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ETSU softball swept on opening day of Frost Classic
Saturday, February 26, 2011
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Feb. 25, 2011) - Freshman Katie Wolff (LaGrange, Texas) drove in three runs with a double to center in fourth, but it wasn't enough to carry the Bucs past Northwestern State as the Lady Demons hung on for a 6-3 victory in game one of the Frost Classic Friday afternoon. In the nightcap, Chattanooga scored eight runs in the first and cruised to an 11-1 five-inning victory inside Frost Stadium.
Wolff became the second Buccaneer player to record at least three RBIs in a single game this season as she joins fellow newcomer Jackie Baird (Ooltewah, Tenn.). Meanwhile, junior infielder Amy Campbell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) registered two of the five hits for the Blue and Gold against Chattanooga by going 2-for-2 with a double and run scored.
After being swept on Friday, the Bucs have now dropped seven of their first eight games to start the year.
Northwestern State Recap
Freshman Katie Wolff drove in three runs with a double to center in the fourth, but that was all the offense generated by the Blue and Gold and Northwestern State hung on for a 6-3 victory.
Wolff's hit was her first double of the season and it broke up Roos' shutout in the fourth as it cleared the bases for the Bucs. ETSU continued to threaten in the inning by loading the bases again, but the Bucs were unable to push more runs across the dish.
Northwestern State jumped out to a quick 1-0 first-inning lead after Roos doubled home Cali Burke; however, Wolff settled in and worked out of a bases load jam by forcing the next two Lady Demon hitters to pop out to short.
The Bucs had their first runner reach in the second when Sam Lower (Sebring, Fla.) worked a one-out walk and moved into scoring position by stealing second. Unfortunately, Lower was left standing there when both Amy Campbell and Whitley Hensley (Erwin, Tenn.) struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Lady Demons (9-5) took advantage of Lower fielding error at second to score a pair of unearned runs in the top of the third - extending Northwestern State's lead to 3-0.
Once again, ETSU saw a scoring opportunity go across the board in the bottom half of the third as Nicole Fox (Peachtree City, Ga.) earned a four-pitch walk and Marlina Delisa (Tucson, Ariz.) broke up Roos' no-hit bit with a single to right, placing runners on the corners for Katie Henderson (Jackson, Tenn.). However, Roos ended the Bucs' threat by striking Henderson out on three pitches to keep Northwestern State's three-run lead intact.
Roos helped her cause in the fourth when her two-run home run down the line in left put the Lady Demons up 5-0, forcing ETSU to make a pitching change as junior righty Shelby Morris (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) entered in relief. Morris was solid in relief by limiting Northwestern State to one run in the final 3.1 innings.
The Bucs finally cracked through in the bottom of the fourth and chased Roos from the circle after Wolff cleared the bases when her liner hit to center went over the head of Ashlee England, making it a 5-3 ballgame. Again the Blue and Gold loaded the bases after Jessica Duncan (Ooltewah, Tenn.) hit an infield single and Fox was hit in the foot on the next at-bat. Unfortunately, ETSU was unable to make more damage as Delisa hit into a fielder's choice and Henderson grounded out to second.
In the top half of the sixth, the Lady Demons wrapped up their scoring when a two-out RBI single gave Northwestern State another three-run lead, 6-3.
Despite having Morris toss 3.1 innings of one-run ball, the Bucs weren't able to mount a comeback as the Lady Demons hung on for the win.
Wolff suffered the loss (0-2) after allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits in 3.2 innings of work. Roos earned the win (4-1) as she issued three runs on three hits and struck out eight in 3.1 innings.
The Bucs dug an early hole by allowing eight first-inning runs and Lady Mocs never looked back from there as Chattanooga went on to win the final game of the day, 11-1.
Six different Buccaneer players reached base in the contest with Amy Campbell highlighting the day for ETSU by going a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate
Just like the Northwestern State game, the Bucs fell behind early as Chattanooga scored eight runs on five hits to take an 8-0 lead after the first inning. The inning - which saw three different ETSU pitchers come into the circle - had Chattanooga's Michelle Fuzzard record a three-run homer to left; while three more runs crossed the plate on two bases loaded walks and one hit batter. Jessica Traxler also drove in two runs with a single up the middle.
After the Bucs had two of their first three hitters reach base in the second, ETSU pushed its only run across the plate courtesy of an illegal pitch by Nikki Waters. Campbell doubled to fence in left, while Whitley Hensley recorded an infield single to put runners on the corners. Then, with Tara Hartnett (Snellville, Ga.) at the plate, Waters was charged with the illegal pitch, giving Campbell the opportunity trot home to make it an 8-1 ballgame. Despite having runners in scoring position and two outs, Nicole Fox was unable to drive Hensley and Hartnett home as Kandice Irwin sent her down on strikes to end the inning.
Fuzzard drove in her fourth run of the game with a RBI single to right and Fox's error on pop fly to center capped off the scoring for Chattanooga - putting the Lady Mocs up 11-1 in the third.
Katie Wolff, who came in to pitch in relief in the first, retired five of the last six hitters she faced.
Duncan saw her record dip to 0-3 on the year after being charged with seven runs on three hits while walking three. Meanwhile, Irwin earned the win (2-1) for Chattanooga.
The Bucs return to the diamond Saturday afternoon when ETSU takes on Tennessee-Martin at noon from field one at Warner Park. ETSU wraps up play with Akron at 2:30 p.m.
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