ETSU (1-1) responded nicely after dropping a classic pitchers duel in its season-opener, as the junior trio of Trisha Massenzo (
Massenzo went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and one run scored against the Bisons, while Jett was 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. After surrendering three first inning runs, Gilbert settled in and kept Howard scoreless for the next three innings before she was relieved by a pair of Lady Buccaneer right-handers.
Howard scored its first two runs of the game on Emily Johnson's one out double to left-center, which scored Courtney Young and Sondra Jones. Johnson came around to score when Jennifer Bien-Amie singled to right, giving the Bison an early 3-0 cushion.
In the end, those three runs wouldn't hold up for a Bison victory.
The Lady Bucs, who were held scoreless for the first nine innings of season, finally broke through by plating two runs in the third, four in the fourth, and two more in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Cheniece Cason (
ETSU finally grabbed the lead in the fourth, thanks to Massenzo's double down the left field line, which plated freshmen Chelsea O'Connor (
Massenzo came through again in the fifth, as her single to second brought in O'Connor and Campbell, putting the Lady Bucs up, 8-3.
An inning later, ETSU pushed two more runs across the board. Hackworth worked a one-out walk, stole second and advanced to third on Katie Henderson's (
Once again Cason and Jett packed the 1-2 punch for the Lady Bucs in the seventh. The junior tandem led off the frame with back-to-back doubles and ETSU went ahead, 11-3, as Cason scored on the Jett rocket to short. Then, freshman Marlina Delisa (
After being limited to three hits in the season-opener versus James Madison, the Lady Bucs tagged Howard's pitching staff for 13 hits, as eight ETSU players recorded at least one base nock. Joining Massenzo and Jett with multi-hit games were Cason (2-for-4) and Campbell (2-for-3); while Hackworth also drove in two RBIs.
Gilbert tossed four innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out three and issuing no walks. Freshman right-hander Shelby Morris (
Howard's Jessica Hurston suffered the loss after being torched for 10 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits in six innings of work.
ETSU vs. James Madison (Game One Recap)
The opening game was a classic pitchers duel as both ETSU and James Madison were held scoreless for the first five innings, until the Dukes cracked the board with the game-winning run in the top of the sixth.
Both teams had an opportunity to plate a run early on in the game, with ETSU leaving Kate Powell (
Meanwhile, James Madison couldn't take advantage of putting runners in scoring position in the third and fourth innings. Junior Marissa Hardy (
James Madison (2-3) finally broke through in the top of the sixth, as the Dukes used some small-ball to plate the games only run. Ashley Burnham led off the frame with a single to left, stole second and advanced to third on Amber Kirk's sacrifice bunt. After Dominguez walked, the senior designated player was picked off by Hardy, but Burnham was able to score - giving JMU the 1-0 lead.
The Lady Bucs tried to mount a comeback in the bottom half of the inning.
After Felts forced the first two ETSU hitters into outs, junior Katy Jett (
In the seventh, Felts (1-1) struck out two of the three Lady Buc hitters she faced to earn her first victory of the season.
Hardy (0-1), who is coming off a program-best 19-win season in 2008, went the distance and allowed four hits, while fanning two. Felts was nearly flawless, as tossed a three-hit shutout.
The Lady Bucs return to action bright and early tomorrow morning when ETSU takes on College of Charleston at 10 a.m. Following its game with the host Cougars, ETSU takes on
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