No. 5 Tennessee deals ETSU softball doubleheader sweep
Mary Catherine Vercoe accounted for two of Lady Bucs' six hits in the doubleheader defeat at Tennessee.
Mary Catherine Vercoe accounted for two of Lady Bucs' six hits in the doubleheader defeat at Tennessee.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 5, 2006) -  No. 5 Tennessee peppered the ETSU pitching staff for 23 hits and 20 runs in two games on its way to a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday, as the Lady Vols handed the Lady Bucs 10-2, and 10-0 losses, at Tyson Park.  The powerful Lady Vols allowed just six ETSU hits in the series, ending both games in five innings.  UT improves to 35-4 on the spring, while ETSU drops to 13-26.


UT took the lead early in game one, thanks to a three-run homerun from Tonya Callahan, which proved to be the game winner.


ETSU got its only run production of the evening in the third inning, when Briana Knight (Brier, Wash.) reached on an error by shortstop Kenora Posey.  Janine Sprague (Hillsborough, N.C.) then drew an intentional walk, followed by two-run double from freshman Mary Catherine Vercoe (Signal Mountain, Tenn.).


UT hurler Megan Rhodes (11-1) held the ETSU offense to just four hits in 21 batters faced, while fanning eight and walking one.  Four Lady Vols chipped in with two hits on the game, while Callahan knocked in four.


Courtney Jenkins (Knoxville, Tenn.) took the loss in the hometown appearance, falling to 4-10.  Jenkins gave up eight hits and six runs in 3.0 innings in the circle.  Three of ETSU's four hits were doubles, with two-baggers coming from Vercoe, Stephanie Gaynord (Manassas, Va.) and Jess Lonsinger (Dale City, Va.).


Game two was much the same with UT scoring the winning run in the second inning behind an RBI single from Liane Horiuchi.  The Lady Vols continued to roll in the third, plating eight runs on nine hits, including a three-run long ball from Jennifer Griffin.  UT totaled five homers on the evening.


Once again the UT staff held the ETSU bats stagnant, with Monica Abbott allowing two hits in 4.0 innings of work.  The junior struck out nine of the 14 batters she faced to improve to 24-3.


Vercoe (5-10) was tagged with the loss after giving up eight hits and eight runs in two innings.  The freshman did manage one of the Lady Bucs' two hits, hitting a single in the second, while ETSU's second hit came from Gaynord in the third.


The Lady Bucs get back into conference action this weekend, as they host Campbell on Saturday in an Atlantic Sun double dip.  The contest is set to start at 1 p.m., at Metro-Kiwanis Park.

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