The victory moved ETSU's record to 30-32, which marks the first time the Lady Buccaneer softball program has reached the 30-win plateau. ETSU won 29 games back in 2004 and head coach Andrea Mangrum's club became the first team in the eight-year existence of the program to reach 30 wins in a single season with the one-run victory. The Lady Bucs ended the Runnin' Bulldogs' season as they lost for the second time in the tournament and wrapped the year up with a record of 22-35.
The single-season wins mark was not the only record to fall Friday afternoon at the 2007 College Field of the Year complex. Sophomore catcher Trisha Massenzo (
For the game, the Lady Bucs were able to work out minor jams in the first two innings, but Gardner-Webb pushed two runs across the plate in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Hardy looked to have things under control when she made a quick grab at a Melody Harrell grounder back to the circle and forced Lindsay Cox out at third in a rundown. However, with two outs and runners on first and second, Christa Fullwood drove one down the line in right and plated a pair of Runnin' Bulldog runners.
ETSU made sure they did not trail for long as they scored four runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning and grabbed a 4-2 advantage. The Softball Bucs led things off with three consecutive singles from Briana Knight (Brier,
The Runnin' Bulldogs made it a one-run game in the top of the fifth when Jessi Williams smacked a solo home run over the fence in left-center, making the score 4-3. Hardy did a fabulous job keeping the Lady Bucs up a run as she fanned Haley Scism to end the inning with runners on the corners.
Hardy and ETSU's defense did a stellar job shutting the door on the Runnin' Bulldogs as GWU went down in order 1-2-3 in the final two innings.
Hardy moved her record to 19-14 after completing her 22nd contest of the campaign. The Rocklin,
Cason, Jett, and Hackworth combined for seven of ETSU's eight hits, and Hackworth also extended her hitting streak to a season-high nine straight games. Hackworth finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored - which also proved to be the game-winner, Jett was 3-for-4 with a double and Cason went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Lady Bucs now advance to the conference semifinal game with
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