Lights-out pitching leads Golden Eagles to 7-1 win over NKU


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Five pitchers combined for a three-hitter and Dylan Bosheers drove in three runs as the Tennessee Tech baseball team (10-6, 2-1) clinched its fifth series of the season with a 7-1 victory over Northern Kentucky (2-14, 0-0) Wednesday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles received a gem from starting pitcher Nick Price (in photo) as the senior tossed a pre-determined four innings of no-hit ball. He allowed just one base runner, hitting a batter in the fourth inning. Cookeville native Ross Spurgeon relieved Price and didn't miss a beat, pitching three innings while surrendering just one hit. Neither pitcher walked a batter and the two combined for five strikeouts.

Tech's offense backed the performance on the mound immediately, scoring two runs in the top of the first off a Zach Stephens single to right field. Stephens drove in James Abraham, who had doubled in the previous at-bat, for his fifth consecutive game with an RBI. Daniel Miles added the second run, singling up the middle to bring in Stephens.

The game cruised to the sixth inning as Drew Campbell seemed to have solved the Tech lineup, giving up zero hits from the second to the fifth inning. Then the Golden Eagles struck again.

Fittingly, Stephens opened up the bottom of the sixth inning with a single. Brandon Thomasson, who extended his hitting streak to eight games, doubled down the left field line, his third two-bagger of the series. For the second straight contest, Northern Kentucky chose to intentionally walk Michael Morris, once again forcing sophomore Dylan Bosheers to try and beat them for the second day in a row.

The shortstop delivered again, drilling a two-run single to center field and doubling the Golden Eagle lead to 4-0. Zephan Guyear doubled down the left field line in the next at-bat, clearing the bases for two runs and extending Tech's lead to 6-0.

Bosheers added one more run for the Golden Eagle effort in the eighth inning, hammering his first long ball of the season over the left field wall.

The lone RBI for the Norse came in the eighth inning off a double by designated hitter Logan Spurlin. He recorded one of NKU's three hits.

Zane Morton, Justin Alexander, and Andy Williams completed the outstanding pitching performance for the Golden Eagles, allowing just two hits and a run in two innings of relief work.

Price earned his second win of the season, moving his record to 2-1 during the 2013 campaign.

The Golden Eagles will return to the diamond on Friday when they host OVC foe Morehead State in a three-game set. Game one will kick-off the series with a 6 p.m. CDT first pitch. Game two is set for a 2 p.m. start time on Saturday with Sunday's game three beginning at 1 p.m.