CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (February 26, 2006) - The ETSU softball team suffered a pair of defeats in the final day of the Panera Bread Classic, dropping a 3-2 decision to Virginia, and an 11-2 drubbing to Bowling Green. ETSU managed only one win in six games at Chattanooga, falling to 2-10 on the season.
After watching Miami (Ohio) steal a win on a seventh-inning homer yesterday, the Lady Bucs yet again saw another win slip away in the seventh when Virginia's Kat Mirras punched a two-out, RBI single to right field, plating teammate Erin Horn for the 3-2 win. The Cavaliers out-hit ETSU 6-3 on the game, and managed to recover from three fielding errors, while ETSU failed to commit a single miscue.
Freshman Mary Catherine Vercoe (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) led the Lady Bucs at the plate once again with a 2-for-3 showing, including a double and an RBI. Vercoe also took the loss on the mound, falling to 0-5 on the season. The rookie hurler gave up six hits and three earned runs in 6.2 innings of work.
Bowling Green jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the top of the first, and tacked on three runs in the fifth, and five in the seventh, to its way handing the Lady Bucs their fifth loss of the weekend. The Falcons won the hitting battle, 13-5, while giving an errorless effort in the field. ETSU committed a pair of miscues.
Senior Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) posted two of the Lady Bucs five hits, including her first round trip of the season. Sprague smacked the two-run homer in the top of the fifth, plating teammate Briana Knight (Brier, Wash.).
Courtney Jenkins (Knoxville, Tenn.) took the loss, dropping to 1-4 on the year. The senior gave up 11 hits and eight runs in 4.2 innings on the hill.
ETSU begins play at Georgia Tech's Buzz Classic on Friday, March 3, in Marietta, Ga. The Lady Bucs start the weekend against Austin Peay, Friday at 11 a.m.