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ETSU Softball gears up for critical conference weekend
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Fans who bring a pair of shoes to Friday's doubleheader versus Lipscomb will receive free admission
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 9, 2009) - After stepping out of conference action for seven straight games, the Lady Buccaneer softball team resumes Atlantic Sun play this weekend, beginning Friday evening when ETSU hosts Lipscomb at 5 p.m. The Lady Bucs will then bounce back on Saturday when ETSU takes on
Getting back into conference action and facing the
ETSU went 3-4 last week against non-conference foes and brings a record of 21-16, 3-7 in A-Sun into play this weekend. However, the Lady Bucs are currently 12-1 all-time against Lipscomb and
Should the Lady Bucs bounce back and try to secure a spot in next months conference tournament they will need to do a better job with their fielding, as ETSU has committed nine errors in the last eight contests - leading to nine unearned runs in those games. On the flip side, junior righty Marissa Hardy (
Lipscomb, who enters Friday's doubleheader with a record of 25-8, 4-2 in A-Sun, has vastly improved since the last time they visited
The Lady Bisons are led by junior Kellie Sirus at the plate and the Lipscomb pitchers also enter play with a team ERA of 1.68 (54 ER/225.2 IP). Sirus is hitting a team-leading .441 (45-102) and has 11 doubles, four home runs and 26 RBIs on the season.
In addition, the ETSU Marketing/Promotions Department is holding a special promotion this weekend for softball and baseball to tie into the non-profit organization "Sole to Soul". Every fan who brings a pair of shoes to either the softball or baseball contests on Friday will receive free admission to the game. Any shoe is acceptable, and every pair of shoes will make a difference to the children in
On Saturday afternoon, the ETSU Department of Athletics will honor four outstanding seniors with a special pregame ceremony. Jessie Hackworth (
The Bruins, who play two games at USC Upstate on Friday, have a record of 9-17, 1-5 in A-Sun play.
For more information on Lady Buccaneer softball, visit www.ETSUBucs.com.