Bucs to take on trio of opponents in Kennesaw, Ga.
KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 20, 2020) – The ETSU Buccaneer Softball team will compete in its third tournament of the young season this weekend, traveling to Kennesaw, Ga. for the Bailey Memorial Tournament. While at Kennesaw, the Bucs will take on Rhode Island, Marshall and Kennesaw State. The tournament will begin with a 10 a.m. showdown against the Rams on Friday and will conclude the weekend with a 12:30 contest against Kennesaw State.
Date: Friday, Feb. 21 – Sunday, Feb. 23
Location: Kennesaw, Ga. | Bailey Park
Teams: ETSU (3-6), Kennesaw State (8-1), Marshall (5-3), Rhode Island (3-5)
Weather: Fri. – High: 45, Low: 22 (Sunny) / Sat. – High: 53, Low: 28 (Sunny) / Sun. – High: 55, Low: 39 (Cloudy)
Live Stats: Game 1 / Game 2 / Game 3 / Game 4 / Game 5
Live Video: ETSU vs. KSU (Sunday)
ETSU Notes: Game Notes
Tournament Central: ksuowls.com
Twitter Updates: @ETSUSoftball
Dyson ‘Em Up
MacKenzie Dyson (Hanahan, S.C.) is coming off a career weekend, throwing 10 innings of work and facing 38 batters, while allowing just four hits. The South Carolina native allowed just one unearned run and struck out eight batters, while walking three. Dyson earned her first career complete-game shutout against Alabama A&M (5-0), tossing a career-high seven innings of work. During the win, Dyson allowed just two hits from the Bulldogs and struck out a career-best six batters.
Third Time is the Charm
ETSU is looking for another strong weekend as the Bucs travel to Kennesaw, Ga., taking part in the Bailey Memorial Tournament. The Bucs will start the weekend off with a matchup against Rhode Island, the first meeting between the two competitors in program history. Following the morning showdown on Friday, the Bucs will square off against Marshall at 12:30. ETSU will face a familiar schedule on Saturday, taking on Rhode Island followed by the Thundering Herd. The Bucs are 1-4 alltime against Marshall, most recently dropping a 3-0 decision on Feb. 14, 2015. ETSU will close the tournament with a Sunday contest against the host, Kennesaw State. The Bucs are 5-18 all-time against the former conference foe, having dropped four of the last five meetings with the Owls.
Butting Heads with the Rams
Rhode Island enters the tournament with a 3-5 overall record, most recently turning in a 2-2 mark at the First Pitch Classic. The Rams and Bucs will square off on Friday and Saturday, both contests being played at 10 a.m. Ari Castillo and Erika Yeager lead the way with a .333 batting average, with Castillo ranking second on the team in RBIs with five. Rachel Zingerman paces the team in long balls (2) and runs batted in (8). Sarah Gunderson is the pitcher to watch, boasting a 3-0 record with a 1.40 ERA. The senior pitcher has tossed 25 innings of work and allowed just five runs with 21 strikeouts.
Friday’s meeting will be the first-ever showdown between ETSU and Rhode Island.
Herding the Herd
Marshall has posted a 5-3 record through the first two weekends of play, most recently finishing 3-2 at the Chattanooga Challenge. Following a 10-8 loss to the Mocs, the Thundering Herd rattled off three consecutive wins to conclude the tournament. Aly Harrell leads the team in batting with a .650 average, complemented by three doubles, a trio of home runs and a team-best 12 RBIs. Seven different players are batting over .300 for Marshall. Mya Stevenson has cranked the most long balls with four and has plated 10 RBIs in the process. Laney Jones has appeared in seven of the eight games in the circle for the Thundering Herd, recording a 4-1 record with a 3.59 ERA. Jones has surrendered 13 earned runs in 25.1 innings pitched and has struck out 24 batters in the process.
ETSU will take the diamond against Marshall on Friday (12:30 p.m.) and on Saturday (3:00 p.m.). The Bucs are 1-4 all-time against Marshall.
Hoo are the Owls?
Kennesaw State will host its second tournament in three weeks, entering the Bailey Memorial with a blistering 8-1 overall record. The Owls come at you in waves as seven batters are hitting over .300 on the season, led by a .483 batting average from Brea Dickey with 14 hits and a team-high 10 RBIs. As a team, Kennesaw State ranks 17th in the NCAA in batting average (.343). A trio of Owls’ pitchers have recorded two wins, with Lindsey Kyte holding the better ERA of the trio with a 1.58 mark. Kennesaw State boasts a team ERA of 2.25 and has struck out 39 batters in 56 innings of work.
The Bucs are 5-18 all-time against Kennesaw State and will take on the Owls to close the tournament on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
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