|April 29, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Lindsey Bert (17-9)||7.0||7||4||4||3||5|
|Loss: Madison Ogle (9-12)||6.0||7||6||6||1||5|
|AnnaRose Borrelli (FUR)||4||1||3||5||0||1|
|Nikki Grupp (ETSU)||4||2||2||2||0||1|
|April 29, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Lindsey Fadnek (7-3)||5.0||8||2||2||1||4|
|Loss: Emily Demonte (9-10)||6.0||7||3||3||1||4|
|Candace Johnson (FUR)||3||1||2||0||0||0|
|Brittany Houston (FUR)||3||0||2||0||0||0|
|Emma Ogburn (FUR)||3||0||2||0||0||0|
|Mykeah Johnson (ETSU)||2||1||2||0||1||0|
|Taylor Carter (ETSU)||3||1||2||1||0||1|
|April 30, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Madison Ogle (10-12)||3.2||7||2||2||0||1|
|Loss: Lindsey Bert (17-10)||3.2||7||7||3||2||1|
|Lindsey Bert (FUR)||4||0||2||0||0||0|
|Brittany Houston (FUR)||3||1||2||0||0||0|
|Danielle Knoetze (ETSU)||4||0||4||5||0||0|
JOHNSON CITY. Tenn. (April 27, 2017) – A lot is at stake this weekend as the ETSU softball team plays its final home games of the regular season.
The Buccaneers – who will honor seven seniors on Sunday – battle for the right to take over first-place in the Southern Conference standings as ETSU hosts league-leading Furman in a three-game series starting Saturday afternoon at Betty Basler Field.
Saturday’s doubleheader is set for 1 p.m., as the Blue and Gold enter the weekend one-game back of Furman. Sunday’s series finale is also scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, while the senior class will be honored with a pregame ceremony prior to first pitch.
GAME ONE (Saturday, April 29) – ETSU vs. Furman, 1 p.m. – Live Stats
GAME TWO (Saturday, April 29) – ETSU vs. Furman, 3 p.m. – Live Stats
GAME THREE (Sunday, April 30) – ETSU vs. Furman, 1 p.m. – Live Stats
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU – who is having one of its best seasons in recent history – posted its 22nd win on Wednesday at Morehead State, which marks the most victories since 2009 when the Bucs won 27 contests … Overall, the Bucs enter the weekend at 22-21 overall and 7-4 in the SoCon.
The Bucs control their own destiny to win their first-ever regular season conference championship as ETSU takes on league-leading Furman this weekend and end the year with a three-game series at UNCG next week … The Bucs and Spartans are tied for second in the conference standings.
Offensively, ETSU is led by its three power hitters in Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.), Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.) and Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.) as the trio are all hitting above .300 … Laughren leads the team in batting average (.382), doubles (15), and on-base percentage (.483), while Knoetze tops the team in hits (51), home runs (10), RBI (32) and slugging percentage (.696) and Carter is hitting a team-best .382 (13-for-34) in SoCon games … Carter has hit safely in her last seven conference games, while Knoetze has accomplished the feat in her last five and has homered in her last two SoCon affairs.
Laughren enters the weekend needing three doubles to tie Janine Sprague’s single-season record of 18, which was set in 2004, while Laughren’s .483 on-base clip tops all single-season Buccaneer leaders … Carter – who has played in 178 of the possible 183 over her four-year career – is three home runs shy of tying Jackie Baird’s mark of 33, which was set in 2014 … Knoetze’s 10 home runs rank fourth-most in single-season history, while she’s three shy of moving into second.
Knoetze leads the SoCon in home runs, slugging percentage and total bases (94) … Laughren is tied for the league lead in doubles and senior Mykeah Johnson (Cohutta, Ga.) leads in walks (30) … Furthermore, Laughren (3rd, .382), Knoetze (4th, .378) and Carter (7th, .339) are all among the top-10 conference leaders batting average.
As a team, the Bucs set a new single-season record for walks on Wednesday at Morehead State … Following the four walks in the doubleheader, ETSU moved its season total to 143, which surpassed the 140 mark back in 2002 … The Blue and Gold need five doubles to break the current record of 75, which was also set in 2002, while the Bucs are on pace to break single-season records in batting average and on-base percentage … ETSU enters the weekend with a .280 batting average and a .368 on-base clip, while the current records are .280 for batting average (2007) and .340 (2007) … In the circle, the Bucs are one save shy of tying the single-season record of 11 – set last season.
In the circle, Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) and Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) have combined for six of ETSU’s seven wins in conference play … Ogle – who has allowed two earned runs or less in 14 of her 25 appearances – leads the team in ERA (3.51), wins (9), complete games (9), IP (115.2) and strikeouts (81) … Fadnek has won her last three decisions and is 3-1 with a 1.25 ERA (5 ER/28.0 IP) and one save in five appearances (four starts) in conference play.
This weekend marks the final home games for seven seniors as Brooke Baxter (Jasper, Tenn.), Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.), Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.), Sharlene Godoy (La Peunte, Calif.), Mykeah Johnson (Cohutta, Ga.), Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.) and Rebecca Wahrmund (Morrilton, Ark.) will be recognized pregame on Sunday … These seven seniors have combined to play in over 600 games in the Blue and Gold.
Furman has won 12 of its last 14 games and enters the weekend at 28-18 overall and 8-3 in the conference.
The Paladins are led by Preseason SoCon Pitcher of the Year Lindsey Bert … The junior left-hander is 16-9 with a 1.88 ERA (44 ER/164.0 IP) and has totaled nine shutouts and 168 strikeouts in 29 appearances (25 starts) … Bert is also hitting .275 (28-for-102) with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 16 RBI … Joining Bert in the circle is sophomore righty Emily Demonte as she’s 9-9 with a 3.19 ERA (51 ER/112.0 IP) with two shutouts and 79 strikeouts in 22 appearances (19 starts).
Bert leads the SoCon in ERA, opposing batting average against (.199), innings pitched, strikeouts and wins, while Demonte is fifth in ERA and innings pitched, ninth in opposing batting average against (.273), sixth in strikeouts and eighth in fewest runs allowed (64).
As a team, Furman leads the SoCon in ERA (2.54), opposing batting average (.231), strikeouts (263), and wins (28).
Offensively, the Paladins are led by junior shortstop Brittany Houston leads the team in batting average (.322), while Caroline Cash has a team-best 43 hits and 21 runs, and AnnaRose Borrelli paces the club in home runs (7) and RBI (26) … Cash also leads the team with 13 stolen bases.
Furman has held its opponents to three runs or less in 28 of its 46 games, while the Paladins are holding the opposition to 2.7 runs per game in SoCon play.
The Paladins have 13 wins away from Greenville and are 5-1 on the road in the SoCon this season.
The Bucs lead the all-time series, 23-16, and won last year’s series in Greenville.
Last season, ETSU belted six home runs in the first two games en route to defeating Furman 7-4 in game one and 9-4 in game two … Carter and Knoetze combined to go 9-for-21 (.429) with three home runs, seven runs and 10 RBI, while Fadnek went 1-0 with a 2.62 ERA (3 ER/8.0 IP) and a save in three appearances (one start).
In six career games, Carter is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with one double, two home runs, four runs and nine RBI against Furman, while Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.) is 4-for-12 with one double, one home run, two runs, three RBI in five games against the Paladins.
Live stats will be available for all three games via StatBroadcast by visiting BucsStats.com.
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.