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Bucs host Appalachian State in non-conference doubleheader Wednesday
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011



Fans who wear pink receive $1 admission in conjunction with NFCA's StrikeOut Cancer Program

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 29, 2011) - Coming off a sweep over conference rival Belmont last Saturday afternoon, the ETSU softball team looks to carry its positive momentum into a mid-week doubleheader with non-conference foe Appalachian State on Wednesday evening. First pitch of the twinbill is set for 5 p.m. at Betty Basler Field.

The ETSU marketing department teamed up with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) StrikeOut Cancer Program, so fans who wear pink to the games on Wednesday will receive admission for only $1.

Since starting the StrikeOut Cancer initiative more than ten years ago, the NFCA has raised thousands of dollars to support the fight against cancer. These vital resources allow the American Cancer Society to continue its lifesaving efforts to prevent cancer, save lives, and diminish suffering from the disease through research, education, advocacy, and service.

The American Cancer Society is committed to building a powerful network of individuals and organizations with people like you to achieve the greatest possible impact on decreasing cancer incidence and mortality.

The Bucs, who sit 13-17 overall, evened their conference record to .500 (2-2) after sweeping the Bruins Saturday. Senior right-hander Jessica Duncan (Ooltewah, Tenn.) and freshman righty Katie Wolff (LaGrange, Texas) tossed a three-hit shutout, while the hot bats of Arielle Garner (Buchanan, Ga.) and Jackie Baird (Ooltewah, Tenn.) carried ETSU to a 10-2 five-inning victory over Belmont in game two. Garner and Baird combined to hit for the cycle as Garner belted a two-run homer and her single in the fifth plated the game-ending run, while Baird recorded a double, triple and three RBI. Overall, Garner and Baird are two of four Buccaneer hitters to have an average of .300 or higher, while as a team ETSU ranks second in the A-Sun with its .288 batting average.

Appalachian State was swept last weekend at Chattanooga and the Mountaineers enter Wednesday's doubleheader with a record 11-16, 4-4 in the SoCon.

The Mountaineers are led by sophomores Meghan Smith and Allie Cashion at the plate. Smith leads the club in average (.416), hits (32), and slugging percentage (.688), while Cashion is hitting .352 with eight doubles, four homers and 25 RBI. Smith's .416 average not only leads the Mountaineers, but she is also the top hitter in the SoCon.

Fans unable to make the trip to Johnson City on Wednesday can view all the action on A-Sun.TV (weather permitting), while live stats will be offered through Gametracker.

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