RIVERSIDE, Calif. (March 5, 2010) - The ETSU softball team knew they were going to face some strong teams while making its nine-day west coast trip, and for the Lady Bucs, things got off to a bumpy start as the Blue and Gold dropped a pair on the opening day of the aTEN Construction Tournament in Riverside, Calif. on Friday.
The Lady Bucs fell 13-1 to 14th ranked Ohio State in the opener; while dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker to host UC-Riverside in the nightcap.
With the two losses, ETSU saw its record dip to .500 at 7-7.
ETSU at UC-Riverside Recap
After jumping out to a two-run lead through the first two innings, ETSU looked to have things rolling; however, UC-Riverside plated two runs in the sixth and the game-winner in the seven as the Highlanders rallied past the Lady Bucs, 3-2, inside Amy S. Harrison Softball Complex.
ETSU scored one run in the first on a RBI double by Amy Campbell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and grabbed a 2-0 cushion on Katy Jett's (Talbott, Tenn.) leadoff home run in the second.
Then, with senior Marissa Hardy (Rocklin, Calif.) dealing in the circle, a bounce back win looked to be in store for the Lady Bucs.
However, after keeping the Highlanders scoreless for the first five innings, Riverside evened the game at two on Marissa Alvidrez's two-run home run with one out in the sixth.
ETSU had the go-ahead run on third with one out in the seventh, but couldn't manufacture the run home - leading to the heroics by the Highlanders in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs and runners on first and third, Taylor Thomas ended the game with a walk-off single - giving Riverside the 3-2 win.
Hardy suffered her second loss of the day and dropped to 1-3 on the year. The Rocklin, Calif. allowed three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings and struck out six. Meanwhile, Alvidrez earned win (6-3) after giving up two runs on four hits.
Riverside, who was fresh off an upset over fifth-ranked UCLA on Wednesday, improved to 6-9 with the win.
ETSU vs. #14 Ohio State Recap
The 14th ranked Buckeyes scored five runs in the first and seven in the fifth, as Ohio State defeated the Lady Bucs 13-1 in five innings on Friday.
Ohio State (11-5) roughed up senior right-hander Marissa Hardy in her homecoming back to The Golden State, as Hardy (1-2) suffered the loss and couldn't retire one Buckeye hitter. The Rocklin, Calif. native gave up five runs on three hits and was pulled after surrendering a pair of two-run homers and walking an Ohio State hitter in the first. Junior newcomer Jessica Duncan (Ooltewah, Tenn.) entered in replace of Hardy, and she held the Buckeyes to an additional run in the inning - making it a 5-0 contest.
ETSU scored its lone run in the bottom half of the inning when Trisha Massenzo's (Russellville, Tenn.) fielder's choice RBI scored freshman Lucy Schneider (Dade City, Fla.).
Duncan kept the nationally ranked Buckeyes off the board for the next two innings, but the Ooltewah, Tenn. gave up a run in the fourth and was charged for all seven in the fifth.
Ohio State's Megan Miller (5-1) earned the win after tossing all five innings of one-run ball. Miller scattered six hits and fanned four ETSU hitters.
The Lady Bucs return to action on Saturday afternoon when ETSU takes on BIG EAST foe Notre Dame at 2:30 p.m.
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