ETSU received some clutch hitting and rode the strong arm from sophomore Marissa Hardy (Rocklin, Calif.) en route to a pair of one-run victories from the gusty friendly confines. Hardy tossed back-to-back complete games and sophomore Katy Jett's (
The Lady Bucs are now surging after taking two from a Longwood team that just upset 19th ranked Virginia Tech Wednesday night and then No. 17 Georgia last month. With the sweep, ETSU moved to 22-26 and have won six of its last eight, while the Lancers fell to 21-16 on the campaign.
Longwood squandered a three-run lead in the opener after scoring three runs in the third. The Lancers' Nichole Simmons drove in a pair of runs with her two-out single to left. Then, LU scored its third run, when Emily Radford reached on an error after junior Cat Zyskowski (
ETSU clipped into the Lancer lead in the bottom half of the inning when Jett drove in Hardy for her first of five RBIs on the day. Hardy - who reached on a fielder's choice - advanced to second on Cheniece Cason's (
After sending the Lancers down in order in the fourth and fifth, the Lady Buccaneer bats came alive again in the bottom of the fifth. Zyskowski worked a leadoff walk and advanced to second after junior outfielder Kate Powell (
Hardy cruised through the seventh by having Brittany Spencer line out to short and then struck out the remaining two Lancer batters, marking her sixth and seventh strikeouts of the game. ETSU rewarded Hardy for keeping them in the game as Powell singled for her third hit to start the bottom half of the seventh. Hardy moved Powell to second on a sac bunt and the
Jett and Powell combined to go 6-for-7 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the game one win. Hardy improved to 12-10 win her complete game five-hitter and extended her consecutive innings streak without allowing an earned to 27.0 IP as all three runs were unearned. Mills suffered her eighth loss of the season after allowing four runs on seven hits in 6.2 IP.
The nightcap saw both pitchers hold each team scoreless through the first four and a half innings, until ETSU put a three spot on the board in the fifth. Hardy helped her cause after leading off the frame with a single to left. After Powell sacrificed Hardy over to second, senior Briana Knight came through on her day with a triple to left - scoring Hardy for the game's first run. Cason then walked and Jett's bat continued to cause havoc on the Lancer pitchers. Jett doubled home both runners as she found the gap in left-center, giving the Softball Bucs a 3-0 advantage.
In the top of the six, Longwood lowered ETSU's margin to one after plating two runs on two hits. Caitlin Hooe led off the inning with a single to left, but Hardy got Camille Ketsdever to fly out to Powell in left. After
The Lancers made things interesting in the seventh, but some running miscues ended a bid for any spit opportunity. Amy Betterton led off with a double to left, but was nailed out at third when she tried to advance on Brittany Matthews bunt. Sophomore catcher Trisha Massenzo (
Hardy notched her 13th win after tossing her 17th complete game of the year. The reliable right-hander scattered seven hits and struck out five - moving her season total to an already program-best 178. Powell hit .750 on the day and scored two runs; while Jett mounted a .571 average (4-for-7) with a double and five RBIs.
The Softball Bucs return to the field Monday afternoon when they host Stetson in a critical conference doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. from
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