March 02, 20181234567RHE
Indiana State0000121472
Win: Blankenship (4-1) 2.121102
Loss: Madison Ogle (3-4) 6.064347
Gibbs (INS) 302010
Vanessa Elliott (ETSU) 312000
Kylie Toler (ETSU) 202110
March 03, 20181234567RHE
Win: Madison Ogle (4-4) 7.031162
Loss: FORTEL (2-3) 3.042233
Taylor Wright (ETSU) 413101
TURNER (LIP) 301010
DEVAULT (LIP) 201010
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Indiana State0040000491
Win: Tiffany Laughren (1-1) 4.220001
Loss: Stober (0-3) 2.165511
Lauren Lee (ETSU) 412000
Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) 412000
Sims (INS) 412000
Martin (INS) 412000
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Georgia Southern1010040681
Win: K. Camp (8-3) 5.020020
Loss: Marissa Honeycutt (0-2) 5.054422
A. Mann (GS) 312111
S. Wilson (GS) 402100
M. Freeman (GS) 312200
Lauren Lee (ETSU) 401000
Vanessa Elliott (ETSU) 401000
Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) 211111
Julia Fritz (ETSU) 201010
ETSU heads to Music City for Purple/Gold Challenge
ETSU heads to Music City for Purple/Gold Challenge
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bucs to face Indiana State, Lipscomb and Georgia Southern in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 1, 2018) – The ETSU softball team heads to the Music City to play four games in three days, beginning Friday afternoon at Lipscomb’s Purple/Gold Challenge at Draper Diamond.  


ETSU vs. Indiana State, 2 p.m. – Friday – LIVE STATS

ETSU at Lipscomb, 1:30 p.m. – Saturday  – LIVE STATS

ETSU vs. Indiana State, 6:30 p.m. – Saturday – LIVE STATS

ETSU vs. Georgia Southern, 1 p.m. – Sunday – LIVE STATS

Please note, all times listed above are Eastern


ETSU is looking to bounce back into the win column after dropping three straight and sit at 4-7 after last weekend’s Georgia Classic. 

Freshman Lauren Lee (Cleveland, Tenn.) – who is hitting a team-best .424 (14-for-33) – has reached base safely in her last eight games … Lee ranks third in the SoCon in batting average, fifth in on-base percentage (.424) and is tied for eighth in stolen bases (3). 

Sophomore Nikki Grupp (Jacksonville, Fla.) had her 18-game on-base streak snapped last Saturday at No. 14 Georgia; however, the ETSU third baseman has still reached base in 47 of her first 56 games as a Buccaneer. 

Senior right-hander Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) has earned three of ETSU’s four wins this season … Ogle has allowed two earned runs or less in her last six starts and has allowed one earned run or less in four of the last six outings. 

In the Bucs’ four wins, the Blue and Gold are outscoring their opponents, 32-10; however, in the seven setbacks, ETSU has been outscored, 50-12. 

Twenty-three of ETSU’s 37 RBI have come via two outs … Grupp, Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) and Kylie Toler (Bradenton, Fla.) all have five two-out RBI this season. 

The Bucs are 13-of-14 in stolen bases in their first 11 games … Prior to this season, ETSU had 17 stolen bases in its last two years combined (97 games). 


Indiana State has dropped three straight games but enters the weekend with a 7-4 mark … The Sycamores have wins over Chattanooga, Green Bay, Sacred Heart, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and Toledo. 

Freshman outfielder Bella Peterson leads the Sycamores with a .370 batting average (10-for-27), while sophomore outfielder Rebecca Gibbs has belted three of Indiana State’s five home runs … Junior catcher Brooke Mann leads Indiana State with 11 hits. 

Abbey Kruzel and Arielle Blankenship have combined to go 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA (12 ER/40.0 IP). 

ETSU and Indiana State have split its two prior meetings with the Bucs winning 3-0 on March 9, 2003 and the Sycamores claiming a 3-2 decision on Feb. 21, 2004. 


Lipscomb has won nine of its first 11 games to start the season, which includes wins over – then-No. 14 Ole Miss (3-0), Georgia Tech (1-0), Virginia (4-3) and Indiana (2-0 & 3-1). 

Five Bison players have recorded double-digit hits with Sarah Higgins and Caitlin Turner leading the team with 14 hits each … Higgins leads the team with a .350 clip (14-for-40), while Turner is 14-for-41 (.341). 

Lipscomb is led by a strong pitching staff as they have generated a 0.96 ERA (11 ER/80.0 IP) with 85 strikeouts in its first 11 games … The Bison staff is limiting opponents to a .146 batting average (41-for-281), while also holding their foes to 13 extra-base hits – nine doubles, three triples and one home run. 

Megan Gray and Mandy Jordan are a combined 7-0 with a 0.67 ERA (5 ER/52.0 IP) in eight appearances (seven starts) … The duo have also totaled three shutouts and 64 strikeouts … Jordan – who struck out 17 hitters in the win over Georgia Tech – was tabbed ASUN Preseason co-Pitcher of the Year … Meanwhile, Jordan Fortel no-hit Ole Miss in Lipscomb’s 3-0 win back on Feb. 9. 

As a staff, Lipscomb ranks 12th nationally in ERA. 

Saturday marks the 23rd all-time meeting between the two programs with Lipscomb winning 16 of the previous 22 games … The teams last met on April 6, 2014.   


The Eagles have won six of their last eight and are 10-4 overall. 

Alesha Mann, Macy Coleman and Hannah Farrell have accounted for seven of Georgia Southern’s 10 home runs … Mann leads the team with three, while Coleman and Farrell each have two … Farrell’s two home runs came in the 7-5 setback to ETSU back on Feb. 11 in Statesboro. 

Georgia Southern’s pitchers have combined for four shutouts with Kierra Camp and Rylee Waldrep both recording one complete game shutout … Camp leads the staff in wins (6), innings (49.1) and strikeouts (35) … The Eagles are holding opponents to a .220 batting average (79-for-359).

Georgia Southern leads the all-time series, 9-8, but the Bucs have won four of the last six meetings, including the 7-5 win earlier this season.


Live stats will be available for all four games this weekend, courtesy of Click the links above to access live stats links.   

Twitter updates will also be provided via @ETSUSoftball.

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