The next game for ETSU’s softball team will be against USC Upstate on March 23 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

This will be the first game since March 13 for the Bucs, as their last two games have had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The games against Gardner-Webb and SC State originally scheduled in March were rescheduled for April 20 and April 9, respectively.

The team hasn’t had a home game since March 6 and will continue this pattern when they travel to Spartanburg to face USC Upstate on March 23.

The Bucs last played USC Upstate on March 17, 2015. They narrowly lost the first game of the doubleheader, with a final score of 4-3.  However, the Spartans rallied back during the second game to take a 5-0 win.

The Spartans currently have an overall record of 24-4 for the 2016 season. This team will be a challenge for the Bucs because not only do they seem to be playing well, but they have also had the opportunity to play more this season.

The Spartans began their season with a six-game winning streak.  Their most recent winning streak consisted of four games, ending with their most recent game against Lipscomb on March 19.

ETSU currently has an overall record of 8-7. The Bucs’ most consistent playing was between Feb. 20 and March 4 when they had a four-game winning streak. They lost their last two games against Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State.

However, ETSU has very talented players who will be exciting to watch on the field for the remainder of the season.

Junior Lindsey Fadnek (Coalfield, Tenn.) was recently named SoCon Pitcher of the Week.  This is the first time since 2009 that a member of the ETSU softball has earned the title.

She earned the honor after striking out 21 batters in 14 innings at the Buccaneer Classic at the beginning of March. In the game against Morehead State, she struck out 14 batters in eight innings, which is the third most in the ETSU softball program history.

Senior Madison Boyd (Chattanooga, Tenn.) has also been playing very impressively this season.

In the team’s most recent games against Kennesaw State, she scored a home run in the first inning and also hit back-to-back doubles along with Danielle Knoetze (San Diego, Calif.), almost giving the Bucs enough points to come back and win the game.

Freshman Jayci McGill (Papillion, Neb.) also picked up a a three-run home run in the fifth inning of the KSU game.