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Bucs fall to UNCG in SoCon softball final

Johnson City Press • Updated May 12, 2018 at 7:18 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. — East Tennessee State’s reign as champions of the Southern Conference came to an end on Saturday as UNC Greensboro beat the Bucs 5-2 in the championship game of the conference tournament.

The Bucs, who won the tournament last season, finished the season at 19-27. They came into the seven-team tournament as the sixth seed. UNCG was the top seed after winning the regular season.

The Spartans won three straight games to claim the crown and will make their second ever NCAA regional appearance after earning the SoCon’s automatic berth. UNCG will find out its NCAA tournament destination on Sunday at 10 p.m. The selection show will be broadcast on ESPN2.

UNCG (46-11) and ETSU met four times this season with the Spartans claiming all four contests, including two in as many days. The Bucs made history as the first six seed to appear in the championship game.

Taylor Wright and Tiffany Laughren, both from Unicoi County, drove in ETSU’s two runs. Wright, whose three-run hit in the eighth inning helped ETSU beat Furman a day earlier, was the only ETSU player with two hits in the championship game.

Gabrielle Cubbage and Kayleigh Willis each had a home run for UNCG. Cubbage drove in three runs.

Spartans pitcher Alicia Bazonski tossed a complete game and was chosen as the tournament’s most outstanding player.

Madison Ogle, ETSU’s pitcher, threw a five-hitter and struck out seven batters.

ETSU had four players — Ogle, Wright, Lauren Lee and Kylie Tyler — on the all-tournament team.

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