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Win: Stephanie Bryden (14-1) 7.0200310
Loss: Madison Ogle (9-11) 7.031156
Jasmine Palmer (UNCG) 311010
Marisa Sholtes (UNCG) 301010
Gabrielle Cubbage (UNCG) 101110
Vanessa Elliott (ETSU) 301000
Taylor Wright (ETSU) 301000
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Win: Alicia Bazonski (15-3) 7.020004
Loss: Kelly Schmidt (2-6) 7.042231
Jasmine Palmer (UNCG) 312201
Quinn Giesick (ETSU) 301000
Demi Coleman (ETSU) 201000
Bucs get strong pitching performances but fall to league-leading UNCG
Bucs get strong pitching performances but fall to league-leading UNCG
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sunday’s first pitch moved to 11 a.m.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 14, 2018) – Despite getting strong pitching performances from both Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.)and Kelly Schmidit (Norcross, Ga.),the ETSU softball team was still unable to break out of its funk.

Ogle and Schmidt held UNCG – one of the most potent offenses in the Southern Conference – to three runs on seven hits in the two games; however, the Spartans still managed to cap off the Saturday doubleheader sweep at Betty Basler Field. UNCG edged the Bucs 1-0 in game one, while a two-out, two-run home run by Jessica Palmer was all the offense needed to lead the Spartans to a 2-0 win in game two.

Ogle (9-11) allowed the one run on three hits with six strikeouts in the complete game effort in game one; however, UNCG’s Stephanie Bryden tossed her first complete game shutout to earn the win. Bryden (14-1) held the Bucs to two hits, along with posting 10 strikeouts and three walks.

UNCG – who has won 19 of its last 20 games – scored the only run of the game in the third inning when Palmer led off with a single to left field and eventually came home on an RBI single from Gabrielle Cubbage.

The Bucs’ two hits came via a two-out single by Vanessa Elliott (Johnson City, Tenn.) in the first, while Taylor Wright (Erwin, Tenn.) reached on a one-out single in the seventh. ETSU threatened in the final frame as Quinn Giesick (Bakersfield, Calif.)worked a pinch-hit walk following the Wright single – but despite both runners moving into scoring position following a passed ball – Bryden induced Kelsey Chernak (Ooltewah, Tenn.) to hit into a game-ending ground out to third.

In game two, Palmer hit the two-out, two-run homer in the third inning to lift the Spartans to the two-run win.

Schmidt (2-6) was charged with the two runs on four hits in the complete game effort, while she was outdueled by Alicia Bazonski. Bazonski tossed a two-hit shutout with four strikeouts to improve to 15-3 on the season.

Giesick snapped Bazonski’s no-hit bid with a single up the middle in the fifth, while Demi Coleman (Maryville, Tenn.) reached on an infield single in the sixth.

Following the setbacks, ETSU moved to 13-22, 1-9 in SoCon play, while UNCG improved to 34-8, 9-1.

The series finale was originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m., however, due to inclement weather expected to hit the area, the game time has been pushed up to 11 a.m.

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