WOODSTOCK, Ga. (March. 2, 2007) - The ETSU softball team kicked off the Buzz Classic on a high note Saturday morning by winning a classic pitchers duel, 1-0, against Morehead State; however, the Bucs could not pull of the sweep as they ran into troubles with Georgia State, falling 11-1 in the nightcap.
In the first game, ETSU got back into the win column as they shutout
Vercoe cruised through the first two innings, but then had to battle through a wild third. After the leadoff hitter grounded out to second, the sophomore hurler put the next two runners on by allowing back-to-back singles. With runners on first and third and one out, Morehead State's Bri Jones laid down an unsuccessful squeeze play as Ashley Archer was tagged out by Trisha Massenzo (Russellville, Tenn.) at the plate. The Eagles next hitter singled, but another base running blunder by Morehead State ended the inning as Courtney Seiler was tagged out at home in a rundown.
The Bucs made
Vercoe helped the team out with not only her arm but her bat as well, as she picked up her third multi-hit game of the season, going two-for-two. Despite being out hit eight to three, the ETSU defense and pitching stepped up when they needed it to secure the victory.
Everything started off well for ETSU in game two, when Jessie Hackworth singled to right, scoring Vercoe who reached two plays earlier on a fielder's choice in the first. The run put the Bucs up 1-0 over
With the Bucs holding the one-run lead through three, Georgia State finally found its offense as they totaled 11 runs on 12 hits over the final four innings to pick up the 11-1 victory. The Panthers tied the game in fourth, and then a two-run home run by Nichole Griffin in the fifth proved to be the game-winner for
After earning her first collegiate save earlier in the day against
The Bucs conclude the Buzz Classic on Saturday when they take on Florida A&M at noon, and then face Big Ten foe Wisconsin at 2 p.m. ETSU will look to move to 2-0 this season against Florida A&M as the defeated the Lady Rattlers, 7-4, back on Feb. 19 in the Wilson Invitational.