Buccaneer softball set to face No. 11 Tennessee Wednesday afternoon in Knoxville
Junior Danielle Spetar is one of four Knoxville natives on ETSU's roster
Junior Danielle Spetar is one of four Knoxville natives on ETSU's roster

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 24, 2004) -- East Tennessee State's softball team will be looking for its first-ever win over a ranked opponent Wednesday, when the Buccaneers travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to square off with No. 11 Tennessee. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. at Tyson Park. ETSU (5-2) dropped both games of a doubleheader last year in Knoxville by scores of 8-0 and 8-3, respectively. Head coach Amy Fuller knows Wednesday will be a difficult early-season test for her squad, as the Lady Vols are off to a scorching 13-2 start. Wednesday's doubleheader also marks the home opener for the Lady Vols, whose only losses this season have come against Hawaii and No. 1 UCLA. "ETSU will present a tough challenge for our team," said Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly, who previously spent five seasons at Chattanooga, a fellow Southern Conference opponent. "They are a veteran squad and played very well here last March. With so many Knoxville kids on their roster, we expect they will have a good crowd supporting them. We will need to be ready to play our best." Lady Vol freshman sensation Monica Abbott will be making her debut in front of the home crowd by getting the ball in tomorrow's opener. The left-hander has compiled a 12-0 record and a 0.66 earned run average over 74.1 innings ETSU will be led by senior pitcher Tiffany McVay (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.), who is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA this season. McVay is also batting .333 with three doubles, a homerun, and eight RBIs. Belinda Barrera (Fayetteville, N.C.) has been named Wednesday's other probable starting pitcher. Barrera is 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA, including two complete-game shutouts. Sophomore outfielder Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) is listed as questionable after pulling a quadricep muscle in last weekend's UT Martin Econo-Lodge Tournament. Sprague is leading the Southern Conference with a .562 batting average. She also has driven in four runs and has three doubles. Junior Mary Beth Hazelwood (Knoxville, Tenn.) is batting .476 and has ripped 10 hits in 21 at bats with three two-baggers. LIVE STATS -- Game One Game Two
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MTEN ETSU 4 Spartanburg, S.C.
Mar 22 Wofford 1
SB ETSU 0 6
Mar 22 Western Carolina 8
WGOLF Briar's Creek Invitational John's Island, S.C.
Mar 23 15th of 17
SB ETSU 0 5
Mar 24 Tennessee 10
BB ETSU 4 10
Mar 24 Radford 7
BB ETSU 3 Blacksburg, Va.
Mar 25 Virginia Tech 8
WTRACK Raleigh Relays Raleigh, N.C.
Mar 27 Results
MTRACK Raleigh Relays Raleigh, N.C.
Mar 27 Results
MTEN UNC Wilmington 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Mar 27 ETSU 4
BB UNC-Greensboro 8 Johnson City, Tenn.
Mar 27 ETSU 6
MTRACK Raleigh Relays Raleigh, N.C.
Mar 28 Results
WTRACK Raleigh Relays Raleigh, N.C.
Mar 28 Results
BB UNC-Greensboro 7 Johnson City, Tenn.
Mar 28 ETSU 5
SB Chattanooga 11 6
Mar 28 ETSU 0
WTEN Mercer 0 Bristol, Tenn.
Mar 29 ETSU 7
MTEN Samford 2 Johnson City, Tenn.
Mar 29 ETSU 5
SB Chattanooga 5 Johnson City, Tenn.
Mar 29 ETSU 2
BB UNC-Greensboro 3 Johnson City, Tenn.
Mar 29 ETSU 5