JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 17, 2017) – Coming off its first series sweep of Chattanooga in program history, the ETSU softball team looks to cap a perfect five-game homestand Tuesday when the Bucs host USC Upstate in a non-conference doubleheader at Betty Basler Field. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
ABOUT THE BUCS
The Bucs – who have won 11 of their last 12 home games – swept the Southern Conference series with Chattanooga this past weekend at home … Following the sweep, ETSU sits 20-19 overall, 6-3 in conference play.
The sweep marked the first time the Bucs accomplished the feat over Chattanooga in program history, while it was the first three-game sweep over an opponent since March 29-30, 2014 when ETSU took three from Northern Kentucky ... In addition, this also marks the first time the Bucs are three games above .500 in conference play since April 7, 2007 when ETSU was also 6-3.
In the three games against Chattanooga, the Bucs hit .321 (25-for-78) with three doubles, one home run, 16 walks, and four hit by pitches, while outscoring the Mocs, 20-9 … Meanwhile, the Buccaneer pitchers went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA (9 ER/21.0 IP) with three saves … Following the three saves this past weekend, ETSU now has 10 on the season, which is one shy of tying the single-season program record.
Offensively, the Bucs are also eyeing program records … ETSU is 10 doubles shy of the single-season record of 75 (set in 2002), while the Blue and Gold need 11 walks to break the mark of 140, which was also set in 2002 … ETSU’s 14 sacrifice flies are tied for the most in program history.
Individually, senior Mykeah Johnson (Cohutta, Ga.) broke the single-season walks record this past weekend against Chattanooga … Johnson has walked 28 times this season, breaking Tiffany McVay’s previous record of 25, set in 2002 … Against Chattanooga, Johnson reached base seven times in the series – four walks, one hit by pitch and two hits … One of the two hits was the game-winner as her grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning in game three lifted ETSU to a 10-5 victory.
Senior right-hander Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) factored in two of the three wins over the weekend against the Mocs … Fadnek went 1-0 with a 0.88 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) and one save in two appearances … Fadnek – who took a shutout into the seventh inning in game two on Friday – earned the win in the 3-1 victory, while she came in and recorded the final six outs Saturday to clinch the sweep.
Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) – who entered the year with five career wins in the circle in two seasons with the Bucs – is looking to double the win total this week … Ogle picked up her ninth win of the season in Friday’s 7-3 game one victory.
As a team, ETSU ranks second in the SoCon in batting average (.285) and ERA (3.34), while three Bucs rank in the top-10 in the conference in batting average – Tiffany Laughren (2nd, .395), Danielle Knoetze (4th, .375) and Taylor Carter (6th, .342) … Ogle ranks sixth with a 3.25 ERA.
The Bucs rank fifth nationally in doubles per game (1.69), while Rebecca Wahrmund (Morrilton, Ark.) ranks 23rd in saves (3), Knoetze and Laughren rank 24th in doubles (13) and Johnson ranks 36th in walks per game (0.72).
ABOUT USC UPSTATE
USC Upstate has won three straight and six of its last seven, and enters the midweek doubleheader with a 36-10 record.
The Spartans swept Stetson this past weekend in conference play, while 14 of their wins have come away from home.
As a group, USC Upstate ranks sixth nationally in ERA (1.36), while Holly McKinnon ranks 18th with a 1.16 ERA … McKinnon also ranks 14th in wins (19), 16th in hits per seven innings (4.16), and 17th in strikeouts (179) … Meanwhile, teammate Lexi Shubert ranks eighth nationally in shutouts (8).
Overall, the Spartans have recorded 15 shutouts on the season, while their pitching staff is limiting opponents to a .173 batting average and 1.5 runs per game.
Offensively, USC Upstate is hitting .289 as a team with 56 doubles, 10 triples and 31 home runs, while outscoring the opposition, 211-69 … The Spartans have also posted 83 stolen bases on the season.
Karla Beasley and Abbie Millete both lead the team with seven home runs, while Ansley Gilstrap leads the club in batting average (.336), runs (35), triples (30) and stolen bases (28).
USC Upstate – who has made four straight trips to the NCAA Regional – was picked to win the Atlantic Sun conference this season.
USC Upstate has won the last seven meetings and leads the all-time series, 16-4.
ETSU’s last win in the series was a 3-2 victory back on April 24, 2013.
Seven of the previous 20 meetings have been decided by two runs or less, including two of the last three being one-run decisions.
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