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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 28, 2007) - After picking up two important wins over Campbell last night in Buies Creek, N.C., the ETSU softball team did not have much time to relax as they split with old SoCon foe Appalachian State Wednesday afternoon at Metro-Kiwanis Park. The Bucs dropped game one, 5-1, but bounced back nicely and took game two, 2-1.
ETSU has won six of its last eight games and stands at 16-16 overall, while Appalachian State moves to 9-21.
The second game featured a pitchers duel as freshman Darci Gilbert (
After three and a half scoreless innings, ETSU's bats made some noise as they plated its only two runs in the fourth. Freshman Katy Jett (
The Mountaineers would cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth, when Diana Cook's two out double scored Lindsay Glover from second. However, Glover ended up being the eighth stranded Appalachian State runner in the game after Gilbert forced Kristyn Hurt to fly out to right. From there Gilbert cruised to her third straight win as she retired five of the last six batters she faced. With the win, Gilbert improved to 7-9 in her rookie season, and she has allowed only three runs over her last 19.0 innings. Appalachian State left nine runners stranded in the loss, by leaving the left the bases loaded in the second and fourth.
In game one, Appalachian State took advantage of two Stephanie Gaynord (
Appalachian State pushed one more across the plate in the fifth, and led to Vercoe's departure as freshman Marissa Hardy (
Vercoe suffered only her second loss in her last eight starts as she allowed five runs (one earned) on nine hits over 3.0 innings, while Moose went the distance for her sixth win of the season.
The Bucs will now have one day off before heading to