Spartans sweep Lady Bucs in Spartanburg
Sunday, April 25, 2010

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (April 25, 2010) - After being held to only one-hit in a 3-0 loss in game one, the Lady Bucs had revenge on their minds in the nightcap against USC Upstate Sunday afternoon. However, with ETSU leading 2-0 through five innings, the Spartans scored four runs in the sixth and USC Upstate capped off the sweep with a 4-2 victory from Cyrill Stadium.


The Lady Bucs, who were looking to play spoilers by ruining the Spartans' chance of making the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament next month, dropped to 18-34, 5-15. Meanwhile, Upstate improved to 35-12, 10-8.   



Morgan Childers outlasted junior Jessica Duncan (Ooltewah, Tenn.) in a classic pitcher's duel as the Spartan hurler tossed her 14th shutout of the season (eighth career one-hitter) and USC Upstate took game one, 3-0.


Childers improved to 29-5 after tossing the one-hit blanking while striking out nine. Duncan suffered the loss (8-8) despite allowing three runs on six hits in 5.2 innings.


Both teams were held scoreless for the first five and a half innings, but pinch hitter Jenna Torbert led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot, and that would be all the offense Childers would need to earn the win. The Spartans tacked on two more runs to extend their lead to, 3-0.


ETSU put two runners on in the second when Childers lost command by plunking Katie Henderson (Jackson, Tenn.) and Sam Lower (Sebring, Fla.) with one out in the inning. However, Childers retired the next two Lady Buccaneer hitters she faced to stop any scoring chance.


Duncan was also dealing in the circle for the Blue and Gold as she faced one over the minimum through the first three innings, and the Lady Bucs again put a runner in scoring position in the top of the fourth. With one out, senior Trisha Massenzo (Russellville, Tenn.) broke up the no-hit bid with a single to left, and advanced to second on Henderson's sac-bunt. Unfortunately, with Massenzo standing on second, Childers got Lower to hit into an inning-ending ground out.


The Lady Bucs put their fourth runner on when Schneider worked a two-out walk in the sixth, but after only having one Spartan runner reach second through the first five innings, Duncan hit a wall in the sixth. Torbert became the first Upstate runner to get past second when she homered to lead off the inning - and the Spartans went up 3-0 - chasing Duncan from the circle.


The three runs held up and Upstate posted its 18th shutout of the season. 



Despite holding a two-run lead through the first five innings, ETSU didn't have enough left in the tank, as USC Upstate used a four-run sixth to rally past the Lady Bucs, 4-2, in the nightcap at Cyrill Stadium.


ETSU out-hit the Spartans 7-6, but the Lady Bucs left seven runners stranded in the game.


Katie Henderson and Lucy Schneider both drove in the runs for ETSU, while Schneider also went 2-for-3 with a run scored.


Both teams were held scoreless for the first three innings, but with one out and Schneider on second, Henderson drove in her teammate with an RBI single through the left side. However, after Henderson advanced to second on the throw and Amy Campbell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) worked a two-out walk, Childers struck out Mikayla Treadway (Unicoi, Tenn.) to end the inning.


The Lady Bucs would tack on another run in the next inning thanks to Schneider's two-out RBI single down the line in left - putting ETSU ahead 2-0 - but the Spartans would have the final say so in the contest.


After senior right-hander Darci Gilbert (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) held USC Upstate scoreless on two hits in the first five innings, the Spartans attacked the Murfreesboro, Tenn. native for four on four hits in the sixth to grab the 4-2 lead. Upstate plated its first run of the game on an RBI single off the bat from Katie Zauner - and the Spartans evened the game at two - when Crislyn Chewing scored on a wild pitch. The Spartans took the lead on Monica Hall's one-out RBI grounder to short, and Lauren Quevedo capped off the scoring with a two-out solo home run to left-center - giving Upstate the two-run cushion.


Amber Hamilton, who relieved Childers in the fifth, retired three of the final four ETSU hitters she faced to pick up the win. Hamilton moved to 5-5 after issuing one run on four hits, while Gilbert was dealt the loss (4-9). Gilbert surrendered four runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work.  


ETSU returns to action when the Lady Bucs host Western Carolina in non-conference action Wednesday evening. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 5 p.m. at the ETSU Softball Complex.


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