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Win: Madison Ogle (3-2) 4.020012
Loss: MYERS (3-3) 2.066400
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ALMOND (GWU-SB) 301000
BOOTH (GWU-SB) 301000
WACASTER (GWU-SB) 301000
Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) 322202
Kelly Warren (ETSU) 212100
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Win: Berouty (4-1) 7.062130
Loss: Kelly Schmidt (1-2) 4.065512
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Lauren Lee (ETSU) 301000
Julia Fritz (ETSU) 411000
Nikki Grupp (ETSU) 311110
Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) 301100
Vanessa Elliott (ETSU) 301000
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Laughren blasts Bucs past Gardner-Webb; ETSU falls to College of Charleston
Junior Tiffany Laughren belted two home runs in ETSU's 8-0 win over Gardner-Webb on Friday.
Laughren blasts Bucs past Gardner-Webb; ETSU falls to College of Charleston
Friday, February 23, 2018

Laughren belts two homers in 8-0 five-inning win over Bulldogs; Grupp extends on-base streak to 17 straight games

ATHENS, Ga. (Feb. 23, 2018) – Junior outfielder Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) recorded the first multi-homer game of her collegiate career, while senior Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) pitched four scoreless innings to help guide the ETSU softball team to an 8-0 five-inning win over Gardner-Webb in the opening game of the Georgia Classic on Friday morning from Jack Turner Stadium. The Bucs were unable to make it a sweep as ETSU dropped an 8-2 decision to College of Charleston in the nightcap.

Following the win over Gardner-Webb, head coach Brad Irwin became the all-time winningest coach in program history.

After recording hits in both games on Friday, sophomore Nikki Grupp (Jacksonville, Fla.) extended her on-base streak to 17 straight games, while Laughren has reached base in her first nine games of the season. In addition, a pair of Buccaneer freshmen also extended personal streaks with Lauren Lee (Cleveland, Tenn.) hitting safely in six consecutive games and Kelly Warren (Mechanicsville, Va.) extending her hit streak to five straight games.

As a team, the Bucs stole four more bases on Friday and are now 11-of-11 on the year. Warren is 4-of-4 and Lee has been successful in her first three attempts. Following the two-home run game by Laughren, it marked the 22nd time in program history that a Buccaneer player has been able to accomplish the feat.

With the split, ETSU moved to 4-5 after its first nine games of the season, while the Buccaneer pitching staff recorded their second shutout of the campaign in the win over the Bulldogs.

GARDNER-WEBB RECAP

The Buccaneers used a strong dose of balanced hitting and pitching to cruise to an 8-0 five-inning win over Gardner-Webb in game one of the Georgia Classic.

Seven ETSU hitters accounted for its nine hits, including Tiffany Laughren setting a career high with a two-home run game, while Madison Ogle tossed four scoreless innings to earn the win. Laughren belted solo home runs in the first and fourth innings en route to the Blue and Gold scoring runs in each frame, including plating six total runs in the first two innings.

Lauren Lee set the tone at the top of the lineup as she recorded an infield single and scored a pair of runs, while freshman Kelly Warren recorded two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Junior newcomer Vanessa Elliott (Johnson City, Tenn.) also ripped her first home run as a Buccaneer to spark the four-run second inning. Nikki Grupp extended her on-base streak with a two-out RBI single in the second.

Like they have done all season, the Bucs were clutch with two-outs as they recorded five hits and drove in four runs in those clutch situations on Friday morning.

Ogle improved to 3-2 following the win as she registered 64 pitches in four innings of work. The Buccaneer senior right-hander retired nine of the first 10 hitters she faced and worked out of a jam in the fourth inning. After surrendering a pair of leadoff singles, Ogle retired the next three hitters she faced to keep the shutout intact.

Ogle was joined by Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.) and Marissa Honeycutt (Kingsport, Tenn.) to combine for the Bucs’ second shutout of the season. Smith walked a pair of hitters to start the fifth, while Honeycutt recorded the final three outs to work out of a bases loaded jam to end the game.

Gardner-Webb – who had scored 48 total runs during its four-game win streak – moved to 9-5 following the set back.

Laken Myers suffered the loss (3-3) as she was tagged for six runs (four earned) on six hits in two innings of work.

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON RECAP

Despite jumping out to an early lead, the ETSU softball team was unable to build on the momentum as College of Charleston plated three runs in the second inning and never relinquished its lead en route to defeating the Bucs, 8-2.

Tiffany Laughren and Nikki Grupp provided the Bucs with the RBI hits, while sophomore Kelly Schmidt (Norcross, Ga.) suffered the loss (1-2) as she issued five runs on six hits in four innings of work. After tossing a scoreless inning in game one, Marissa Honeycutt allowed three runs on six hits with three walks in three innings of relief.

After a two-out opposite field double to right-center by Tiffany Laughren gave the Blue and Gold the 1-0 lead, the Cougars responded with three runs in the second to go ahead, 3-1. Taylor Belfiore led off with a home run to left, while Kelly Sinclair followed with an RBI single and Dexlie Inman capped off the inning with a RBI double to left-center.

ETSU fought back when Nikki Grupp came through with a two-out RBI double to left, which pulled the Bucs within a run; however, Charleston answered with two runs in the fourth, a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a commanding six-run lead.

The Bucs put two runners on in the seventh when Kelly Warren and Julia Fritz both reached via singles, but Izzy Berouty got out of trouble when she forced Grupp into a game-ending groundout to third.

Berouty earned the win (4-1) after allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in seven innings with three walks and zero strikeouts.

Eight different players posted hits for the Cougars with Sinclair going 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI, while Belfiore belted the tying home run in the second. Gracyn Thrasher and Inman combined to go 4-for-7 with three RBI, while batting in the No. 8 and 9 slots of the order.

The Bucs wrap up play at the Georgia Classic on Saturday as ETSU takes on Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. and concludes with No. 14 Georgia at 6 p.m.

For more information on Buccaneer softball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the softball page.