Campbell, Delisa lead Lady Bucs to 7-4 win over Boston College at Frost Classic
Freshman Amy Campbell went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored against the Eagles.
Freshman Amy Campbell went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored against the Eagles.

Friday, February 27, 2009

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Feb. 27, 2009) - A pair of East Tennessee State freshman sluggers stepped up in the spotlight on Friday afternoon against Boston College, as Amy Campbell (Hixson, Tenn.) and Marlina Delisa (Tucson, Ariz) helped guide the Lady Bucs to a 7-4 come-from-behind victory over the Eagles at the 2009 Frost Classic.

 

The win moved ETSU's record to a program-best 7-3, while Boston College dropped to 4-7.

 

The freshman duo of Campbell and Delisa helped break a 4-4 game in the top of the eighth and carried ETSU to a win in game one of the tournament, which is hosted by Chattanooga.

 

With the game tied at 4-all, Katy Jett (Talbott, Tenn.) was placed on second to begin the inning, and the junior preseason all-conference selection came around to score when Campbell reached on an error by the Boston College pitcher - giving the Lady Bucs a 5-4 lead. Then, with two outs and Campbell on third, Delisa put ETSU ahead 7-4, after she jacked one over the center field fence - marking her first collegiate home run. 

 

In the end, those three runs proved to difference makers, as junior Marissa Hardy (Rocklin, Calif.) retired the side in the eighth and picked up her fourth straight win of the season. Hardy (4-1) went the distance, allowing four runs on 10 hits while striking out five.

 

The Lady Bucs grabbed the 1-0 lead thanks to Campbell's RBI single through the left-side of the infield in the first, scoring Jett. However, Boston College quickly plated two runs in the bottom half of the second on Brittany Wilkins' two-run scoring double, giving the Eagles a 2-1 advantage.

 

Fortunately, ETSU wasn't fazed by Boston College taking the lead, and the Lady Bucs evened the game at two apiece in the top of the third. A leadoff walk to Hardy proved to be costly and after junior Kala Tipton (Church Hill, Tenn.) entered as a pinch runner, the speedster advanced to second on an error by Wilkins. Then, with runners on first and second and two outs, Campbell came through again when her single to center scored Tipton and tied the game (2-2).

 

Hardy was able to work out of a jam in the bottom of the third, but the righty couldn't keep the Eagles off the board in the fourth. After Hardy struck out Katrina Vasquez to begin the inning, she walked Angela Pandolfo - and again Wilkins' bat continued to haunt the Lady Bucs on the very next at-bat - as she homered to right, putting Boston College up 4-2.

 

The see-saw game continued, because ETSU tied the game at 4-all thanks to a two-run fifth. Senior outfielder Vicki McCoy (Ringgold, Ga.) led off the frame with a single down the left field line and came around to score on Jett's two-out RBI double to left. Again, the Lady Bucs received some more two-out timely hitting, as senior Kate Powell (Johnson City) singled to left and Jett scored when Rene Delagrammaticas was charged with an error at short.

 

After ETSU tied the game at four, Hardy did an excellent job getting out of a sticky situation in the bottom of the frame. The Rocklin, Calif. native surrendered a leadoff double to Taylor Peyton and the Boston College pitcher advanced to third on Blair Destito's sacrifice bunt. Then, with one out and a runner on third, Hardy settled down by forcing Gemma Ypparila to pop out to Cheniece Cason (Moreno Valley, Calif.) at short and the dominate righty struck out Ali Lynette-Krech to end the inning.

 

Both teams were held in check until ETSU exploded for its three runs in the eighth to pick up the three-run victory over the ACC foe.

 

Morgan Kidd (0-2) suffered her second loss of the season after allowing three runs (one earned) on one hit in three innings of work.

 

Jett and Campbell combined to go 4-for-8 with an RBI and four runs scored (both players tallied two hits apiece). Delisa's homer extended her hitting streak to a season-high four straight games.

 

The Lady Bucs return to the diamond later on this evening as ETSU plays Toledo.

 

For a full recap of the Toledo contest, visit www.ETSUBucs.com.

 

 

 

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