior has now hit safely in 10-consecutive games.
Freshman Jessie Hackworth (Clinton, Tenn.) punched a single to start the ETSU second, and would score on a two-out RBI double from Stephanie Cope (Maryville, Tenn.) to knot the score at two-apiece.
Senior Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) gave the Lady Bucs their first lead of the game in the third, belting another solo homerun, her sixth of the season.
After the Huffman homerun in the first, ETSU hurler Mary Catherine Vercoe (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) held the Camel bats at bay, keeping the Campbell offense hitless until Harris ripped a lead-off triple in the sixth. Harris would tie the score at 3-3, coming home on a sacrifice bunt by Erica Willis.
ETSU bounced back in its half of the sixth, beginning with back-to-back singles from Amanda Haverman (Kirkwood, Mo.) and Vercoe. Lonsinger then singled home pinch runners Tori Gast (Germantown, Tenn.) and Cat Zyskowski (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to take the 5-3 lead.
Vercoe got the win, improving to 10-13 following her 13th complete game of the season. The freshman allowed three hits and two earned runs on the start, while striking out three and walking four. Kelly Weaver took the loss for Campbell, finishing the season at 14-10.