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Win: Kelly Schmidt (1-1) 5.010001
Loss: Crow (0-3) 2.033311
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Win: BIGGERSTAFF (2-0) 7.0200212
Loss: Madison Ogle (2-2) 6.094212
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Schmidt shuts down Colgate; Bucs fall to USC Upstate
Sophomore Kelly Schmidt tossed a one-hit shutout to left ETSU to a 10-0 win over Colgate on Sunday.
Schmidt shuts down Colgate; Bucs fall to USC Upstate
Sunday, February 18, 2018

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 18, 2018) – Sophomore right-hander Kelly Schmidt (Norcross, Ga.) tossed her first collegiate complete game shutout to direct the ETSU softball team to a 10-0 five-inning win over Colgate in the Bucs’ first game of the Upstate Classic on Sunday afternoon at Cyrill Stadium. However, the Blue and Gold were blanked in the nightcap as tournament host USC Upstate defeated ETSU, 4-0.

Following the split, ETSU moved to 3-4.

ETSU returns to action this weekend as the Bucs head to Athens for the Georgia Classic. The Blue and Gold open with Gardner-Webb Friday at 3:30 p.m.

COLGATE RECAP

Kelly Schmidt tossed five scoreless innings, while Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) and Julia Fritz (Glen Allen, Va.) both belted home runs en route to guiding the Buccaneers to a 10-0 five-inning win over Colgate.

Schmidt (1-1) – who issued a two-out single in the bottom of the first – retired the final 13 hitters she faced to earn the win. The sophomore right-hander recorded one strike out and issued zero walks, while totaling just 52 pitches.

Offensively, the Blue and Gold registered double-digit hits for the third time this season after posting 11 base knocks. The freshmen trio of Lauren Lee (Cleveland, Tenn.), Kelly Warren (Mechanicsville, Va.) and Fritz ignited the offensive attack as they combined for seven hits, six runs and six RBI. Lee went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Warren totaled two hits and scored two runs and Fritz went 2-for-3 with three runs and five RBI.

ETSU scored at least one run in each of its final four innings and got on the board with Laughren’s leadoff home run in the top of the second.

With Schmidt silencing the Colgate offense, the one run would have held up, but for good measure the Bucs added two runs in the third, three more in the fourth and four in the fifth to secure the run-rule victory.

Sophomore Kylie Toler (Bradenton, Fla.) used key two-out hitting to add to the Buccaneer lead in the third when her single to left field brought home Laughren and Fritz to push ETSU’s advantage to, 3-0.

Fritz came through with a two-run scoring single an inning later, while Toler worked a bases loaded walk to push the Bucs’ lead to, 6-0.

The Blue and Gold capped off the scoring in the fifth when Lee singled home Renae Spears (Memphis, Tenn.) and Fritz’s three-run blast down the right field line made it a 10-0 game.

Bella Crow got the starting nod for Colgate and picked up the loss (0-3) as she issued three runs on three hits in two innings of work, while all-conference selection Holly Geranen reached on a two-out single in the bottom of the first, marking the only Raider base runner.

Colgate dipped to 0-5 following the setback.

USC UPSTATE RECAP

USC Upstate’s Christina Biggerstaff recorded a two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and Elisa Cecchetti drove in three runs as the Spartans secured a 4-0 win over ETSU on Sunday.

Lauren Lee and Kelley Warren accounted for the two Buccaneer hits, while Julia Fritz and Tiffany Laughren both worked first-inning walks. Lee and Warren both stole a base in the game, which moved the Bucs’ season total to a perfect 7-for-7, eclipsing last year’s total of six.

Senior Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) suffered the loss as she was charged with four runs (two earned) on nine hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Biggerstaff – an Oklahoma State transfer – improved to 2-0 after tossing her second shutout of the season.

After the Bucs left two runners stranded in the top of the first, the Spartans took advantage of the first of two throwing errors by Ogle to go up 1-0 in the bottom of the inning. Following a leadoff walk to Kendsey Chappelear, Ansley Gilstrap laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached base after Ogle’s throw to first was high – allowing both runners to move into scoring position. From there, Ogle settled down and limited the damage to the one run as Chappelear came home on Logan Morris’ sacrifice fly to center.

The Bucs put the tying run on in the third when Warren led off with single to the pitcher and stole second; however, aggressive base running led to a double play after Lee grounded out to third and Warren was thrown out at third as she tried to advance on the throw.

Leadoff hits continued to haunt the Blue and Gold in the bottom of the fourth as the Spartans opened the inning with a double and extended their lead to 2-0 when Brittany Case scored on Cecchetti’s RBI single to center. Again, the Buccaneer defense came through as USC Upstate had runners on the corners with one out when they called for a double steal and ETSU executed by gunning down the lead runner at the plate to keep it a two-run game.

Unfortunately, the Buccaneer offense was held in check and USC Upstate pushed across two insurance runs in the sixth to make it a 4-0 final.

The Spartans put the lead off runner on in five of the six innings and scored in three of those five innings.

USC Upstate – who is receiving votes in the top-25 – improved to 7-0.

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