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Win: Hudson (12-11) 7.0112207
Loss: Madison Ogle (9-13) 5.0146614
Nikki Grupp (ETSU) 413000
Walker (UTC) 423000
Coppinger (UTC) 303000
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Win: Swinford (9-10) 7.010002
Loss: Kelly Schmidt (2-7) 5.162211
Kelsey Chernak (ETSU) 201000
Brown (UTC) 303000
Bucs fall twice in Chattanooga
Bucs fall twice in Chattanooga
Saturday, April 28, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 28, 2018) –The ETSU jumped back into conference play; however, the Buccaneers were unable to get back into the win column as Chattanooga swept a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Frost Stadium. The Bucs dropped game one, 6-2, and were shutout 2-0 in the nightcap.

The Blue and Gold have now lost 12 straight and moved to 13-25, 1-11 in SoCon play, while Chattanooga improved to 25-24, 9-6.

The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday with a 2 p.m. first pitch at Frost Stadium.

Despite plating a pair of runs in the top of the first inning of game one, the Buccaneers were unable to build any more momentum as Chattanooga scored six unanswered runs to take the opener, 6-2.

Nikki Grupp (Jacksonville, Fla.) posted three of the Bucs’ 11 hits as she went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored, while Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.)and Vanessa Elliott (Johnson City, Tenn.) accounted for the RBI. Laughren plated the first run with a sacrifice fly to center, while Elliott’s single up the middle brought home Grupp. Kelsey Chernak (Ooltewah, Tenn.) recorded a multi-hit game as she went 2-for-3 with a double.

Madison Ogle (Maryville, Tenn.)– who allowed three earned runs or less in 18 of her 23 appearances entering the day – suffered the loss (9-13) after issuing six runs on 14 hits with four strikeouts (one walk) in five innings of work. Marissa Honeycutt (Kingsport, Tenn.) tossed a scoreless sixth inning in relief.

Chattanooga’s Celie Hudson secured the win (12-11) after holding the Bucs to two runs, while allowing 11 hits with seven strikeouts and zero walks in the complete game effort.

After ETSU pushed across its two runs in the top of the first, Chattanooga responded with a two-out, two-run scoring single from Ashley Conner to pull even at two.

From there, both pitchers settled in and worked scoreless frames until the Mocs plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead, 6-2. Emma Sturdivant started the surge with a two-run scoring single, while Conner followed with a home run to left field.

Prior to the four-run fifth, the Bucs looked to have taken the lead in the top of the inning when Julia Fritz (Glen Allen, Va.) led off with a single, moved to second on Lauren Lee’s (Cleveland, Tenn.) sac bunt and appeared to score on Grupp’s single to center. However, despite Fritz’s hand touching the plate before the tag was applied, the umpire called her out to end the inning.

Conner drove in four of the Mocs’ six runs, while Aly Walker and Alyssa Coppinger both finished with three hits each.

In game two, Allison Swinford tossed a one-hit shutout, while Brook Womack broke a scoreless game by belting a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to lifting the Mocs to a 2-0 win.

Kelly Schmidt (Norcross, Ga.) gave the Blue and Gold a solid outing in the circle as she allowed two runs on six hits in 5.1 innings; however, a third-inning single by Chernak was the only offense generated by the Buccaneers.

Pinch hitter Katie Corum drove in the other run on an RBI single in the sixth, while Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) got out of a one-out bases loaded jam to end that inning without further damage being done.

Swinford improved to 9-10 as she struck out two and did not issue a walk, while Chattanooga out-hit ETSU, 9-1. Womack totaled two hits and Devan Brown went 3-for-3.

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