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Lady Bucs squander chances as Blue Hose sweep doubleheader
Saturday, March 20, 2010
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 20, 2010) - Despite a pair of good pitching performances the ETSU softball team failed to find any type of offensive rhythm as visiting Presbyterian College swept both games of Saturday's doubleheader at Lady Buc Field in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Blue Hose took game one 4-0 and then rallied past ETSU 3-1 in the nightcap. With the two losses the Lady Bucs dropped to 9-18 on the season, while PC improved to 10-5.
Presbyterian quickly jumped out front as third baseman Taylor Staten blasted a Jessica Duncan (Ooltewah, Tenn.) changeup over the left field fence, which gave PC a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
ETSU fought back in the bottom half of the inning as senior Katy Jett (Talbott, Tenn.) led a two-out rally as she singled through the left side for the Lady Bucs first hit of the day. After senior catcher Trisha Massenzo (Russellville, Tenn.) singled and junior third baseman Katie Henderson (Jackson, Tenn.) was hit by starter Leslie Hensley, the Blue Hose sophomore worked out of the jam as Marlina Delisa (Tucson, Ariz.) flew out to right to end the threat.
PC added to its tally an inning later as Morgan Durham singled to left for the 3-0 advantage.
Three innings later the Blue Hose weren't done at the plate as Rachel Parker parked a sole shot over the centerfield wall, pushing the PC lead to 4-0.
The Lady Bucs best opportunity came in the bottom of the seventh as ETSU put a pair of runners on with two outs. Unfortunately for the Lady Bucs any comeback chance faded fast as Hensley forced leftfielder Lucy Schneider (Dade City, Fla.) to ground out to short ending the rally and game.
Taking the win for the Blue Hose was Hensley (4-2), who worked the complete game shutout after giving up only six hits, while striking out five.
Duncan (5-5) took the loss for ETSU after she gave up four runs, on eight hits, while striking out eight.
The Lady Bucs got on the board first as Jett singled home senior shortstop Cheniece Cason (Moreno Valley, Calif.) in the bottom of the first inning giving ETSU a quick 1-0 lead.
Looking to slow down Presbyterian's hot bats ETSU starter Shelby Morris (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) did exactly that throughout the first six innings. The sophomore starter took a one-hitter into the top of the seventh as ETSU held the one run advantage heading into the frame.
After Morris gave up a leadoff walk to Rachel Parker to start the last inning, Brittany Howell advanced her teammate with a sacrifice bunt to ETSU catcher Katie Henderson. Pinch hitter Katie Anderson then tied the score at 1-1 as she ripped a single up the middle, scoring Kalya Handy, who pinch ran for Parker.
With Anderson on first, Krysten Handy then doubled off the left field fence, which advanced both girls into scoring position. Two pitches later PC took its first lead of game as Henderson allowed a pass ball, which scored Anderson from third.
Rachel Hopper then delivered the Blue Hose an insurance run with a deep fly ball to left, which scored Handy, who advanced to third on the previous miscue by the Lady Bucs.
After Morgan Durham walked, senior Darci Gillbert (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) ended the frame by striking out Amanda Miller on four pitches.
In the bottom of the inning ETSU's comeback chance stayed alive after Schneider reached on a fielder's choice and Jett walked, giving the Lady Bucs the tying run on first with two outs. However, after PC starter Mary Gordon was pulled for Leslie Hensley, the game one starter closed out the contest as Massenzo popped out to third baseman Taylor Staten in foul territory
With its four-game homestand now ended ETSU returns to diamond as they open Atlantic Sun Conference action with a 3 p.m. contest next Friday at No. 24 Lipscomb.
For more information on the ETSU softball team please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.