JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 23, 2008) - The ETSU softball team received strong outings from Ashley Boyd (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Darci Gilbert (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) in the circle, and the Lady Bucs as a team provided some explosive offense en route to its sixth sweep of the season Wednesday afternoon from Metro-Kiwanis Park. The Softball Bucs defeated
With the sweep, ETSU closed out the home slate winning six of its last eight games and move to 26-29 on the year. The Catamounts - who entered the day on a positive note - dropped to 15-33 overall.
After Boyd received some defensive help in the top of first, the Lady Bucs attacked in the bottom of the inning to grab a 1-0 lead in game one. Boyd put the first two Catamount batters aboard, but she induced Amber Hawkins to line into a double play at short and retired the inning when Beth Hauser flied out to center. The birthday girl Katy Jett (
ETSU added to its lead in the second when Jessie Hackworth (
The scoring spree continued in the third as Jett scored for the second time of the game, and put ETSU ahead, 3-0. Like the first inning, Jett led off with a single to left and instantly stole second - which gave a Lady Buccaneer a chance to bring her home. That is exactly what Trisha Massezno (Russellville,
Boyd cruised through the second and third innings, but faced a little road block in the fourth. The right-hander retired the first two Catamount hitters, but after surrendering back-to-back singles; Boyd settled in and froze Lauren Ross for the final out of the inning.
The Lady Buccaneers tacked on a couple runs in the sixth to grab a 5-0 advantage. Katie Henderson (Jackson,
The Catamounts broke up Boyd's shutout bid in the seventh on Lauren Ross' solo home run to left-center. However, the
Boyd tossed her eighth complete game of the year after allowing one run on eight hits; while striking out six and did not issue a walk. Ross saw her mark fall to 7-16 after lasting only three innings and surrendered three runs (two earned) on seven hits.
ETSU capped off the sweep by pounding out 11 hits in game two as every Lady Buccaneer player reached base.
The Softball Bucs scored three more times in the third thanks to five hits in the frame. All five of those hits came in consecutive form of singles as Vicki McCoy, Briana Knight (Brier,
Gilbert did an excellent job holding the visitors scoreless from the third through the sixth innings, and Massenzo's solo shot in the fifth gave the Murfreesboro native a four-run cushion, 5-1. Massenzo's blast over the right-center fence was her team-leading sixth bomb of the season.
The Catamounts rallied for two runs on five hits in the top of the seventh, but Gilbert struck out McDonagh with the bases loaded to end the game, marking her first win since March 20.
With the win, Gilbert moved her record to 4-8 on the year; while Tating suffered her eighth loss of the season. Gilbert allowed three runs (two earned) on 11 hits, but struck out a season-high six and only walked one.
As a team, the Lady Bucs hit .382 (21-for-55) on the day and 20 of those 21 hits were singles. Jessie Hackworth, Kate Powell, and Trisha Massenzo combined to go 10-for-17 (.588) with five runs scored and five RBI. Hackworth finished 4-for-6 with three runs scored, Powell was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Massenzo was 3-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored. In total, every Lady Buccaneer player tallied a hit on the day.
ETSU closes out its regular season schedule with two critical conference doubleheaders this weekend. The Lady Bucs begin play with Mercer Friday night at 5 p.m. from Sikes Field in
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