February 17, 201712345RHE
Win: Erika Osherow (2-1) 4.043344
Loss: Madison Ogle (1-1) 3.044120
Iyana Hughes (VA) 312110
Danielle Knoetze (ETSU) 301000
Kelsey Chernak (ETSU) 311000
Nikki Grupp (ETSU) 211010
Kelsey Smith (ETSU) 301100
Mykeah Johnson (ETSU) 101010
February 17, 20171234567RHE
Charleston Southern013000X470
Win: CLARK (1-2) 7.042225
Loss: Lindsey Fadnek (1-1) 1.211152
Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) 301000
Cassi Pickett (ETSU) 301000
Taylor Carter (ETSU) 211010
Mykeah Johnson (ETSU) 301100
February 18, 201712345RHE
Win: Lacy Smith (1-1) 5.020035
Loss: Kelly Schmidt (0-1) 0.013110
Emma Martindale (ETSU) 201000
Quinn Giesick (ETSU) 201000
Katie Park (VA) 111110
Olivia Gott (VA) 211111
Iyana Hughes (VA) 311000
Danni Ingraham (VA) 301100
Ashlee Davis (VA) 111100
Lacy Smith (VA) 311201
February 18, 20171234567RHE
Charleston Southern200020X460
Win: PILGRIM (2-2) 6.153337
Loss: Madison Ogle (1-2) 5.164434
Mykeah Johnson (ETSU) 201020
Taylor Wright (ETSU) 301000
Cassi Pickett (ETSU) 201010
Taylor Carter (ETSU) 311301
Danielle Knoetze (ETSU) 101000
JOHNSON (CSU) 211000
GANDARA (CSU) 301000
GANDARA (CSU) 301000
February 19, 20171234567RHE
UNC Wilmington0001140670
Win: Davis (1-0) 4.021132
Loss: Madison Ogle (1-3) 2.055413
Moore (UNCW) 222000
Nikki Grupp (ETSU) 312100
Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) 322010
Softball heads to Charleston for Buccaneer Invitational
The ETSU softball team heads to Charleston, S.C., for the Buccaneer Invitational.
Softball heads to Charleston for Buccaneer Invitational
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bucs to play five games in three days starting Friday morning versus Virginia


CHARLESTON, S.C. (Feb. 16, 2017) – After winning four of the five games en route to claiming the 2017 AmericInn Classic last weekend, the ETSU softball team eyes its second straight tournament title this weekend as the Bucs head to South Carolina for the Buccaneer Invitational, hosted by Charleston Southern. The Bucs will play five games in three days, as ETSU opens play against Virginia Friday morning at 10 a.m. 


Friday – ETSU vs. Virginia – 10 a.m.

Friday – ETSU at Charleston Southern – 2 p.m.

Saturday – ETSU vs. Virginia – 9 a.m.

Saturday – ETSU at Charleston Southern 1 p.m.

Sunday – ETSU vs. UNC Wilmington – 1 p.m.

The games will be played at the CSU Softball Complex; Please click the links above to access live stats for each game  


ETSU opened its season last weekend by winning the AmericInn Classic in Boiling Springs, N.C. … The Bucs went 4-1 at the tournament and defeated Alabama A&M, 3-2, in Sunday’s championship game … At 4-1, ETSU is off to its best start in program history. 

Sophomore Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) and junior Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) swept the Southern Conference weekly honors on Monday … Laughren was named Player of the Week, while Ogle was tabbed Pitcher of the Week … Laugren – who hit safely in all five games last weekend – hit a blistering .750 (12-for-16) with four doubles, five runs and three RBI … Ogle went 1-0 with two saves in three appearances (one start) for the Blue and Gold … The Buccaneer hurler did not allow an earned run in 10.2 innings of work. 

Laughren ranks fourth nationally in batting average (.750), and sixth in doubles per game (0.80) and on-base percentage (.765) … Ogle is one of four players in NCAA Division I to have two saves this season, while her and freshman Kelly Schmidt (Norcross, Ga.) are one of 62 players who have not allowed an earned run … Schmidt also ranks 31st in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (2.80), while she’s one of 30 players nationally to not have issued a walk … Senior outfielder Mykeah Johnson (Cohutta, Ga.) ranks 28th in walks (1.00). 

