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February 22, 2014

Bats come alive as Golden Eagles sweep doubleheader over NYIT

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information Coordinator

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The bats came alive for the Tennessee Tech baseball team Saturday afternoon as the Golden Eagles swept a doubleheader from the visiting NYIT Bears. Tech outscored its opponent 32-4, winning the first contest by a score of 13-1 and the second by a score of 19-3.

The Golden Eagles smacked five home runs on the day, including two from senior Daniel Miles who broke the program record for RBI in a single game with eight. The third baseman blasted two long balls, a double, and a single while drawing a walk and scoring three runs himself. And that was just in Game Two. He added a hit and walk in the first contest as well.

Junior starter David Hess controlled the NYIT batters in the first contest, fanning seven through six innings of work. He allowed just one earned run and four hits while picking up his first victory of the season.

Second basemen Zach Zarzour and Andrew Contreras led the Tech attack in Game One, driving in three runs apiece. Zarzour finished 2-for-4 at the dish, scoring two runs and using a two-run double to help extend Tech's lead. Contreras, who took over at second for Zarzour in the bottom of the sixth and proceed to drill a two-run double down the right field line.

Jake Rowland added two RBI in the first contest, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and two runs scored. Junior Dylan Bosheers led all hitters in Game One, grabbing three hits in five trips to the plate while scoring two runs.

Catcher Jordan Parris clobbered his first moonshot of the season, towering one over the left wall as part of a 2-for-4 performance. He also scored three runs in the first game.

Miles took over in game two, but had plenty of help putting up 19 runs. Zarzour collected two doubles, driving in two runs while scoring twice as well. Bosheers put together a second three-hit game while scoring two more runs and driving in one.

Senior slugger Zach Stephens launched his second dinger of the year while going 2-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBI. Jordan Hopkins smacked his first home run in the second game, driving in two runs on the shot.

Brandon Thomasson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Rowland added two runs and an RBI on a 2-for-3 performance as well.

Right-hander Austin Tolle picked up his second win of the season, notching six strikeouts in five innings of work. He allowed just two earned runs and one walk.

The Golden Eagles will go for the series sweep Sunday afternoon as the team takes on NYIT for the fourth time this weekend. First pitch is set for noon at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex.