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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2008) - For the second straight day the ETSU softball dropped a pair of games at the Cox Communications Classic as they fell to 11th-ranked Florida in the first game, 10-1, then followed that up with a 7-3 loss to Stetson in a non-conference battle from the Pressly Softball Stadium on Saturday.
ETSU (1-5) has faced some of the best teams in the country throughout the first four games of this classic. The Lady Bucs played then an undefeated club in
In the first game,
The Gators took advantage of four first inning hits and scored their runs on RBI singles from Aja Paculba, Alexandra Gardiner and Tiffany DeFelice. Freshman Ashley Boyd (
The Lady Bucs ended their 11-inning scoreless drought in the bottom half of first. Ironically, ETSU scored its lone run with no hits as Cheniece Cason (
Stephanie Brombacher, who struck out seven Lady Buccaneer batters yesterday, held ETSU to only one hit in the final three innings, and Kristin Adkins tossed one perfect inning in relief. Junior Vicki McCoy (
Brombacher improved to 5-0 with the win, while Boyd suffered her first collegiate loss. The
Despite out-hitting the Hatters 11-7 in the nightcap, Stetson was able to take advantage of five ETSU miscues to come out ahead with the four-run victory, 7-3.
Stetson, who scored five runs in the first three innings, improved to 6-3 with the win.
The Hatters plated one run in the first, and pushed four Stetson runners across the board in the third. Andrea Migliori drove in the first run of the game as her single scored Amy Joyce from third. Joyce's run was unearned as she led off the game with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Migliori continued to make noise in the third as her solo homerun made it 2-0. Stetson scored the next three runs with two outs, receiving three consecutive singles off sophomore Darci Gilbert (
After leaving a runner stranded in the second and two runners aboard in the third, ETSU finally mustered enough offense to score a run in the fourth. Caitlin Zyskowski's (
The Lady Bucs squandered yet another chance to clip into Stetson's lead in the sixth, leaving runners on the corners. Then, the Hatters made it 7-1 by tacking on a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. ETSU would not go down without a fight; however, its two-out rally fell short in the seventh. After Kate Powell (
With the loss, Gilbert dropped to 1-3 on the season after she allowed seven runs (four earned) on seven hits in 6.0 IP. Demers went the distance as she scattered three runs on 11 hits.
ETSU wraps up play at the 2008 Cox Communications Classic when they play