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Hardy, Hackworth guide Softball Bucs to split over Lipscomb
Saturday, April 05, 2008
With the split, ETSU moved to 17-25, 4-8 in the Atlantic Sun; while Lipscomb tabbed its first-ever win over the Lady Bucs and improved to 16-21, 7-5.
In the opener, both teams went down in order thanks to some key strikeouts; including Hardy freezing Lipscomb's slugger Abby Keese to end the first. The pitchers continued to dominate until Hardy faced some trouble in the third. After allowing a one-out walk to Megan Rottler, Hardy struck out Mackenzie Tucker; however Rottler stole second and advanced to third on a fielding error by Hackworth at third. The error prolonged the inning and Lipscomb managed to take advantage of the miscue when Sara Simons singled up the middle, scoring Rottler. Hardy did a great job holding Lipscomb to the lone run by fanning Keese for the second time and leaving runners stranded at the corners.
ETSU broke up Kim Jacobson's bid for a perfect game when Hardy worked a two-out walk in the fourth which led to the Lady Bucs' first run despite not recording a hit. Junior Vicki McCoy (
Hackworth made up for two fielding miscues earlier in the game by belting the Softball Bucs' first hit in the fifth. After junior Cat Zyskowski (
Lipscomb tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the sixth and seventh, but Hardy buckled down. Hardy recorded an out on the Lady Bisons' leadoff batter; however, she placed runners on first and second with one out. She worked out of the jam by forcing Jennifer Allsup to foul out to Trisha Massenzo (
Hardy went the distance allowing an unearned run on two hits while striking out nine en route to her ninth win of the campaign. Lipscomb's Kim Jacobson saw her record fall to 2-7 after surrendering four runs (three earned) on three hits.
In the nightcap, Katy Jett snapped a 0-for-6 slump with her leadoff single to left in the first, but after stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by Lipscomb's catcher, Alaina Jacobson struck out the next two Lady Buccaneer batters and forced Katie Henderson to fly out to center, leaving Jett on third.
Lipscomb jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second by taking advantage of two hits and a Cheniece Cason fielding error at short. The Lady Bisons first baseman Heather Collins led off the second by reaching on Cason's error and pinch runner Christy Grisham advanced to second on a sac bunt and scored on Christen Campbell's RBI single to left. After freshman Ashley Boyd (
The Lady Bucs tied things up at two apiece in the top of the fourth. With one out, Katie Henderson walked and moved to third on Trisha Massenzo's double to left. Senior second baseman Briana Knight (Brier,
Unfortunately, ETSU's lead did not hold long, due to the fact Abby Keese led off the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run over the right-center wall, making it 3-2. Lipscomb then received a double from
ETSU missed out on a golden opportunity to push some runs across the plate in the sixth. Henderson and Massenzo led off the frame with consecutive singles, but Briana Knight failed to get down the sacrifice bunt as
The Softball Bucs had the game-tying and go-ahead runners aboard in the seventh, but Jacobson struck out
Jett and Massenzo each recorded multi-hit games in the nightcap. Jett finished 3-for-4 and Massenzo went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Boyd (5-7) tossed a solid complete game, allowing three runs (one earned) while striking out three and issuing no walks. Jacobson earned her seventh win on the season, surrendering two runs on seven hits.
The Lady Bucs quickly return back to the field to finish out a doubleheader with
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