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Win: Ciocatto (4-11) 2.131100
Loss: M. Ogle (2-9) 2.056631
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N. Fox (ETSU) 403000
Gomez (APP) 413000
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Win: K. Smith (1-0) 4.042233
Loss: Williford (4-6) 3.074300
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T. Carter (ETSU) 423301
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Four-run sixth inning spurs Bucs to comeback win at App State
Four-run sixth inning spurs Bucs to comeback win at App State
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bucs split doubleheader at App State in final road/non-conference contests of the season

BOONE, N.C. (April 29, 2015) - ETSU recorded a season-high 16 hits in Wednesday's doubleheader finale at App State as the Bucs came from behind to best the Mountaineers in non-conference action in Boone, N.C.

Wednesday's twin bill, which ETSU split with App State, marked the Buccaneers (13-30) final regular-season road trip of the year. ETSU will conclude the regular season by hosting SoCon opponent Mercer for a three-game series Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3.

While the Mountaineers (14-32) earned a narrow 7-6 victory in Game One Wednesday, ETSU responded with a stellar offensive outing in Game Two, manufacturing 14 runs—matching the team's season-high—on a season-best 16 hits to earn a 14-13 win and series split.

The Bucs got on the board early on in Game Two, scoring three times in their first frame.

Redshirt senior Nicole Fox (Peachtree City, Ga.) led off the game with a bunt single to third base before being driven home by a two-out, two-strike double to centerfield by freshman Cassi Pickett (Chattanooga, Tenn.). ETSU's very next batter, fellow freshman Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.), then belted a two-run homer—her 12th long ball of the year—to right field to push the Bucs' lead to 3-0.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Mountaineers drew three walks and took advantage of three ETSU fielding errors to plate four runs—all unearned—to assume a 4-3 advantage.

ETSU started off the third inning by loading the bases following a walk by Pickett sandwiched between singles by Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) and Smith. A sacrifice fly to right field by senior Alex Everett (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) drove in Schurr—the first of seven runs ETSU would score in the inning.

Casey Horner (Whitesburg, Tenn.) then plated two runs on a single up the middle, giving ETSU a 6-4 lead and setting the table for sophomore Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.).

With no outs and Horner on second, Carter battled against App State pitcher, Katherine Johnson, stringing together a nine-pitch at-bat that featured four-consecutive, two-strike foul balls before Carter blasted her fifth homer of the season—a two-run shot to right field—to extend the Bucs' lead to 8-4.

Sophomore Kelsey Chernak (Ooltewah, Tenn.) then drew a walk on five pitches, bringing Fox to the plate with no outs. Fox reached base safely on a fielding error by the first baseman, Heather Josey, before advancing all the way to third following another error by Josey—this time of the throwing variety—and a throwing error by shortstop Cara Parker. Chernak scored on the wacky sequence, pushing ETSU's lead to 9-4.

Pinch-hitting for Jenine Duncan (Jonesborough, Tenn.), junior outfielder Bethany Cowart (Ringgold, Ga.) hit an RBI-single to short to score Fox and cap ETSU's seven-run inning, allowing the Bucs to take a 10-4 advantage into the bottom of the third.

Keeping with the wild, offensively-oriented theme of the contest, the Mountaineers answered with a seven-run third inning of their own highlighted by five hits, including a two-run double by catcher Sarah Warnock and two-run homers by Josey and Parker. Heading into the fourth inning, App State maintained a narrow, 11-10 lead.

For the next four frames, both teams' bats were quiet, with App State scoring the lone run of the stretch on an RBI-single by second baseman Cynthia Gomez, extending the Mountaineers' advantage to 12-10.

ETSU's offense was awoken in the top of the sixth as the Bucs plated four runs on four hits to regain the lead at 14-12.

After grounding out to start the inning, the Buccaneers recorded three consecutive hits—a double by Everett and singles by Horner and Carter—to score one run. Fox then drew a two-out walk to extend the inning.

Brooke Baxter (Jasper, Tenn.) scored the game-tying run on a wild pitch by recently-inserted pitcher Alissa Schoelkopf.

Cowart capped the inning with a nine-pitch at-bat that concluded with a two-RBI, go-ahead single to right field, scoring Fox and Carter and giving the Bucs a 14-12 advantage.

Smith, who pitched a season-high four innings in the contest, allowed just two App State hits the rest of the way—a seventh-inning solo homer by Parker—en route to sealing the victory for ETSU and earning her first collegiate win in the pitcher's circle.

In addition to earning the victory, Smith went 3-for-5 at the plate in the win, driving in a pair of runs and scoring two more.

Carter, Everett, Horner, and Pickett joined Smith in recording multi-hit games. Carter, who batted 3-for-4, and Cowart each led ETSU with three RBI in the victory.

Like Game Two, Fox led off the Game One with a single, however, she was later retired at second base on a fielder's choice in which Schurr reached base safely.

With two outs in the opening inning of Game One, Pickett belted a double to right center, scoring Schurr and giving ETSU an early 1-0 lead.

App State plated three runs on three hits in the third inning to take a 3-1 advantage, but the Bucs responded in the top of the fifth.

Chernak led off the inning with a single through the left side before advancing to second on a ground out by Fox. Chernak was then moved to third on a bunt single by the speedy left fielder, Duncan.

With runners on the corners and out out, Schurr hit a double to left field to score Chernak, cutting ETSU's deficit to 3-2 and driving the Mountaineers' starter, Kaitlin Williford, from the game.

Facing her first batter of the game, Schoelkopf walked Pickett on four pitches to load the bases.

Smith plated two of ETSU's three runners on base with a two-run single up the middle, giving the Bucs a 4-3 lead.

Following a pop up by Everett, Carter then drew a walk on five pitches, loading the bases once more. Still struggling with her command, Schoelkopf walked Horner on four pitches, allowing pinch runner Emma Martindale (Johnson City, Tenn.) to score from third.

Vanessa Ciocatto, who would go on to start Game Two, then replaced Schoelkopf in the pitcher's circle for App State and forced Chernak to pop up to second base to end the inning with ETSU maintaining a 5-3 advantage.

App State matched ETSU's four-run fifth with a four-run frame of its own in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead at 7-5.

Josey knotted the game at 5-5 with a two-run homer to left field and, following a walk by Caroline Chambers, while Parker plated the eventual game-winning runs on a two-run home run to right center, giving the Mountaineers a 7-5 advantage.

Parker, who entered Wednesday's doubleheader with five home runs on the season, went deep three times Wednesday—once in Game One and twice in Game Two. In all Wednesday, Parker batted 4-of-8 at the plate with six RBI and three runs scored.

ETSU cut its deficit to 7-6 by plating one run in the sixth inning when Pickett scored Schurr on an RBI-single to right field.

Ciocatto retired the Bucs' batters in order in the final inning to allow App State to escape with a narrow, 7-6 win.

The Buccaneers registered 12 hits in the setback and outhit App State by a 28-21 margin during Wednesday's twin bill.

ETSU will close out the regular season with a three-game home series versus league opponent Mercer Saturday, May 2 and Sunday May 3.

Prior to Sunday's regular-season finale, ETSU will honor the contributions of its five outgoing seniors: Everett, Fox, Horner, Whitney Leon (Dandridge, Tenn.), and Latosha Rectenwald (Morristown, Tenn.).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 2 - Johnson City, Tenn.

1:00 p.m. vs. Mercer | LIVE STATS

3:00 p.m. vs. Mercer | LIVE STATS

Sunday, May 3 - Johnson City, Tenn.

12:00 p.m. vs. Mercer | LIVE STATS

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