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Win: Bazonski (17-13) 7.092163
Loss: Lindsey Fadnek (7-4) 6.054425
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Kelsey Smith (ETSU) 414000
Cubbage (UNCG) 302100
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Rebecca Wahrmund (2-1) 2.244313
Loss: Bouplon (8-6) 0.255520
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) 414311
Palmer (UNCG) 402000
Overdiep (UNCG) 312000
Grkman (UNCG) 422201
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Bazonski (18-13) 7.092211
Loss: Lindsey Fadnek (7-5) 2.244442
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Mykeah Johnson (ETSU) 402000
Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) 302200
Taylor Carter (ETSU) 302000
Kylie Toler (ETSU) 302000
Palmer (UNCG) 412000
Cubbage (UNCG) 422301
Bucs look to claim SoCon regular season championship this weekend in Greensboro
Bucs look to claim SoCon regular season championship this weekend in Greensboro
Friday, May 5, 2017

ETSU has chance to earn first conference title in program history

GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 5, 2017) – The ETSU softball team will look to make history this weekend as the Buccaneers open a three-game Southern Conference series at UNCG on Saturday. 

ETSU can claim its first regular season conference championship in program history with a sweep over the Spartans (or a series win and one Samford loss) at UNCG Softball Stadium. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s regular season finale is slated for 1 p.m. 

SERIES SCHEDULE

GAME ONE (Saturday, May 6) – ETSU at UNCG, 1 p.m. – Live Stats / Live Video

GAME TWO (Saturday, May 6) – ETSU at UNCG, 3 p.m. – Live Stats / Live Video

GAME THREE (Sunday, May 7) – ETSU at UNCG, 1 p.m. – Live Stats / Live Video 

ABOUT THE BUCS

ETSU set itself up for a chance to claim the SoCon regular season title by taking two of three last weekend over Furman, which moved the Blue and Gold to 24-22 overall and 9-5 in the conference. 

The Bucs – whose 24 wins are the most since 2009 when ETSU won 27 games – would earn the No. 1 seed in next week’s SoCon Championship if one of these two scenarios play out: 1.) Sweep UNCG this weekend; 2.) Win two of the three games this weekend at UNCG and have Samford lose one of its three games at Western Carolina. 

Senior outfielder Mykeah Johnson (Cohutta, Ga.) has reached base safely in her last 11 games, marking the longest streak of her collegiate career … Last week, Johnson hit .462 (6-for-13) with one double, two RBI, six runs and five walks … Johnson – who has 34 walks on the season – leads the SoCon in that category, while it also marks a new single-season program record. 

Senior Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) lead the Blue and Gold with 15 doubles, which ranks second in ETSU single-season history … The Buccaneer duo need three doubles to tie Janine Sprague (2004) for the program record. 

Knoetze leads the team in average (.384), hits (56), home runs (10), RBI (37) and slugging percentage (.692) … The Buccaneer slugger leads the SoCon in home runs and slugging percentage, ranks second in doubles, third in RBI, fourth in hits and average, sixth in on-base percentage (.427) and seventh in runs (30) … Knoetze needs four hits to tie Lindsay Lane (2004) for the fifth-most hits in Buccaneer single-season history. 

Fellow senior Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.) carries a streak into this weekend’s series as she has reached base in her last 10 SoCon games … Overall, Carter leads the Bucs with a .381 (16-for-42) batting average in conference games … Carter enters the weekend needing two home runs to tie Jackie Baird’s program record of 33. 

In the circle, Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) and Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) both have four wins against conference opponents, while the Buccaneer pitching staff is 9-5 with a 2.80 ERA (38 ER/95.0 IP) with five saves in SoCon games … Fadnek is 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA (9 ER/36.1 IP) in seven appearances (six starts) in conference games, while Sharlene Godoy (La Puente, Calif.) and Rebecca Wahrmund (Morrilton, Ark.) have combined for a 0.70 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP) with four saves in SoCon games this season. 

As a team, ETSU enters the weekend needing three doubles to break the single-season program record of 75 set back in 2002, while only needing one save to break the single-season mark … The last two seasons the Bucs have totaled 22 saves (11 in back-to-back years). 

As a team, the Blue and Gold rank ninth in the country in doubles per game (1.59), while Knoetze ranks 23rd in doubles per game (0.33) and Laughren ranks 29th … Johnson ranks 31st in walks per game (0.74) and Wahrmund ranks 34th in saves (3). 

The Bucs have three series wins this season as ETSU swept Chattanooga, while taking two of three from Mercer and Furman … In those nine games, five Buccaneers are hitting over .300 with Knoetze (.414) and Carter (.407) hitting over the .400 mark … Johnson is hitting .385 (10-for-26) with eight walks and nine runs, while registering a .543 on-base percentage … Grupp and Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.) are both hitting .333 in the Bucs’ series wins … Fadnek is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA (6 ER/23.1 IP) with one save in five appearances (four starts) in the series win. 

In the Bucs’ first five SoCon series, the Blue and Gold are 5-0 in the series finale … ETSU is outscoring the opposition 29-12 in these games, while the Buccaneer hurlers have totaled a 2.00 ERA (10 ER/35.0 IP) in the five games … Ogle is 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA (6 ER/17.2 IP) with six strikeouts to one walk in four appearances (three starts), while Fadnek is 1-0 with a 1.14 ERA (2 ER/12.1 IP) and one save in three appearances (two starts). 

ABOUT UNCG

UNCG is coming off a series win at Chattanooga last weekend and enters the weekend at 26-21 overall, 9-5 in SoCon play. 

Despite hitting a SoCon-low .258 on the season, UNCG leads the conference in home runs (53), RBI (219), runs scored (242), on-base percentage (.378), slugging percentage (.454), walks (168) and hit by pitch (63). 

Six Spartans have hit at least six home runs with Jordan Gontram leading the team at nine, but posting a .198 batting average (22-for-111) … Marisa Sholtes leads the team with a .347 batting average (25-for-72), while Gabrielle Cubbage paces the Spartans in hits (41), doubles (12) and RBI (34) … Jasmine Palmer has reached base 87 times this season – 32 hits, 29 walks and 20 hit by pitch … Sholtes has eight home runs, Palmer has belted seven and Cubbage has totaled six homers on the year. 

UNCG ranks eighth nationally in home runs per game (1.13), while Palmer is the national leader in hit by pitches per game (0.48). 

The Spartans have been held without a home run 17 times this season … UNCG is 4-13 in those contests … The Spartans are 20-1 when scoring at least six runs, while going 6-20 when score five runs or less. 

Junior right-hander Alicia Bazonski earned SoCon Preseason Pitcher of the Year honors … Bazonski is 16-13 with a 3.45 ERA (85 ER/172.2 IP) in 35 appearances (29 starts) … As a staff, the Spartans have a 4.06 ERA (173 ER/298. 1IP) and are allowing opponents to hit .285. 

SERIES HISTORY

UNCG leads the all-time series, 19-6, while the Spartans have won 14 of the last 16 meetings. 

The Bucs have lost eight of their 10 regular season games in Greensboro, while ETSU’s last win at UNCG was back on March 16, 2002.

Knoetze is 13-for-37 (.351) with four home runs and seven RBI in 11 career games against the Spartans, while Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) is hitting .306 (11-for-36) in 12 career games against UNCG … Lindsey Fadnek is 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA and 16 strikeouts in four career appearances versus the Spartans, while holding them to a .222 batting average. 

COVERAGE

Live stats and live video will be available for all three games this weekend … Saturday’s doubleheader will be streamed live on YouTube, while Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 … Please click the links above to access live stats and live video. 

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.