ETSU gears up for Power-5 opponents
COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 7, 2022) – ETSU Softball will play in its final tournament of the regular season down in Columbia, S.C., taking part in the Garnett & Black Round Robin hosted by South Carolina. The Bucs will square off against both South Carolina and N.C. State while in Columbia.
Date: Friday, April 8 – Saturday, April 9
Location: Columbia, S.C. | Carolina Softball Stadium
Teams: ETSU (5-30), N.C. State (26-13), South Carolina (18-17)
Weather: Friday (High: 67, Low: 42 – windy); Saturday (High: 58, Low: 38 – sunny)
Live Stats: Game 1 / Game 2 / Game 3 / Game 4
Live Video: Game 2 / Game 4
Twitter Updates: @ETSUSoftball
About the Bucs
The Bucs are coming off a doubleheader loss at Appalachian State on Wednesday, falling to 5-30 on the season. ETSU is currently on an eight-game slide following Wednesday's doubleheader loss. Kelly Warren (Mechanicsville, Va.) continues to lead the team, batting .308 with a team-best 32 hits. Cameron Young (Knoxville, Tenn.) is the other Buccaneer hitting over .300 with a .305 average in her freshman campaign. ETSU is hitting .225 as a team, while the pitchers hold a combined 6.83 ERA ahead of the weekend tournament.
Keeping up with the Pack
The Bucs will begin both days with N.C. State, a team that is 26-13 on the year. The Wolfpack are coming off wins over Longwood and Louisville in their two most recent games. Logan Morris is batting .414 to lead N.C. State with 48 hits, including eight doubles and 11 home runs. Morris also has a team-high 40 runs batted in. As a unit, N.C. State is batting .288 on the year with 66 long balls. Aisha Weixlmann leads the Wolfpack in the circle with a 3.16 ERA and an 11-5 overall mark.
Don’t Get Cocky
South Carolina is 18-17 on the campaign this year and will host ETSU in the Bucs second and fourth game of the tournament. The Gamecocks are hosting Winthrop this afternoon with a chance to improve on their overall record. South Carolina has lost nine consecutive games heading into the contest with the Eagles tonight. Riley Blampied holds a .358 batting average with 38 hits and 23 RBIs. Katie Prebble leads South Carolina in homers with 10, while batting .264. The Gamecocks have the best batting average of the tournament with a .296 team average. South Carolina also uses a plethora of pitchers with a team ERA of 4.20. Leah Powell has tossed the most innings with 63.2 innings of work and a 4.07 ERA with a 3-3 overall record.
This weekend will be the first time that ETSU and N.C. State have squared off on the softball diamond. The Bucs are 0-4 all-time against South Carolina. ETSU and South Carolina have not competed against one another since Feb. 24, 2007 when the Gamecocks defeated the Bucs, 4-1.
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