|February 25, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Madison Ogle (3-3)||6.0||4||2||1||3||5|
|Loss: LUSK (0-2)||7.0||9||7||5||3||4|
|Danielle Knoetze (ETSU)||3||1||2||3||0||1|
|February 25, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Geffert (3-2)||5.0||3||0||0||3||2|
|Loss: Tiffany Laughren (0-2)||2.1||8||6||2||0||0|
|Tiffany Laughren (ETSU)||4||0||2||0||0||0|
ROCK HILL, S.C. (Feb. 25, 2017) – The ETSU softball team scored four runs in the top of the third inning – highlighted by a three-run home run by senior Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.) – as the Bucs cruised to a 7-3 win over Youngstown State in the first of two games on Saturday at the Winthrop/Adidas Tournament in Rock Hill, S.C. In the second game, Bucknell rallied with four runs in the third inning to defeat the Blue and Gold, 7-4.
Knoetze – who homered in three straight games with the three-run blast against Youngstown State – moved into a tie for fourth-place on ETSU’s all-time home run list. The San Diego, Calif. native recorded her 20th career round-tripper, which ties her with current teammate Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.) and Lindsey Lane (2002-05).
Junior Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) earned the win as she held Youngstown State to two runs (one earned) on four hits with five strikeouts in six-plus innings of work. Ogle has won her last two decisions and improved to 3-3 on the season.
Senior Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.) and sophomore Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) combined to go 5-for-12 with two doubles, two runs, four walks, and three RBI in the two games on Saturday.
With the split, ETSU moved to 7-7 on the season, while the Bucs look to cap off the weekend on a winning note as the Bucs take on North Carolina Central Sunday at 12 p.m.
YOUNGSTOWN STATE RECAP
ETSU scored four runs in the third and tacked on two more in the fourth as the Bucs defeated Youngstown State, 7-3.
Danielle Knoetze homered for the third consecutive game as she connected on a three-run blast in the third, and Tiffany Laughren doubled home the two runs in the fourth inning. Knoetze paced the Blue and Gold with a two-hit game, while seven other Buccaneer hitters registered a hit. Nikki Grupp (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished with a double and scored two runs, while Mykeah Johnson (Cohutta, Ga.) reached base twice and scored two runs.
Madison Ogle picked up her second straight winning decision (3-3) as she allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work.
After both teams were held scoreless in the first two innings, the Bucs broke through with a four-run third – highlighted by Danielle Knoetze’s three-run blast to center – to put ETSU ahead, 4-0. Later in the inning, Taylor Carter added to ETSU’s lead when her RBI single to center plated Laughren from third.
The Bucs pushed across a pair of insurance runs in the fourth inning when ETSU loaded up the bases and Laughren ripped a two-out, two-RBI ground-rule double down the right field line, making it a 6-0 score.
Youngstown State scratched across a run in the fifth inning when the Penguins loaded the bases and Hannah Lucas scored after Maddi Lusk was hit by a pitch. ETSU got the run back in the top half of the sixth as Grupp ripped a one-out double to right-center and sprinted home on Emma Martindale’s (Johnson City, Tenn.) sacrifice fly RBI, making it a 7-1 game.
The Penguins got two-run home run by Cali Mikovich in the bottom of the seventh, but Rebecca Wahrmund (Morrilton, Ark.) got Lusk to ground out to second, while striking out Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio looking on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.
Lusk tossed a complete game and was handed the loss (0-2) as she was tagged for seven runs (five earned) on nine hits. Mikovich accounted for two of Youngstown State’s five hits and she drove in two of the three runs.
Youngstown State – who recorded 30 wins in the Horizon League in 2016 – dipped to 0-6 to start the season.
Despite scoring four second-inning runs, ETSU was unable to hang on as Bucknell rallied for four runs in the bottom of the third to defeat the Buccaneers, 7-4.
Nikki Grupp drove in three runs with a bases clearing double in the second inning, while Tiffany Laughren registered two of ETSU’s six hits in the setback. Taylor Carter also reached base three times as she went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Overall, the Buccaneer hitters walked six times on the afternoon; however, ETSU went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and 4-for-19 with runners on base.
Laughren made her first start of the season in the circle and suffered the loss (0-2) as she allowed six runs (two earned) on eight hits in 2.1 innings. Senior Sharlene Godoy (La Puente, Calif.) came out of the bullpen and held Bucknell to one run on five hits in three innings of work.
The Bison struck first as Bucknell plated two runs in the bottom of the first, but ETSU answered with a four-run second inning to go ahead, 4-2. With one out and the bases loaded, Grupp cleared the bases after she ripped a double to center and advanced to third on the throw to the plate. Grupp later scored when Mykeah Johnson hit a pop fly to right field, but Carolyn Wan dropped the ball, which allowed the Buccaneer rookie to score.
Bucknell put a four spot up of its own an inning later as the Bison regained a 6-4 lead in the third. A fielding miscue led to three unearned runs as the Bison scored their first run on a one-out fielding error by shortstop Kelsey Chernak (Ooltewah, Tenn.). From there, Chaylen Andolino ripped a two-RBI single to left and Jacklyn Tyburk capped off the scoring with an RBI double to right.
The Bucs put base runners on in three of the last four innings – including sending the tying run to the plate in the seventh – but Bucknell reliever Raeanne Geffert held the Blue and Gold scoreless on three hits over the final five innings to secure the win. The Bison tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when Anna Gimmestad tripled to right and scored on Meghan Kovac’s two-out double to right, making it the 7-4 score.
In the seventh, Laughren doubled and Carter reached on a two-out single, but with two on and two out, Geffert induced Kelsey Smith to hit into a game-ending fly out to left.
Nine Bison batters accounted for their 14 hits with Kovac and Lauren Hadley combining for six hits, two runs and two RBI.
Bucknell improved to 6-2 on the season following the three-run victory.
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