|April 22, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Buchanan (5-7)||4.1||5||3||3||5||6|
|Loss: Madison Ogle (9-10)||2.0||6||7||7||1||2|
|Danielle Knoetze (ETSU)||4||1||2||1||0||1|
|Cassi Pickett (ETSU)||2||0||2||0||1||0|
|April 22, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Lindsey Fadnek (5-3)||7.0||5||1||0||1||9|
|Loss: Liscio (0-4)||7.0||5||3||2||3||4|
|Mykeah Johnson (ETSU)||3||1||1||0||1||0|
|Taylor Wright (ETSU)||2||1||1||0||0||0|
|Danielle Knoetze (ETSU)||4||1||1||2||0||1|
|Taylor Carter (ETSU)||3||0||1||1||0||0|
|Kelsey Chernak (ETSU)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (April 21, 2017) – With the ETSU softball team reaching the midway point of Southern Conference play, the Buccaneers look to continue their winning was as the Blue and Gold open a three-game series at Western Carolina on Saturday.
The teams will play a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday, while wrapping up the weekend with a 2 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.
GAME THREE (Sunday, April 23) – ETSU at Western Carolina, 2 p.m. – Live Stats
ABOUT THE BUCS
The Bucs – who have won their last four SoCon games – swept the conference series with Chattanooga this past weekend at home … Following the sweep, ETSU sits 20-19 overall, 6-3 in conference play ... The Blue and Gold enter the weekend in a tie for second place and one game back of league-leading Furman.
The four-game SoCon win streak marks the longest stretch since the Bucs rattled off six straight conference wins from April 6-13, 2007.
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 leads the SoCon in batting average (.285) and ranks second in 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 rankssixth with a 3.25 ERA.
The Bucs rank seventh nationally in doubles per game (1.69), while Rebecca Wahrmund (Morrilton, Ark.) ranks 23rd in saves (3), Knoetze ranks 27th in doubles per game (0.34) and Laughren ranks 34th (0.33), while Johnson ranks 36th in walks per game (0.72).
ABOUT WESTERN CAROLINA
Western Carolina is back in action after sweeping a doubleheader over North Carolina A&T back on April 13 … The Catamounts are 12-23 overall, 2-7 in SoCon play.
Through nine conference games, Western Carolina leads all teams with a .293 batting average, while the Catamounts’ 16 doubles are tied for the league lead and their 10 home runs in SoCon play rank second.
Sophomore infielder Hunter Gibbons has belted three of her seven home runs in conference play, while she’s hitting .330 (35-fro-106) with 13 doubles, seven home runs, 19 runs and 31 RBI in 35 games this season … Freshman utility player Erica Hayes is hitting .409 (9-for-22) with two home runs in six conference games.
Sophomore left-hander Lily Hayes leads the Western Carolina pitching staff with five wins and has recorded one of the Catamounts’ two shutouts this season, while senior Courtney Buchanan leads the team in ERA (3.72), IP (81.0), starts (11) and strikeouts (60).
After dropping its first six SoCon games, Western Carolina won two of three at Chattanooga back on April 8-9.
Sixteen of the Catamounts’ 35 games have been decided by two runs or less … Western Carolina is 1-8 in one-run games and 3-4 in two-run contests.
ETSU leads the all-time series 15-9; however, the Catamounts have won four of the last five meetings in the series.
Last season the Catamounts took two of three from ETSU in Johnson City … The teams combined for 40 runs on 60 hits in the series – including 13 home runs.
Cassi Pickett (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.) combined to go 7-for-17 with one double, three home runs, five walks, four runs and 10 RBI in the three games.
For her career, Pickett is hitting .520 (13-for-25) with three doubles, three home runs, seven runs, 10 walks and nine RBI in nine career games against the Catamounts … All three of Danielle Knoetze’s hits against Western Carolina have been home runs, while Kelsey Smith is hitting .310 (9-for-29) with four home runs, four runs and 16 RBI in nine career games ... Taylor Carter is 10-for-33 with one home runs, eight walks, 11 runs and six RBI in 11 career games versus Western Carolina.
Live stats will be available for all three games, while Saturday’s doubleheader will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network … Please click the links above to access live video and live stats.
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.