ETSU softball to face Fresno State in opening day of Bayer CropScience Classic Thursday night
Junior right-hander Jessica  Duncan leads the Lady Bucs' pitching staff with five wins.
Junior right-hander Jessica Duncan leads the Lady Bucs' pitching staff with five wins.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

FRESNO, Calif. (March 10, 2010) - The ETSU softball team opens up play at the Bayer CropScience Classic this Thursday night when the Lady Bucs take on host Fresno State. First pitch is set for 10 p.m. (Eastern) at Bulldog Diamond.

 

The Lady Bucs are coming off a difficult trip at Riverside where ETSU went 1-4 with its lone win being a 5-2 victory over the Highlanders on Sunday. Junior newcomer Jessica Duncan (Ooltewah, Tenn.) earned her fifth win of the season and improved the Lady Bucs to 8-9 on the year. Duncan went all seven innings allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three.

 

ETSU faces another difficult test in this tournament, as the Lady Bucs also face Cal State Northridge (2:30 p.m.) and Georgetown (5 p.m.) on Friday, and Colorado State (Noon) and Mississippi State (5 p.m.) on Saturday.

 

Fresno State currently sits 10-7 overall and are receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. Meanwhile, Cal State Northridge has won six of its last eight and enters tournament play with a 7-11 mark. Colorado State is riding a five-game winning streak into tournament play and are 12-7 through the first 19 games; while Mississippi State - who went to the NCAA Regional in 2009 - is 14-7 and the Bulldogs are coming off a split over Tennessee on Tuesday. Rounding out the tournament field are the Hoyas of Georgetown who are 6-7 on the season.

 

Fans unable to make the trip to California can watch the ETSU at Fresno State game online courtesy of Fresno Athletics. To access live video streaming visit www.gobulldogs.com or click on the link above. Also, live stats will be available for all tournament games by clicking the above link.

 

For more information on Lady Buccaneer softball, visit www.ETSUBucs.com.

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