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Win: PERRY. B. (6-2) 7.054145
Loss: Kelly Schmidt (4-2) 0.132210
Kelly Warren (ETSU) 401000
Nikki Grupp (ETSU) 321111
Malloree Schurr (ETSU) 411000
Kylie Toler (ETSU) 301200
Jordan Durbin (ETSU) 201010
BOOTH (GWU) 312110
Bucs Surrender Advantage to Gardner-Webb
Bucs Surrender Advantage to Gardner-Webb
Sunday, February 24, 2019

ETSU squandered a four-run lead in the seventh

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2019) – The ETSU Softball Team concluded the GWU Softball Tournament with a heartbreaking loss to Gardner-Webb on Sunday, 5-4. The Bucs were ahead 4-0 with three outs to play but could not find the final two outs as ETSU surrendered five runs in the home half of the seventh. With the loss, ETSU falls to 8-4-2 on the season. 

The Bucs struck first in the second inning when Tiffany Laughren (Erwin, Tenn.) crossed the plate following an error by Gardner-Webb. ETSU stranded the bases loaded to conclude the inning, harmlessly grounding out to second. 

Nikki Grupp (Jacksonville, Fla.) doubled the ETSU lead in the top half of the third inning with her third long ball in as many days. Grupp’s solo shot was her fifth of the season and also stretched her hitting streak to eight consecutive games. 

Two innings later, the Bucs doubled the two run lead to four thanks to Kylie Toler’s (Bradenton, Fla.) two-run single, bringing home Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) and Grupp.

With things seeming in hand for the Bucs, the seventh inning struck. Entering the frame, ETSU had held Gardner-Webb to just three hits in the first six innings. The Runnin’ Bulldogs slowly clawed into the Bucs’ lead, eventually scoring five runs on five hits to snatch the victory from the clutches of ETSU.

Pitchers of Record
» Win: Brooke Perry (6-2)
» Loss: Kelly Schmidt (Norcross, Ga.) (4-2) 

Stat of the Game
Despite dominating in the first six innings, pitching fell apart for the Bucs in the seventh, allowing five runs on five hits. ETSU was only able to secure one out in the home half of the frame. 
» Grupp has now hit safely in eight consecutive games after launching her third home run of the weekend.
» ETSU used three pitchers in the contest, with Schmidt taking the loss after giving up two runs on three hits.
» The Bucs dropped their first game when leading after the sixth inning, falling to 4-1 in said category.
» With the loss, ETSU falls to 15-11 all-time against Gardner-Webb.

Record Update
» ETSU: 8-4-2
» Gardner-Webb: 8-5 

Up Next
The Bucs will return to action on Friday, March 1 when ETSU travels to Tennessee State to take part in the TSU Winter Warm Up in Nashville, Tenn. The Bucs will square off with North Alabama, Tennessee State, Marist and Portland State in the five-game weekend. 

Keeping up with the Bucs
For complete information on ETSU softball, follow the program via social media on Twitter (@ETSUSoftball), Instagram (@etsubucssoftball) and Facebook (@BucSoftball). For more information on Buccaneer softball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the softball link.