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Samford splits a doubleheader at ETSU on Saturday

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – To open a three-game weekend series, the Samford softball team split Saturday’s doubleheader with the ETSU Buccaneers by dropping the opening game 7-6 before defeating ETSU 10-2 in the nightcap.

The Saturday split moves the Bulldogs to 15-27 on the season and 8-6 in Southern Conference competition. ETSU will enter Sunday’s rubber match with records of 10-28 and 4-10.

In game one, SoCon pitcher of the week reigns supreme McKenzie Newcomb got the starting number in the circle for Samford. The junior received a no-decision after giving up three runs in four innings pitched. Sara Bond suffered the loss in the series opener as the sophomore allowed four unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Offensively, seven different Bulldogs recorded a single in game one. The junior trio of Sarah Squillace, Grier Bruce And Logan Champion each did a run in the afternoon. Champion also scored twice in the match.

After a quiet opening frame, the scoring started in the second inning. Champion came home to make it 1-0 Bulldogs after an ETSU foul was made on a ball put into play by Linsey Hargis.

Samford’s lead increased to 4-0 when the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one away. Champion then scored again Ansley Yantis drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0 Bulldogs. a Shannon Weems pinch-hit sacrifice fly that scored Olivia Shaw gave way to a Squillace RBI single that Hargis credited to complete the four-run lead.

ETSU answered with a trio in the bottom of the fourth, making it a 4-2 game with four innings in the books.

The Bulldog attacked to regain its form in the top of the sixth. Back-to-back RBI singles from Bruce and Champion, which scored Yantis and Weems, pushed Samford’s lead to 6-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

In the game-changing bottom of the sixth inning, the Buccaneers scored four runs on three singles and a devastating three Samford errors to take the lead 7-6. The Bulldogs could only muster a two-out walk in the top of the seventh before ETSU sealed the game with one win.

In game two, Jordyn Partain picked up the five-inning complete game victory. The junior allowed two ETSU runs on four hits for her eighth win of the season.

On the plate, Shannon Weems had her best game of her young Bulldog career and the freshman went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. In supporting roles, Katie Campbell, McKayla Cothran and Squillace also had two-hit games with a run scored.

ETSU opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single to make it a 1-0 game before Samford’s offensive attack began in earnest.

The Bulldogs got on the board for the first time in the second when Weems singled through the left side to hit Campbell, who led off the inning with a leadoff single against the shortstop. Squillace made it 2-0 in the next at bat with an RBI single that scored Yantis.

The final ETSU run of the day came in the bottom of the third, giving way to an eight-run Bulldog fourth that put the game out of reach.

Samford’s eight-run fourth featured a two-run Buccaneer error, a pair of bases loaded walks, three RBI singles from Weems, Campbell and Hargis plus another ETSU error that allowed a run to score for good measure.

Partain closed the door in the fifth to salvage a victory in Saturday’s nightcap.

NEXT ONE

The series between the Bulldogs and Buccaneers will be decided on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for CT at noon and streamed on ESPN+.

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