Softball Splits In Conference Action
<b>Dani Spetar</b>
Dani Spetar

Saturday, April 24, 2004

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (April 24, 2004) - Behind a bottom of the seventh stolen base by ETSU outfielder Dani Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.), the Lady Bucs posted their fourth conference win of the season splitting a doubleheader decision with College of Charleston today at Metro-Kiwanis Park. College of Charleston (35-20, 9-5 SoCon) managed a win in game one of the twinbill 3-2 while the Lady Bucs (24-29, 4-10 SoCon) captured game two 5-4. The Lady Bucs and College of Charleston each posted four scoreless innings in game one this afternoon until the bats of the Cougars found fire in the top of the fifth inning. Posting all three of their runs in the top half of the inning, the Cougars enjoyed their biggest offensive inning of the day with three runs and four hits to take the 3-0 lead. Charleston managed to keep the ETSU bats silent until the bottom of the seventh when after a Miranda Byerly (Candler, N.C.) single, Mary Beth Hazelwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) stepped to the plate pounding a triple into the center field fence, scoring pinch runner Julia Chance (Knoxville, Tenn.) for the Lady Bucs. With just one out in the inning, Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) posted a high fly to center field scoring Hazelwood from third and cutting the Cougar lead to just 3-2. Cougar pitcher Rachael Stern forced ETSU second baseman Stephanie Gaynord (Manassas, Va.) into an infield out allowing Charleston to take game one 3-2. After a willful finish to game one, ETSU took the field in game two determined to post the victory. The first inning was full of offensive from both sides of the field as the Cougars posted two runs, while ETSU managed three runs on four hits in their first at bat. Charleston evened the score in the third behind a Jacquie Rothey homerun, while Amanda Cone doubled in the top of the fifth sending Brooke Flowers home to give the Cougars the 4-3 upperhand. ETSU battled back as Rhea Holler (Peoria, Az.) scored in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game heading into the final inning. Lady Bucs pitcher Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) faced just three Cougar batters in the top of the seventh inning as they went down in order sending ETSU to the plate in the bottom of the seventh. With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Spetar stole second to put herself in scoring position as Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.) stepped to the plate. Off an error by the shortstop, Lane reached first advancing Spetar to third. Off an errant throw by Charleston's catcher, Spetar reached home scoring the winning run for ETSU giving them the 5-4 win in game two of the conference doubleheader. Both teams will return to Metro-Kiwanis Park tomorrow at 1:00 pm to play the final game of the conference series.
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