MARTIN, Tenn. (Feb. 21, 2004) -- East Tennessee State (3-2) opened day one at the UT-Martin Econo-Lodge Tournament Saturday with a 7-0 victory over St. Louis, but suffered a pair of set backs to host UTM and Indiana State each by a score of 3-2 at the Martin Recreation Complex in Martin, Tenn.
Senior Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) hurled a two-hit shutout and improved to 2-0 on the mound, as the Buccaneers easily got past St. Louis in the tournament opener. McVay pitched all seven innings. She walked two and struck out two.
ETSU busted out for three runs in the top of the third inning and added two more runs in the fifth. Outfielder Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) led the Buccaneer offense with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate. Juniors Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.) and Mary Beth Hazelwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) each went 2-for-4 with a double. Lane also drove in three runs.
In game two, UT-Martin broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning to take 1-0 lead. ETSU retaliated with two runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead, but the Skyhawks had the last word with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh off of Buccaneer pitcher Belinda Barrera (Fayetteville, N.C.). Barrera (1-1), a sophomore transfer from Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla., pitched her second great outing of the season. In 6.2 innings of work, she surrendered just five hits and struck out eight batters. McVay, who made the start in rightfield, tallied a pair of base hits, including a double and an RBI, in three at bats.
The Buccaneers found themselves in an early hole versus Indiana State in the third game. The Sycamores took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, scoring a pair of runs off of ETSU starter Courtney Jenkins (Knoxville, Tenn.). Jenkins settled down after the first frame and the Buccaneers tied it up on McVay's two-run homer in the top of the third. The score remained knotted until the bottom of the seventh, when Jenkins gave up a leadoff triple to the Sycamores' Melissa Biniewicz. Barrera then came in to relieve Jenkins and Biniewicz scored the game-winner on a sacrifice fly by Stephanie Spychaj.
East Tennessee State will wrap up tournament play tomorrow with a game versus IUPU-Fort Wayne at 10 a.m. followed by a 12:30 contest against Oakland University.