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Lady Bucs softball nabs season opener over Furman, 7-6, falls in night cap, 8-2
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Down 4-1 going in the bottom of the second in game one, ETSU began its six-run rally with a single to shortstop by Jessica Lonsinger (Dale City, Va.), who was replaced on the base paths by pinch runner Kate Powell (Johnson City, Tenn.). Freshman Cat Zyskowski (
Sophomore Briana Knight (Brier,
Freshman Jessie Hackworth (
Furman threatened in the top of the sixth, capitalizing on a two-out error by Vercoe which lead to a bases loaded walk by ETSU hurler Brittney Lehrschall (Leland, N.C.). The Paladins picked up a second run on the inning when Abby Robertson hit a single to third, scoring teammate Stephanie Cushing.
The Lady Bucs would hold off the Furman rally, tallying their first win of the season. Lehrschall earned win for ETSU, while teammate Courtney Jenkins (
The Paladins returned the favor in game two, beginning a two-run homerun by Megan Jaudon in the top of the first. Up 3-1 in the penultimate inning, Robertson led off with a single to center, followed by a bunt single by Danielle Franklin. Blake Murray would then reach on a fielder's choice, which led to a bad throw by Vercoe, who was on the mound in game two, allowing Robertson to score the frame's first run.
A Jess Mathis double would net two more runs for the Paladins, who continued to extend their lead, scoring again on the double steal that plated Mathis. Amber Kiser would score the final run of the inning to make the score 8-1.
ETSU collected four hits in the bottom of the sixth, but could only manage one run, falling to 1-1 on the season. The Paladins picked up their first win the battle, improving to 1-3 for the year.
Knight once again paced the Lady Bucs with a pair of hits, while Lehrschall also added two base knocks. Vercoe picked up the loss in six innings of work, while Mathis earned the win for the Paladins. Furman out-hit ETSU 13-8 for the second game, and committed just a single error to ETSU's three.
ETSU hits the early-season tournament trail this weekend, at the Bulldog Classic, hosted by
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