April 07, 201812345RHE
Win: Emily DeMonte (11-1) 5.072221
Loss: Kelly Schmidt (2-5) 3.084411
Nikki Grupp (ETSU) 302000
Tiffany Laughren (ETSU) 302000
Lindsey Bert (FUR) 312411
Emily DeMonte (FUR) 222100
Candace Johnson (FUR) 322000
Casey Bigham (FUR) 312200
Bucs drop opener to Furman, 3-2
Bucs drop opener to Furman, 3-2
Saturday, April 7, 2018

Furman walks off with game one win; Game two to resume Sunday at 1 p.m.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 7, 2018) – Freshman Julia Fritz (Glen Allen, Va.) gave the ETSU softball team some life as her two-out, two-run scoring double in the top of the seventh inning pulled the Buccaneers even at two; however, Hannah Reynolds led off the bottom of the inning with a home run to straightaway center field lifting Furman to a 3-2 win in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader at Pepsi Stadium.

Game two of the series was suspended with Furman leading 7-2 with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. The game  picked back up on Sunday at 1 p.m., and ended after two pitches as Lindsey Bert belted a walk-off grand slam to give Furman an 11-2 five-inning win. 

In a game where the Buccaneers struck out a season-high 15 times, Fritz was just one of two ETSU hitters to not strikeout as she reached base three times. Fellow freshman Kelly Warren (Mechanicsville, Va.) – who turned the lineup back over via her two-out infield single in the seventh – was the other Buccaneer to not strikeout. Vanessa Elliott (Johnson City, Tenn.), Nikki Grupp (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Emma Martindale (Johnson City, Tenn.) provided the other hits for the Blue and Gold.

ETSU out-hit the Paladins in game one, 6-5, with Fritz reaching base three times – two hits and a walk. Martindale sparked the rally in the seventh with a one-out single and Warren kept things alive with a two-out infield single, which led to Fritz’s double straight up the middle.

Again, senior Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.) gave the Blue and Gold another solid effort but suffered the loss. Ogle (9-9) allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk in the complete game effort. Following her six strikeouts, Ogle moved into fifth all-time on the ETSU strikeout list with 242. Ogle was outdueled by Lindsey Bert (17-7) as she was charged with two runs on six hits with a career-high-tying 15 strikeouts and two walks in seven innings of work.

Furman scored all three of its runs via the long ball as Caroline Cash belted one in the first inning, while AnnaRose Borelli followed with a solo shot in the fifth.

Despite scoring the first run of the game in the nightcap, Furman answered with two runs in second and third innings, while adding three more in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead before the game was called due to rain in the bottom of the fifth inning. Once the game resumed, Furman ended it early as Lindsey Bert hit a walk-off grand slam to make it an 11-2 five-inning final. 

Vanessa Elliott drove in the two runs for the Bucs as she had a sacrifice fly in the top of the first, while her infield single in the fifth scored Kelly Warren.

Furman scored its first run on an RBI single up the middle by Casey Bigham, while Lauren Duggar followed with a sac fly. From there, the Paladins pushed across two, two-out runs in the third to go ahead, 4-1.

In the fifth, Warren led off with a single, stole second and later scored on Elliott’s RBI single to pull the Bucs with two runs, but Furman answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take its 7-2 lead. The Paladins scored two of their runs via wild pitches and Bigham drove in her second run of the night with another RBI single up the middle.

Kelly Schmidt (Norcross, Ga.) suffered the loss (2-5) as she allowed four runs on eight in three innings, while Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) entered and issued seven runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. 

Furman’s Emily DeMonte started for the Paladins and earned the win (11-1) after allowing two runs on seven hits in five innings. 

Following the pair of setbacks, ETSU moved to 13-19, 1-6, while Furman improved to 28-10, 2-3.

Game three of the series will follow the suspended game on Sunday.

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