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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Madison Ogle (11-13) 7.051146
Loss: Lindsey Bert (25-9) 7.064409
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Lauren Lee (ETSU) 403000
Lauren Duggar (FUR) 401000
Casey Bigham (FUR) 211111
Lindsey Bert (FUR) 301010
Hannah Reynolds (FUR) 301000
Emma Ogburn (FUR) 201010
Bucs begin run for second straight SoCon title on Wednesday
Bucs begin run for second straight SoCon title on Wednesday
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

ETSU looking to become third team in SoCon history to win back-to-back championships 

GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 8,  2018) – A year after winning its first ever Southern Conference Championship, the ETSU softball team will now look to join an elite group of those to repeat as conference tournament champions. 

The Bucs can join Chattanooga and Georgia Southern as the only teams to repeat as SoCon Tournament champions this week as ETSU begins defense of its title on Wednesday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C. The sixth-seeded Buccaneers open tournament play against third-seeded Furman at 3 p.m. from UNCG Softball Stadium.

ABOUT THE BUCS

ETSU enters the tournament with the longest win streak among SoCon teams as the Buccaneers have won three straight and sit 16-25, 4-11 on the season … The Bucs defeated Chattanooga (8-3) back on April 29, while winning a rain-shortened series versus Western Carolina this past weekend.

Over this three game stretch, the Bucs are outscoring its opponents 17-4, while hitting .346 (28-for-81) with four doubles and two home runs … The Buccaneer pitchers are holding the opposition to a .178 batting average (13-for-73), while posting a 1.05 ERA (3 ER/20.0 IP) with one shutout … Kelly Warren (Mechanicsville, Va.) is 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored over this stretch, while Vanessa Elliott (Johnson City, Tenn.)is hitting .556 (5-for-9) and Taylor Wright (Erwin, Tenn.)is hitting .545 (6-for-11) … Elliott and Wright have combined for two doubles, two home runs, four runs and 10 RBI … Meanwhile, Kelly Schmidt (Norcross, Ga.)is 2-0 with a 1.97 ERA (3 ER/10.2 IP) in two starts, while Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.)is 1-0 with one save and 9.1 scoreless innings during her two appearances (one start).

Five Buccaneers earned postseason SoCon honors on Tuesday as Wright and Elliott received second team all-conference accolades, while Warren, Lauren Lee (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Julia Fritz (Glen Allen, Va.)were placed on the all-freshman team. 

Warren has hit safely in last four games, while red-shirt senior shortstop Kelsey Chernak (Ooltewah, Tenn.)has reached base in her last six contests.

The Bucs are 15-3 this season when out-hitting the opponents, while going 14-8 when scoring first … ETSU has hit at least one home run in 16 games this season with the Blue and Gold gong 13-3 in those contests.

ABOUT FURMAN

Furman has won 14 of its last 17 games and enters the tournament at 38-13, 10-6.

The Paladins’ 38 wins are the third-most in program history, along with marking the most since posting 40 in 1993.

Furman is led by two-time defending SoCon Pitcher of the Year Lindsey Bert … Bert, a senior left hander, is 25-8 with a 1.58 ERA (52 ER/230.0 IP) and four saves in 38 appearances (33 starts) … Bert is the NCAA leader in strikeouts (317) and shutouts (12) this season … Bert is also hitting .275 (41-for-149) with 15 doubles, seven home runs, 19 walks, 20 runs and 30 RBI.

Senior first baseman AnnaRose Borrelli leads the team in average (.289), home runs (12) and RBI (41), while Lauren Duggar (26 steals) and Caroline Cash (20 steals) have accounted for 46 of Furman’s 76 stolen bases.

The Paladins’ pitching staff has held opponents to three runs or less in 17 of their last 19 games, including shutting out the opposition in seven of those contests.

SERIES HISTORY

Despite being swept by Furman last month in Greenville, the Bucs still lead the all-time series, 25-20.

ETSU took two of three from the Paladins last season in Johnson City, while Furman has won the two previous meetings in the conference tournament – both being one-run setbacks in 2002 and 2005.

Nikki Grupp (Jacksonville, Fla.) is hitting .316 in six career games against the Paladins as the Buccaneer sophomore third baseman is 6-for-19 with one double, one home run, two RBI and four runs scored against the Paladins … Senior Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.)is also 6-for-19 with one double, one home run, three runs and four RBI in eight career games.

COVERAGE

Wednesday’s game will be video streamed on the SoCon Digital Network, while live stats will be provided via StatBroadcast.

Twitter updates will also be provided by following @ETSUSoftball.

Click herefor additional information regarding the 2018 SoCon Softball Championship.

UP NEXT

The winner of ETSU-Furman faces the winner of Mercer-Western Carolina Thursday at 3 p.m., while the two losing teams square off in an elimination game Thursday at 10 a.m.

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