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Win: Taylor Boling (2-1) 4.266653
Loss: BERTIG (0-2) 0.135411
NORTON (SFU) 212110
Nikki Grupp (ETSU) 443301
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Win: MILLER (3-2) 7.010023
Loss: Kelly Schmidt (4-1) 7.053143
SORGI (BGSU) 402000
Nikki Grupp (ETSU) 301000
Bucs Split Second Consecutive Doubleheader
Bucs Split Second Consecutive Doubleheader
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Offense explodes vs. St. Francis before stalling against Falcons

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2019) – For the second consecutive day, the ETSU Softball Team split a doubleheader in Boiling Springs, N.C. This time, the Bucs dominated in the first game with a 15-6 victory over St. Francis (PA), avenging a 16-10 loss to the Red Flash on Friday afternoon. With the split, ETSU improved to 8-3-2 on the season, including 2-2 this weekend. 

Game 1: ETSU 15, St. Francis (PA) 6
It has been the story of the season thus far that the Bucs score early and score often and Saturday lived up to the reputation as ETSU plated eight runs in the first two innings in game one of the doubleheader. Five of the runs came in the first inning off two long balls by the Bucs, including Nikki Grupp’s (Jacksonville, Fla.) second home run in as many games. Kylie Toler (Bradenton, Fla.) also jumped on the home run wagon with her first blast of the season, a two-run shot to left field. ETSU put the run rule in affect in the following inning, plating three runs on two hits and displaying patience at the plate with back-to-back bases-loaded walks. 

After an RBI double by Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) in the third inning, ETSU tallied six more runs in the bottom of the fourth for the 15-0 advantage. Lauren Lee (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) plated two runs apiece with a single (Lee) and double (Laughren). 

St. Francis would not go away quietly however, scoring six runs in the top of the fifth and leaving two stranded at second and third. The Red Flash scored the six runs on four hits but ran into MacKenzie Dyson (Hanahan, S.C.) who struck out the final better to limit any further damage
Pitchers of Record
» Win: Taylor Boling (Jasper, Ga.) (2-1)
» Loss: Lauren Bertig (0-2) 

Stat of the Game
For the third consecutive game, the Bucs registered double-digit runs, this time plating 15 runs on 12 hits. ETSU tallied 15 RBIs in the contest as Grupp, Toler and Laughren connected for three RBIs apiece.  

Player of the Game
Nikki Grupp continues to swing a hot bat for the Blue & Gold, finishing 3-of-4 with three runs batted in. Grupp also unloaded for her fourth home run of the season and second in as many games.
» Eight of the nine starters tallied a hit in game one, including three players with a multi-hit performance.
» Taylor Boling improves to 2-1 on the season after the win, throwing 4.2 innings of work and allowing six runs on six hits.
» With the 15-run outing, the Bucs have already eclipsed 100 runs on the season (101).
» Kelly Warren (Mechanicsville, Va.) has now recorded a hit in seven consecutive games, while Schurr and Grupp have tallied six consecutive games with a base knock. 

Game 2: Bowling Green 3, ETSU 0
The Falcons were gifted two unanswered runs in the first inning and that is all they needed to secure the win. Bowling Green scored the two runs on one hit and one ETSU error for the early 2-0 advantage. The Falcons added an insurance run in the sixth inning with an RBI double. 

The Bucs threatened to score in the second inning when Grupp led off with a single and then later stood at third with only one out. However, ETSU could not capitalize, striking out and popping out to end the threat. Grupp’s base knock turned out to be the only base hit for the Bucs in the second game as ETSU only mustered one more base runner via the walk in the sixth inning. 

Pitchers of Record
» Win: Meredith Miller (3-2)
» Loss: Kelly Schmidt (Norcross, Ga.) (4-1) 

Stat of the Game
After recording double digit hits in three consecutive games, the Bucs were held to a season-low one hit in the loss to the Falcons. 

» Grupp recorded the only base hit for the Bucs, extending her hitting streak to seven games.
» ETSU falls to 4-2 all-time against Bowling Green following the loss. 

Record Update
» ETSU: 8-3-2
» St. Francis (PA): 6-7
» Bowling Green: 4-3 

Up Next
The Bucs will close out their participation in the GWU Softball Tournament on Sunday at noon when ETSU takes on host Gardner-Webb. 

Keeping up with the Bucs
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