ETSU softball gets back in win column, sweeps league-leading Stetson
ETSU softball gets back in win column, sweeps league-leading Stetson
Sunday, April 23, 2006

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 23, 2006) - Sophomore Amanda Haverman (Kirkwood, Mo.) went 3-for-5, with seven runs batted in, and two runs scored in Sunday's doubleheader, as the ETSU softball team swept Atlantic Sun leading Stetson, 4-1, and 7-4, at Metro-Kiwanis Park.  Senior Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) also had a stellar afternoon, going 3-for-5, with four RBI and three runs scored, as the Lady Bucs posted their first A-Sun sweep of the season.


ETSU improves to 14-34 on the season, and 4-8 in the A-Sun, snapping an 11-game losing streak.  Stetson falls to 37-13, 12-4 in league play, after suffering its first conference sweep of the year.


After four and a half innings of scoreless play, Haverman ripped a two-out grand slam over the left-field fence, securing the game one win.  Stetson managed to score a run of its own in the sixth, but couldn't recover from Haverman's clutch blast, her fourth of the season. 


Freshman Mary Catherine Vercoe (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) out-dueled Stetson ace Erica Demers for the win, upping her record to 6-12.  Vercoe threw 7.0 solid innings, allowing one run on seven hits, while striking out one and walking three.  Demers drops to 23-4 on the year, after giving up four runs on four hits, striking out five, and walking four.


The Hatters came out swinging in game two, getting out to quick 1-0 lead, thanks to an RBI single from Andrea Migliori.  The Lady Bucs answered in the bottom of the first, as Sprague sent a two-run homer to center, her fifth round trip of the year.


Stetson would come back to tie the game at two apiece in the second, when Laura Whalen scored on a sacrifice fly from Shawna Wiggs.   ETSU responded in a big way in its half of the inning, plating five runs on three hits, including a three-run shot from Haverman, her second of the afternoon.


Sprague took care of the other two runs, legging out a double to right, which scored teammates Stephanie Gaynord (Manassas, Va.) and Courtney Jenkins (Knoxville, Tenn.).  Haverman is currently on a five-game hit streak, while Sprague has hit safely in four-straight contests.


Stetson attempted a rally in the top of the seventh, plating two runs on four hits, but couldn't put together enough offense to sink the Lady Bucs.


Jenkins got the win in the circle to improve to 5-12.  The senior allowed four hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings of work.  Brittany Lehrschall (Leland, N.C.) came in in relief, giving up six hits and two runs in 2 1/3 innings, while striking out three.


Stetson's Heather Colding took the loss, dropping to 10-7.  Colding gave up eight ETSU hits, and two earned runs.


ETSU hits the road on Tuesday, taking on A-Sun foe Belmont in Nashville, Tenn.  Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for 2 p.m. CST, at Belmont's Aquinas Field.