JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 14, 2015) - A record-setting crowd at Betty Basler Field wasn't enough to lead ETSU past perennial regional power Tennessee Tuesday as the 12th-ranked Lady Vols used a seven-run third inning to help notch an 11-0 victory.
ETSU held No. 12 Tennessee's potent offense in check early on Tuesday, allowing just one hit in the first two innings of play—a solo homer by Gretchen Aucoin in the top of the second.
Redshirt senior Nicole Fox (Peachtree City, Ga.) led off the game for the Buccaneers (12-23) with a walk on five pitches before stealing second base; however, Tennessee starter Cheyanne Tarango retired ETSU's next three batters to leave Fox stranded on base.
In ETSU's next frame, Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.) drew a two-out walk before Tarango, again, got out of the inning.
The Lady Vols (31-11) took a narrow, 1-0 lead into the third inning where Tennessee's offense got on track.
Tennessee's first four batters reached base safely, extending the lead to 3-0 and brining Aucoin to the plate.
Aucoin, a junior from Ocean Springs, Miss., then belted her second homer of the game, a three-run shot to left field, to give the Lady Vols a 6-0 lead. Two batters later, Scarlet McSwain followed suit, hitting a two-run homer to extend Tennessee's lead to 8-0.
In the bottom of the third, ETSU junior Bethany Cowart (Ringgold, Ga.) drove a hard-hit grounder to short and hustled to beat the throw, recording the Bucs' lone hit.
Tennessee plated three more runs in the fourth to bring the margin to 11-0, the eventual final score.
Pitching in relief, Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) needed just 16 pitches to retire Tennessee's side in the top of the fifth.
Junior Jenine Duncan (Jonesborough, Tenn.) drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the fifth inning, however, the Bucs were unable to move her any further, with Tennessee sealing the 11-0 victory.
ETSU will resume league play this weekend as the Bucs host Furman for a three-game series, with a doubleheader Friday, April 17 and single game Sunday, April 19.
Tuesday's attendance was 541, a record high at Betty Basler Field.
Friday, April 17 vs. Furman - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 17 vs. Furman - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 vs. Furman - 2:00 p.m.
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