WILMINGTON, N.C. (Mar. 22, 2003) - East Tennessee State softball won its Southern Conference opener Saturday by defeating UNC WIlmington 8-2. The Seahawks then garnered their first confernece victory by shutting out ETSU 6-0 in game two of the doubleheader.
The Seahawks go to 14-17 overall as the Buccaneers improve to 13-9 on the season. Both teams are even with a 1-1 record in conference play.
In the SoCon opener, ETSU drilled out 14 hits to UNCW's five, scoring three runs in the third for a 3-0 advantage. Buccaneer sophomore Mary Beth Hazelwood, (Knoxville, Tenn.) doubled to center to lead off the inning and later scored on a Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) single. Sophomore Danielle Spetar (Knoxville, Tenn.) followed Sprague with another RBI single, who later scored on a wild pitch.
The Buccaneers added five runs in the top of the seventh, with Sprague reaching base on a lead-off walk and was followed by three back-to-back singles by Spetar, Lindsay Lane (Erwin, Tenn.) and Rhea Holler (Peoria, Ariz.). Junior Miranda Byerly (Candler,N.C.) rocketed a three-run homer with two-outs to give ETSU an 8-0 lead.
Byerly posted three RBI's on two hits, while Hazelwood and Spetar had three hit apiece. Elmore recorded two hits for the Seahawks.
UNCW rallied in the bottom of the seventh, as freshman Hayley House batted in two runs on a two-out single.
Sophomore pitcher Amanda Wilson was credited with the loss, allowing seven earned runs on 13 hits, with four walks and two strikeouts. ETSU's Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) picked up her sixth victory giving up two earned runs, on five hits.
In the second game, UNCW jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, 3-0, with senior outfielder Tiffany Lindemann knocking a two-run homer over the left field fence for her sixth round tripper of the season. Sophomore Christina Elmore hit a two-out RBI single to score senior Chrissy Freaney for the third run of the inning.
Lindemann scored the Seahawks lone run in the fifth on a wild pitch, to push their lead to four.
Freshman shortstop Melissa Moore rounded out UNCW's offense with her first collegiate homerun with two-outs to score Elmore in the bottom of the sixth inning. Both Moore and Elmore finished 2-for-3 from the plate in game two.
Gostyla picked up her third shutout of the season for win number five, striking out three, walking none and stranding seven Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers conclude their three-game series with UNCW Sunday at 1:00 p.m