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Western Carolina206000X8110
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Buchanan (5-7) 4.153356
Loss: Madison Ogle (9-10) 2.067712
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Danielle Knoetze (ETSU) 412101
Cassi Pickett (ETSU) 202010
Long (WCU) 424000
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Lindsey Fadnek (5-3) 7.051019
Loss: Liscio (0-4) 7.053234
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Mykeah Johnson (ETSU) 311010
Taylor Wright (ETSU) 211000
Danielle Knoetze (ETSU) 411201
Taylor Carter (ETSU) 301100
Kelsey Chernak (ETSU) 301000
Daniels (WCU) 302000
Fadnek, Knoetze carry Bucs to split at Western Carolina
Senior right-hander Lindsey Fadnek allowed one unearned run in Saturday's 3-1 win over Western Carolina in game two.
Fadnek, Knoetze carry Bucs to split at Western Carolina
Saturday, April 22, 2017

ETSU drops opener; Knoetze belts game-winning home run in 3-1 win in nightcap

 

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (April 22, 2017)Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) allowed one unearned run and struck out nine in a complete game effort, while Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.) belted the game-winning home run in the top of the seventh inning en route to lifting ETSU to a 3-1 win over Western Carolina in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader from the Catamount Softball Complex. ETSU dropped the opener, 8-3. 

The Bucs scored their first run in the top of the first inning of game two, which looked like it was going to be enough offense to secure the victory. For good measure, Knoetze belted a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the seventh to give the Blue and Gold a three-run lead. The Catamounts threatened in the bottom of the seventh as they loaded the bases and scored their lone run on a sacrifice fly RBI, but with two outs and runners on first and second, Fadnek worked out of trouble to earn the win. Fadnek induced back-to-back fly outs to end the game. 

Fadnek improved to 5-3 as she allowed five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk in the complete game effort. Fadnek’s nine strikeouts marked a season high, while they were the most posted a Buccaneer pitcher this season. The Buccaneer hurler used the strikeout to get six of the first nine outs, while registering at least two strikeouts in four of the seven innings. 

Knoetze homered in both games to move her season total to 10, while Mykeah Johnson (Cohutta, Ga.) – who walked to lead off game two – scored the first run on Taylor Carter’s (Brazil, Ind.) two-out RBI single up the middle. Knoetze became just the fourth Buccaneer to record double-digit home runs in one season and pushed her career total to 27, which ranks third all-time in program history. Four of Knoetze’s five hits against the Catamounts have now gone for home runs. 

With the split, ETSU moved to 21-20, 7-4 in SoCon play, while Western Carolina went to 13-24, 3-8. The Bucs remain tied for second with UNCG in the conference standings, while the two teams are still l one game back of league-leading Furman. 

GAME ONE RECAP

The Catamounts scored two in the first and broke things open with a six-run third as Western Carolina opened the series with an 8-3 victory over the Buccaneers in game one. 

ETSU scored its three runs in the fifth – one coming on a solo home run by Danielle Knoetze. Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) reached base three times – a double, walk and hit by pitch – and scored one of the runs in the fifth on a sacrifice fly RBI by Quinn Giesick (Bakersfield, Calif.). Knoetze and Cassi Pickett (Chattanooga, Tenn.) both had two-hit games as the accounted for four of ETSU’s eight hits. 

Junior Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) got the start and suffered the loss (9-10) for the Blue and Gold as she allowed seven runs on six hits in two innings before Kelly Schmidt (Norcross, Ga.) finished things off for the Bucs. Schmidt allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts in four-plus innings of work. 

The Bucs had their chances but left 12 runners on base as they went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and 3-of-16 with runners on base. On the flip side, Western Carolina went 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position. 

The Bucs threatened early as they loaded the bases in the first two innings but had nothing to show for it as Catamount right-hander Courtney Buchanan worked out of trouble and Western Carolina’s offense made the Blue and Gold pay. The Catamounts took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Hunter Gibbons connected on a two-out, two-strike home run to right-center. 

ETSU put runners on the corners in the third, and again couldn’t push across any runs, as Kelsey Chernak (Ooltewah, Tenn.) was robbed of an RBI single when shortstop Ashlyn Long’s diving snag resulted in a fielder’s choice as she tagged second base to get the inning-ending force out. 

Western Carolina broke the game open in the third inning as the Catamounts scored six runs to extend their lead to, 8-0. The first six hitters reached to start the frame as Courtney Price singled home two runs and Gibbons plated a pair on a double to left. 

With the Blue and Gold down to their final at-bat, ETSU prolonged the game as they scratched across three runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut its deficit to, 8-3. Knoetze started the rally by leading off the inning with a home run to right-center, while Giesick drove in Laughren – who doubled to right-center – on a sacrifice fly RBI to right. Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.) scored the third run on an RBI single by pinch hitter Taylor Wright (Erwin, Tenn.), but with one out and the bases loaded, the Bucs were unable to do further damage as Mykeah Johnson tapped into an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play. 

Both teams were held scoreless over the next two-plus innings and Western Carolina secured the five-run win, 8-3. 

Buchanan earned the win (5-7) in the circle as she allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and five walks in 4.1 innings. Lily Hayes entered out of the pen and held the Bucs scoreless on three hits in the final 2.2 innings. 

Long recorded a game-high four hits as she went 4-for-4 with two runs, while Gibbons finished 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two runs and four RBI. 

GAME TWO RECAP

Lindsey Fadnek struck out a season-high nine batters and Danielle Knoetze belted her 10th home run of the season as ETSU evened the series with a 3-1 victory over Western Carolina in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader. 

The nightcap was dominated by strong pitching performances from Fadnek and freshman Kinsey Liscio. Both pitchers allowed just five hits; however, two-out hitting proved to be the difference maker. All three of ETSU’s runs scored came with two outs – an RBI single by Taylor Carter in the first and the two-run homer by Knoetze in the seventh. 

Despite the five hits, ETSU still managed to put a base runner on in each of the seven innings, as the Bucs walked and were hit by a pitch three times. 

After trailing for the entirety of game one, the Bucs struck first in the nightcap as Mykeah Johnson led off with a walk and later scored on Carter’s two-out single up the middle, putting ETSU ahead, 1-0. 

Fadnek made the lone run hold up until surrendering an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh; however, Knoetze provided the key hit with her opposite field home run in the top of the frame. 

Fadnek struck out six in the first three innings – and after allowing a runner to reach second in the bottom of the second – the Buccaneer right-hander didn’t allow a Catamount again to reach second base until the sixth inning. In the sixth, Fadnek got out of trouble by getting a pair of strikeouts to keep Western Carolina off the scoreboard. 

With the Blue and Gold leaving seven runners stranded in the first six innings, ETSU finally came through with the big hit in the seventh. After Liscio got the first two outs in the frame, Taylor Wright kept the inning alive with a single up the middle, which led to Knoetze’s heroics, as she sent a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right-center – making it a 3-0 score. 

The Catamounts had one last punch left as they loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh; however, Fadnek got out of trouble by getting a sac fly RBI to left and a game-ending fly out to right. 

Liscio suffered the loss (0-4) as she allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks in the complete game effort. 

Western Carolina left eight runners stranded and only put the leadoff runner on once in the seven innings. Fadnek held the Catamounts to a 1-of-6 clip with runners in scoring position and a 2-of-12 mark with runners on base. 

ETSU and Western Carolina will look to wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. Please stay tuned to ETSUBucs.com for updated news regarding schedule changes. 

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