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Win: Madison Ogle (9-9) 4.063303
Loss: Celie Hudson (3-4) 6.067662
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
J.J. Hamill (UTC) 403200
Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) 302310
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Win: Lindsey Fadnek (4-3) 6.031135
Loss: Maddy Adams (1-3) 3.061031
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Hayleigh Weissenbach (UTC) 401000
J.J. Hamill (UTC) 401000
Brook Womack (UTC) 401000
Jesslyn Stockard (UTC) 301000
Katy Richardson (UTC) 201010
Danielle Knoetze (ETSU) 402000
Taylor Carter (ETSU) 302000
Kelsey Smith (ETSU) 302000
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Win: Kelly Schmidt (2-2) 2.072211
Loss: Celie Hudson (3-5) 6.010101064
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Emma Sturdivant (UTC) 423010
Taylor Carter (ETSU) 403100
ETSU returns home to take on Chattanooga
ETSU returns home to take on Chattanooga
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bucs and Mocs to play doubleheader on Friday; single game Saturday at Betty Basler Field

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 13, 2017) – The ETSU softball team opens a five-game homestand this weekend as the Bucs host in-state rival Chattanooga in a three-game Southern Conference series, beginning Friday evening at Betty Basler Field. 

The Bucs and Mocs will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 4 p.m., while concluding the series with a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday. 

SERIES SCHEDULE

GAME ONE (Friday, April 14) – ETSU vs. Chattanooga, 4 p.m. – Live Stats / Live Video

GAME TWO (Friday, April 14) – ETSU vs. Chattanooga, 6 p.m. – Live Stats / Live Video

GAME THREE (Saturday, April 15) – ETSU vs. Chattanooga, 1 p.m. – Live Stats / Live Video 

ABOUT THE BUCS

ETSU enters the weekend with a 17-19 overall record and sits 3-3 in the conference. 

Through two conference series, the Bucs lead the SoCon in ERA (1.40), fewest hits (38) and fewest runs allowed (11). 

Junior right-hander Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) is 2-2 with a 1.17 ERA (4 ER/24.0 IP) in four starts in SoCon play … Ogle – a two-time SoCon Pitcher of the Week recipient – has 19 strikeouts to one walk against conference foes this season.

Overall, sophomore Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) leads the Blue and Gold with a .390 batting average, while seniors Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.) and Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.) are hitting .373 and .317, respectively … Knoetze and Carter are both tied for the team lead in home runs (8), while Carter – who belted two homers in Sunday’s 6-1 win at Samford – is three shy of tying the program record … Laughren and Knoetze are both tied for the team lead in hits (41) and doubles (12). 

Offensively, the Blue and Gold lead the SoCon in doubles (63), while ranking second in batting average (.282), slugging percentage (.436), on-base percentage (.362) and walks (114) … In the circle, ETSU leads the conference in saves (7), ranks second in ERA (3.37), strikeouts (172), and fewest earned runs allowed (114). 

Junior Kelsey Chernak (Ooltewah, Tenn.) is 10 hits shy of No. 100 for her career, while Carter, Knoetze and Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.) all rank in the top-5 all-time in home runs … Carter is second with 30, Knoetze is tied for third at 25 and Smith is fifth with 21 … Following her two-homer game last Sunday, Carter now ranks fourth all-time in RBI (107), seventh in total bases (262) and doubles (30), and ranks ninth in runs scored (85). 

The Bucs have won eight of their last nine games at Betty Basler Field … During this nine-game stretch, ETSU is hitting .332 (77-for-232) with 17 doubles, three triples and three home runs, while outscoring the opposition 36-19 … As a staff, the Buccaneer hurlers have posted a 1.81 ERA (16 ER/62.0 IP) and are limiting the opposition to a .221 batting average over this nine-game stretch. 

Mykeah Johnson (Cohutta, Ga.) has hit safely in her last five home games, while Nikki Grupp (Jacksonville, Fla.) has reached base in her last six home contests. 

ABOUT CHATTANOOGA

Chattanooga has dropped five of its last six and enters the weekend 12-27, 2-7. 

The Mocs are a strong offensive team as they are hitting .281 with 52 doubles, five triples and 20 home runs. 

Chattanooga has four players that have hit at least four home runs this season – including junior Ashley Conner … Conner is hitting .325 with eight doubles, four home runs, 18 runs and 21 RBI, while junior Brook Womack leads the team with five homers. 

Overall, six players are hitting over .300 with sophomore Halie Williamson posting a team-best .346 mark. 

Freshman left-hander Payten Price has posted seven of Chattanooga’s 12 wins in the circle … Price has appeared in 24 of the Mocs’ 39 games and has made 19 starts with nine complete games. 

SERIES HISTORY

Chattanooga leads the all-time series 22-5; however, the Bucs won the regular season series last year in Chattanooga … The Mocs defeated ETSU, 6-3, in an elimination game at the SoCon Tournament a year ago. 

In last year’s regular season series, the Bucs defeated Chattanooga, 6-4 (May 7) and 6-3 (May 8) before falling to the Mocs, 11-3, in the finale. 

In the four games last season, Knoetze hit .429 (6-for-14) with four runs scored, while Carter went 5-for-12 (.417) with two home runs, three runs and five RBI … Ogle went 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA (6 ER/14.2 IP) in three appearances (two starts) and Laughren tossed two scoreless innings to get the win in game one of the series … Overall, the teams combined for 76 hits and 42 runs in the four games last season. 

The teams have met nine times in Johnson City with the Mocs winning eight of the nine contests … ETSU’s lone win over the Mocs at home was a 2-1 victory back on April 5, 2003. 

Nine games in the series have been decided by two runs or less. 

COVERAGE

Live stats and live video will be available for all three games this weekend … Please click the links above to access live stats or visit BucsStats.com … Live video will be provided free of charge via the Buccaneer Sports Network on YouTubeParker Schwartz and Fielder Dennis will be on the call.

Live twitter updates will also be offered by following @ETSUSoftball

For more information on Buccaneer softball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the softball page.