|April 17, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Lindsey Bert (16-11)||7.0||1||1||0||0||7|
|Loss: M. Ogle (2-7)||7.0||5||2||1||7||5|
|Natalie Clemmons (FUR)||4||1||1||0||0||0|
|Taylor Jenkins (FUR)||1||0||1||0||3||0|
|Lindsey Bert (FUR)||4||0||1||0||0||0|
|Elise Smith (FUR)||3||1||1||1||1||1|
|Emma Ogburn (FUR)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|C. Horner (ETSU)||2||0||1||0||0||0|
|April 17, 2015||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Alex Sappington (4-10)||2.0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Loss: W. Leon (4-9)||6.0||9||3||3||2||3|
|Natalie Clemmons (FUR)||5||2||3||2||0||0|
|Courtney Jacobs (FUR)||3||1||3||1||0||0|
Bucs suffer eighth and ninth one-run losses of season, host Furman Sat. at 3pm for series finale
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 17, 2015) - The ETSU softball team suffered a pair of one-run losses to league opponent Furman Friday, falling, 2-1, in Game One of the day's doubleheader, and 7-6, in Game Two after rallying from a 4-0 deficit to force extra innings.
Nearly half (12) of ETSU's losses this season have come by two runs or fewer, with nine of those contests being decided by a single run.
ETSU starter Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) tossed seven innings of five-hit softball in the opening game of Friday's doubleheader, striking out a career-high five batters; however, Furman lefthander Lindsey Bert matched Ogle's quality start, allowing just one hit en route to sealing her 16th victory of the season.
The Buccaneers (12-25, 1-10 SoCon) struck first in Game One, with redshirt senior Nicole Fox (Peachtree City, Ga.) scoring on a sacrifice bunt by Cassi Pickett (Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the first inning.
A solo home run by Furman's Elise Smith in the second inning tied the game at 1-1, a margin that remained unchanged until the seventh inning when Natalie Clemmons scored the game-winning run on an ETSU throwing error.
While Bert got the best of the Bucs' batters in Game One, ETSU flipped the script in Game Two as the Bucs recorded nine hits and six earned runs versus Furman's freshman ace.
The Paladins (22-21, 5-6 SoCon) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the final game of the doubleheader, scoring three runs in the first and another in the third.
ETSU responded, however, rattling off four unanswered runs, including three in the bottom of the third inning.
Back-to-back singles by Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) and Samantha Carpenter (Forest City, N.C.) set the table for Fox, who singled through the left side to score Schurr.
With runners on first and second, Pickett then belted a two-out double to right field, plating both Carpenter and Fox, and trimming ETSU's deficit to a narrow, 4-3 margin.
The teams swapped scoreless frames in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings before the Bucs completed their rally in the seventh.
Schurr singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh for ETSU before being moved to third following a sacrifice bunt by Carpenter and a wild pitch by Bert.
Senior Alex Everett (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) then reached safely on a fielder's choice to second base, bringing Fox to the plate with the tying run just 60 feet from home plate. Fox proceeded to drive a deep sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Schurr to send the game to extra innings.
Furman regained the lead, 6-4, with a one-out, bases-clearing triple by Clemmons in the top of the eighth; however, the Bucs responded once more.
ETSU led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk by Pickett and a single by Casey Horner (Whitesburg, Tenn.), forcing Furman to turn to relief pitcher Alex Sappington.
A sacrifice bunt by Latosha Rectenwald (Morristown, Tenn.) then advanced Horner to second and Emma Martindale (Johnson City, Tenn.), who pinch ran for Pickett, to third.
After Mykeah Johnson (Cohutta, Ga.) replaced Horner as a pinch runner, Sappington tossed a wild pitch, allowing Martindale to score and Johnson to advance to third.
Sophomore Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.) then grounded out to short, but Johnson astutely hustled from third base to score the game-tying run, knotting the contest at 6-6.
Bert, who remained in the game as Furman's offense player, led off the top of the ninth with a double to left center and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Brittany Houston.
Furman's Courtney Jacobs then capped her 3-for-3 game with a single through the left side to score Bert, Furman's eventual game-winning run.
Sappington retired ETSU's side in order to seal the win for the Paladins.
Making her first career start, Schurr, who joined the Bucs' roster as a late addition after competing with ETSU's women's basketball team during the winter and spring, went 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring two runs.
Horner and Jenine Duncan (Jonesborough, Tenn.) also notched multi-hit games for the Bucs, each recording a pair of hits.
Overall, ETSU manufactured six runs on 10 hits in Friday's second game, marking the most hits the Bucs have strung together since their 12-10, extra-inning victory over Western Carolina March 21.
The Bucs will look to bounce back Saturday, April 18 as they host Furman for the third and final game of the league series at 3:00 p.m., at Betty Basler Field in Johnson City.
Saturday, April 18
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