JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2015) – The East Tennessee State University softball team wrapped up its fall season last weekend. ETSU, which finished last season 15-33 overall and 3-15 in league action, has a wealth of experience returning for 2016 as 18 players that were on the roster last year are back. In addition to the 18 returners, the Bucs welcome five new players to the team.
“I felt like we had a productive fall overall,” said Buccaneer Head Coach Brad Irwin. “We got a lot of kids plenty of playing time so we could evaluate where everyone fits in.”
Individually, the Bucs were led by senior Jennine Duncan (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and freshman Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.). Duncan hit .474 this fall and Laughren hit .435 with a home run.
“Tiffany had a really good fall at the plate,” remarked Irwin. “Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.), Samantha Carpenter (Forest City, N.C.) and Kaitlin Patsel (Greenville, Tenn.) also provided some big hits for us in clutch situations.”
The Bucs’ pitching staff, which is currently comprised of seven hurlers, also did a nice job this fall according to Irwin.
“Sharlene Godoy (La Puente, Calif.) had a good fall,” said Irwin. “In her first start she pitched four innings and threw only two balls. As a whole, I thought the pitching staff did a nice job.”
ETSU will hold individual workouts for the rest of the fall semester before opening spring practice when classes resume in January. The Bucs’ first games of the 2016 season are scheduled to begin in mid-February.
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