Carter's three-run homer caps win for Bucs
A three-run, go-ahead home run by freshman Taylor Carter capped ETSU's come-from-behind win over Northern Kentucky Saturday.
The Buccaneers softball team erased a five-run deficit, scoring six unanswered runs, to knock off the Norse.
After failing to record a hit in the game's opening three innings, ETSU's offense came alive in the fourth frame, with freshman Danielle Knoetze belting a two-run homer to left centerfield to drive home Katie Wolff and cut the Bucs' deficit to 5-2.
Pitching in relief, junior Whitney Leon held the Norse (3-24, 1-9) to just one earned run in five and two-third innings of work.
With Leon neutralizing the NKU offense, the Bucs (12-15, 2-8) capitalized with a four-run sixth inning highlighted by Carter's fourth homer of the season.
Junior Alex Everett, led off the sixth with a single to centerfield before moving to third on a Jackie Baird double to left.
After Knoetze drew a walk to load the bases, sophomore Bethany Cowart advanced the runners with a sacrifice fly to right field, plating Everett and cutting ETSU's deficit to 5-3.
Just two pitches later, the Bucs would capture the lead, as Carter turned on an 0-1 pitch, driving a homer over the left field wall.
Carter, who is batting .299 on the year, ranks second on the team in RBI (20), home runs (4), and total bases (40).
On the mound, the Brazil, Ind., native has posted a team-best 8-5 record, allowing just six walks in 76 and two-thirds innings, ranking second in the nation for fewest walks per seven innings (0.55).
The Bucs sealed their victory in the seventh inning 6-5.
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