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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Madison Ogle (10-13) 7.020039
Loss: Kinsey Liscio (5-10) 5.074330
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Erica Hayes (WCU) 301000
Madison Armstrong (WCU) 201010
Kelly Warren (ETSU) 212200
Taylor Wright (ETSU) 402200
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Kelly Schmidt (4-7) 6.051113
Loss: Kinsey Liscio (5-11) 5.293302
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Erica Hayes (WCU) 302100
Lauren Lee (ETSU) 302000
Bucs look to finish regular season on positive note
ETSU softball wraps up regular season play this weekend at home against Western Carolina.
Bucs look to finish regular season on positive note
Friday, May 4, 2018

ETSU hosts Western Carolina in regular season finale

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 4, 2018) – The ETSU softball team will look to end the regular season on a positive note, as the Buccaneers host Western Carolina this weekend at Betty Basler Field. The teams will be play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s finale is also scheduled for 1 p.m. 

ABOUT THE BUCS

This weekend marks the final home games for six Buccaneers as Kelsey Chernak (Ooltewah, Tenn.), Emma  Martindale (Johnson City, Tenn.), Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.), Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.), Cassi Pickett (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Kendra Roberts (Marietta, S.C.) will be honored in Sunday’s pregame Senior Day festivities. 

ETSU snapped its 12-game losing skid with an 8-3 victory over Chattanooga last Sunday as the Bucs moved to 14-25, 2-11 on the season. 

Seven of the Bucs’ eight runs scored came via two outs in last Sunday’s win, while the Blue and Gold have scored 53 two-out runs this season …Taylor Wright (Erwin, Tenn.) leads the team with 10 two-out RBI and Vanessa Elliott (Johnson City, Tenn.) has nine, including a team-best 13 two-out hits. 

Wright is hitting .588 (20-for-34) with two doubles, five home runs and 17 RBI in the Bucs’ wins this season, while Kelly Warren (Mechanicsville, Va.) is 16-for-26 with 10 runs scored and is 10-for-11 in stolen bases in ETSU’s wins. 

Madison Ogle has a 1.06 ERA (8 ER/52.2 IP) with 37 strikeouts, while limiting opponents to a .176 batting average in her 10 appearances when the Bucs win … Overall, Ogle ranks fifth in program history in strikeouts (261) and starts (68), sixth in appearances (98), saves (4) and innings (410.0) and eighth in shutouts (4). 

The Bucs will be wearing green ribbons this weekend to show their support for friend Taylor Dockins. Dockins is a freshman pitcher at Cal State Fullerton and has been battling cancer since 2016. In 2016, doctors found a softball-size mass on her liver, and after having it removed, three new spots appeared on her liver one year later. Dockins is going through chemotherapy to remove those tumors. (Courtsey of OC Register.Com). 

ABOUT WESTERN CAROLINA

Western Carolina has dropped seven of its last eight games and enters the weekend at 15-33, 2-13. 

The Catamounts are led by Ashlyn Long as she’s hitting .310 with seven doubles, eight home runs, 32 runs and 25 RBI, while Hunter Gibbons leads the team in home runs (11) and RBI 27). 

Four different pitchers have accounted for at least one win in the circle with Haley Brogden and Kinsey Liscio both posting five wins. 

Western Carolina is being outscored 289-166, including 45-1 in the second inning this season. 

Ninety-four of the Catamounts’ 274 hits have gone for extra bases – 49 doubles, three triples and 42 home runs … Western Carolina ranks third in the SoCon in home runs. 

SERIES HISTORY

ETSU has won three of the last four games and leads the all-time series, 17-10. 

The teams split a doubleheader in last year’s regular season shortened series in Cullowhee, as Western Carolina won game one, 8-3, while the Bucs answered with a 3-1 victory in the nightcap … ETSU then defeated the Catamounts, 7-0, in the first game of the SoCon Championship.   

Since the Bucs rejoined the SoCon in 2015, the teams have played nine times with them totaling 104 runs on 173 hits in those contests … The Catamounts hold a slight 5-4 lead since 2015. 

In the last series played in Johnson City back in 2016, the teams combined for 40 runs on 60 hits – including 13 home runs. 

The teams have played at least one extra-inning game in two of the last three series as ETSU won 8-7 in nine innings in series finale back in 2016, while also winning a 12-10 (12-innings) decision in 2015 …  In 2015, the game was tied at 1-1 after seven complete innings; however, the teams combined for 20 runs on 20 hits in extra-innings … Both teams scored a run in the eighth, four in the ninth, a run in the 10th, three in the 11th and the Bucs plated two in the 12th. 

COVERAGE

This weekend’s series will be video streamed on the SoCon Digital Network with Mike Gallagher on the call … Live stats for all three games will be provided via StatBroadcast

Twitter updates will be available via @ETSUSoftball

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