Seniors Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.) and Taylor Carter (Brazil, Ind.) combined to go 14-for-33 (.424) at the plate last weekend … Knoetze hit .438 (7-for-16) with three doubles, five runs and two RBI, while Carter went 7-for-17 (.412) with one double, one triple, one home run, five runs and three RBI. 

Joining Ogle with wins in the circle were seniors Rebecca Wahrmund (Morrilton, Ark.), Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) and Sharlene Godoy (La Puente, Calif.) … Godoy picked up her first collegiate win in Sunday’s victory over Alabama A&M. 

As a team, ETSU’s offense leads the SoCon in runs scored (27) and doubles (11), while ranking second in batting average (.316), slugging percentage (.434), on-base percentage (.378), hits (43), and RBI (22) … In the circle, the Buccaneer pitching staff leads the conference in ERA (1.39), opposing batting average (.207), innings pitched (35.1), wins (4), saves (3), and fewest hits allowed (28). 


Virginia went 2-3 at last weekend’s Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. … The Cavaliers defeated Western Michigan and UTEP, while falling to No. 7 Oregon, No. 21 Arizona State and San Jose State. 

The Cavaliers are led by senior infielder McKall Miller who’s hitting .500 (7-for-14) with three doubles, two home runs, three runs and five RBI … Junior Allison Davis went 9-for-20 (.450) with two doubles, one home run, and five RBI in five games last weekend … Davis also made three appearances out of the bullpen going 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA (1 ER/6.0 IP). 

Three of Virginia’s five games were decided by one run last weekend. 

The all-time series between ETSU and Virginia is tied at 1-1 … The Bucs defeated Virginia, 3-1, on Feb. 11, 2005, while the Cavaliers defeated ETSU, 3-2, on Feb. 26, 2006. 


Charleston Southern has dropped five of its first seven games to start the season with the two wins coming against Savannah State. 

The Buccaneers hosted the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational last weekend as Charleston Southern dropped decisions to No. 19 Missouri, No. 16 James Madison and USC Upstate … The Bucs suffered a 4-3 setback to Missouri in the opener and fell 5-3 to USC Upstate on Saturday. 

Charleston Southern has belted 12 home runs in its first seven games, which ranks second in the country … Mallory Kasinger and Jade Gandara have both hit three home runs this season, while Caitlyn Emberson and Cheyenne Gandara have each hit two … Cheyenne Gandara also has one of the two wins in the circle for the Buccaneers as she’s 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA (5 ER/14.0 IP) in three starts this season. 

ETSU is 3-0 all-time against Charleston Southern … The Bucs swept CSU in a doubleheader back on March 9, 2009 in Charleston, while also knocking them off 8-1 on March 11, 2005. 


This weekend marks the season opener for UNC Wilmington. 

Led by seniors Merritt Wilkinson and Peyton Jordan, the Seahawks return 18 letter winners from last year's team that finished with a 29-21 overall record and just missed earning a spot in the CAA Tournament with an 8-10 league mark. A pair of Second-Team All-CAA selections last year, Wilkinson was the Seahawks' second-leading hitter with a .299 average while Jordan posted a 14-6 mark in the circle with a 2.09 earned run average and 75 strikeouts. 

UNCW, under the leadership of fifth-year head coach Kristy Norton, welcomes back its entire pitching staff, which combined to record a 2.38 ERA last year with six shutouts. In addition to Jordan, the Seahawks bring back sophomores Laurel Koontz, Lacey Fox and Haley Lenderman along with junior Sarah Davis. 


Live stats for the entire weekend will be provided by Charleston Southern Athletics by visiting CSUSports.com or by clicking here to access the tournament central page. 

Please click the links above to access live stat links for ETSU’s games. 

Twitter updates will also be available by following @ETSUSoftball

For more information on Buccaneer softball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the softball page.