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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 7, 2007) - After tallying 23 runs on 22 hits on Friday, the ETSU softball team improved those numbers by recording 25 runs on 25 hits in a critical Atlantic Sun sweep over Lipscomb Saturday afternoon. The Bucs took game one, 12-0, as seniors Stephanie Gaynord (
The Bucs have now won four straight games as they have scored 48 runs on 47 hits over this stretch, and improved to 20-20, 7-3 in the Atlantic Sun; however, more importantly they knocked Lipscomb (22-18-1, 7-4-1) out of first place and trail Kennesaw State by only a half game in the conference standings. ETSU set a new school records by posting 48 runs and 47 hits during the four-game stretch.
With the frigid temperatures rolling across the region the Bucs wanted to make quick work of their opponent and that is exactly what they did as they scored 10 runs in the third, and pushed two more across the plate an inning later in game one.
Freshman Cheniece Cason (
The Bucs tacked two more runs on the board in the fourth when Burnette made her Senior Day memorable, by belting her first-ever home run at ETSU. Burnette pinch hit for Zyskowski and sent one flying over the left field fence, making it 12-0.
Vercoe (10-9) had the Bisons hitters fooled all afternoon as she posted her team-leading fourth shutout of the season, allowing only five hits in five innings.
ETSU wasted no time getting on the board in the second game, as Gaynord led off the bottom half of the first with a homer over the center field fence. The Bucs plated another run in the fame when Haverman doubled home Jett from second, giving ETSU an early 2-0 lead.
In the second, four of the first five Buccaneer batters posted a hit, which led to three runs crossing the plate. An RBI double by Cason scored ETSU's first run and Jessie Hackworth's (
After plating two more runs in the third, ETSU opened the game up by scoring six times in the fourth. Knight drove in the first run of the inning with her sacrifice fly to center, scoring Vercoe, while Dez Franklin (
Lipscomb scored its only run of the afternoon when Abby Keese recorded her 11th home run of the season. The pitch was the only error freshman Darci Gilbert (
A day after Gaynord went a perfect 6-for-6; (Jessie) Hackworth accomplished the same task on Saturday. As a team, ETSU hit .510 (25-49) with six doubles and four home runs against Lipscomb, and over the four-game outburst the Bucs hit .470 (47-100) with six doubles, one triple and 11 home runs.
The Bucs will look to carry their momentum with them to