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East Tennessee State0002000261
USC Upstate001200X352
Win: STORCH (7-1) 5.042206
Loss: Lindsey Fadnek (5-2) 3.123352
Bethany Cowart (ETSU) 402000
Taylor Carter (ETSU) 312201
RECTOR (UPST) 402200
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East Tennessee State0000000022
USC Upstate100110X370
Win: MCKINNON (16-1) 7.020007
Loss: Rebbeca Wahrmund (2-1) 4.053130
Danielle Knoetze (ETSU) 301000
Samantha Carpenter (ETSU) 201000
TIRPAK (UPST) 302000
Bucs travel to USC Upstate for a mid-week doubleheader
Senior Sam Carpenter ranks third in the SoCon with an on-base percentage of .500
Bucs travel to USC Upstate for a mid-week doubleheader
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

ETSU looks to pick up some victories against a former conference rival

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (March 22, 2016) – After a pair of postponements, the ETSU softball team will return to action Wednesday when it travels to take on USC Upstate in a doubleheader. The twin bill between the Bucs (8-7 overall) and the Spartans (25-4 overall, 2-1 A-Sun) is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. from Cyrill Stadium.

Bullets on the Bucs

  • ETSU went 1-2 two weeks ago on its trip to Cookeville, Tenn. The Bucs split a pair of games against Kennesaw State and dropped a 6-3 decision to Tennessee Tech. With the results last weekend, the Bucs moved their record to 8-7 overall.
  • Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.) paced the Buccaneer offense in Cookeville hitting .500 with three extra base hits (two doubles and a home run). Carter currently leads ETSU in doubles (7), home runs (4) and total bases (34).
  • Senior Samantha Carpenter (Forest City, N.C.) has reached base safely in six consecutive games, which is a team-high. Additionally, Carpenter is second on the team with a .370 batting average and is third in the SoCon with an on-base percentage of .500.

Bucs by the numbers

17 – With a solo home run Sunday against Kennesaw State, Taylor Carter moved into fifth place on ETSU’s all-time home run list. The Brazil, Ind. native’s next long ball will pull her into a tie for fourth place with former Buc Danielle Spetar.

9 – Lindsey Fadnek (Coafield, Tenn.) currently leads the SoCon averaging nine strikeouts per seven innings pitched. On a national scale, Fandek’s mark ranks 25th.  

3 – Sophomore Kelsey Smith (Tucson, Ariz.) is sixth in the nation with three saves so far this spring. Despite having nearly two months left in the season, Smith’s three saves is tied for fifth-most in a single season by an ETSU pitcher.

Scouting the Opponents

The 24-4 Spartans, who are receiving votes in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches’ Poll, enter Wednesday’s doubleheader against ETSU with a 15-2 record at home. USC Upstate has a team batting average of .327, while holding opponents to a .209 average. Amy Szymanowski and Ryan Rector lead the way for the Spartans offense with 10 and 11 home runs, respectively.

In the circle, the Spartans have relied heavily on the duo of Holly McKinnon and Amanda Storch. McKinnon leads the squad with a 15-1 record and a 1.92 ERA in 106 innings pitched, while Storch is 6-1 with a 1.94 ERA in 46 innings.

Series Histories vs. Opponent

USC Upstate has won 14 of the 18 all-time meetings against the Bucs. ETSU’s last win in the series came on April 24, 2013 by a score of 3-2. The Buccaneers have defeated the Spartans once in Spartanburg and that was on March 24, 2008.

Following options for Wednesday

Both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader will have live stats and streamed online. Both links can be found on the Bucs’ schedule page. Fans can also follow @ETSUSoftball on Twitter for in-game updates.


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