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Loss: BROWN (0-3) 7.088444
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J. Duncan (ETSU) 512100
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Win: LIBERATORE (5-5) 7.052115
Loss: W. Leon (2-2) 7.083314
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Bucs split double-header to open Holiday Inn Invitational
Bethany Cowart
Bucs split double-header to open Holiday Inn Invitational
Saturday, March 7, 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 7, 2015) - One month into the season, the ETSU softball team played in Johnson City for the first time. ETSU, the host of this weekend's three-team Holiday Inn Invitational, split a pair of games Saturday, finishing on both sides of late-inning rallies.

In Game One of their double-header, the Buccaneers (7-7) came from behind to erase a 6-4 deficit and defeat Radford, 8-7, in eight innings. ETSU then came up on the losing side of a rally later in the day, falling narrowly to Tennessee Tech, 3-2, after the Golden Eagles (10-9) plated three seventh-inning runs.

Versus the Highlanders, ETSU capitalized on a bevy of Radford errors early on to take a 3-1 lead after two innings.

The Highlanders (3-10) would go on to score twice in the second and three times in the third to assume a 6-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the fourth.

Junior outfielder Bethany Cowart (Ringgold, Ga.) then belted her second home run of the year, a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Bucs' deficit to 6-4.

The Buccaneers' offense continued to make an impact in the bottom of the sixth, with Jennine Duncan (Jonesborough, Tenn.) hitting an RBI single and Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.) driving in another run on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 6-6.

Deadlocked at 6-6 after seven innings, ETSU and Radford headed to extra innings, with each team beginning its respective frame with a runner on second base in compliance with the international tiebreaker rule.

A sacrifice fly by Mackenzie Blackwell gave Radford a brief, 7-6 lead; however, the Bucs clinched the 8-7 win by scoring twice in the eighth after speedy centerfielder Nicole Fox (Peachtree City, Ga.) forced Radford's defense to commit a rushed, arrant throw, resulting in Mykeah Johnson (Cohutta,Ga.) scoring from second base and Fox rounding the bases herself.

In Saturday's two games, Fox went a combined 3-of-8 at the plate, scoring once and swiping two bases. Her five steals this season are second-most on the team behind only Duncan's 12.

Seven ETSU players recorded hits in the win versus Radford.

Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.) earned the victory on the mound for the Bucs, tossing eight innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out four batters.

ETSU got another quality pitching performance in the second game of the double-header, with senior Whitney Leon (Dandridge, Tenn.) hurling six scoreless frames before Tennessee Tech's seventh-inning rally.

Leon was not the only pitcher dialed in during Saturday's finale.

Tennessee Tech's Danielle Liberatore allowed just one earned run—a seventh-inning solo home run by ETSU's Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.).

With ETSU maintaining a narrow, 1-0 lead, the Golden Eagles plated three runs in the seventh following back-to-back doubles by Sabrie Neeb and Madison Taylor and a two-run homer by Angi Sakamoto.

The Buccaneers will conclude play in the Holiday Inn Invitational Sunday as ETSU takes on Tennessee Tech and Radford in a double-header with games beginning at 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., respectively.


Due to recent winter weather, the Holiday Inn Invitational will be played at the ETSU Campus Recreation Complex located at 1501 Seminole Drive in Johnson City. For more information on the playing site, click here.

Parking will be limited at the campus recreation facility, thus fans will be able to park at the Buccaneers' usual softball complex, Betty Basler Field, and then receive a shuttle ride to the campus recreation field. Cars will be allowed to drop spectators off at the campus recreation facility before parking at the softball field. Directions to Betty Basler Field, the usual home venue, can be found by clicking here.

Seating will also be limited, so fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.


Sunday, March 8 

11:00 a.m. EST - Tennessee Tech vs. Radford

1:00 p.m. - Tennessee Tech vs. ETSU

3:00 p.m. - Radford vs. ETSU

*Live stats will not be provided for the contests; however, fans can follow @ETSUSoftball on Twitter for scoring updates.


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