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Softball splits home twinbill with Winthrop
Wednesday, April 16, 2003JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 16, 2003) - Erwin, Tenn., native Lindsay Lane's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning drove in sophomore Danielle Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.) for the game-winning run as East Tennessee State defeated Winthrop 2-1 in the first game of Friday's doubleheader at Kiwanis-Metro Park. However, ETSU (17-20) made some costly mistakes in the field to fall 6-3 to the Eagles (20-24) in game two. In game one, Winthrop broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning when Sarah Bargeron scored on Katie Kipisz's one-out single. Buccaneer starting pitcher Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out one batter and getting another to pop out to ETSU second baseman Julia Chance (Knoxville, Tenn.) to end the inning. Then, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning McVay started the late Buccaneer rally with a single to left field. She advanced to third on another single by Rhea Holler (Peoria, Ariz.) and McVay crossed home plate on Chance's RBI base hit to left field. The Eagles, who stranded 14 base runners throughout the duration of the 11-inning marathon, left two runners on base in the top of the ninth and couldn't generate any offense in their next two at-bats. In the bottom of the eleventh, ETSU took advantage of a passed ball, which allowed Spetar to move to third base and Lane was able to capitalize with a long fly ball down the right field line that gave Spetar the opportunity to tag-up for the winning run. McVay earned the complete-game victory with one earned run and nine strikeouts while scattering seven hits. She was competing against Winthrop's Kelli Johnson, who fell to 14-11 this season. Johnson gave up one earned run and struck out seven. Bargeron led the Eagles offensively with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, including a run scored and Kipisz went 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Freshman Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) led the Bucs with two hits in five at bats. The nightcap started off much like game one, as neither team was allowed to score until Winthrop opened the floodgates in the top of the third. Three ETSU errors led to five unearned runs, which included a three-run homerun by Winthrop pitcher Shahna Ashard. Ashard finished up 2-for-4 with three RBIs. ETSU retaliated in the bottom of the third on Lane's sac fly to center, which scored sophomore shortstop Mary Beth Hazelwood (Knoxville, Tenn.), who doubled to left field in her previous at-bat. The Buccaneers kept chipping away at the Eagle's lead - McVay made the score 5-2 on a solo homerun to left-centerfield in the bottom of the fourth. Junior pitcher Jennifer Fraser (Chattanooga, Tenn.) gave up her only earned run of the game in the top of the seventh inning when Bargeron scored on Kipisz's single up the middle. The Buccaneers were able to get the run back in the bottom half of the frame, but it was too little, too late. Miranda Bylerly (Candler, N.C.) drove a pinch-hit single to center field that allowed Spetar to score from second base. East Tennessee State will get back in to Southern Conference play this weekend when the Bucs host Georgia Southern in a three-game series at Metro-Kiwanis Park. Action begins on Friday, April 18 with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
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