February 9, 2009

Cummings, Schmissrauter lead Tech to 3-1 win over Chattanooga

Cummings, Thomas named all-tournament

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Whitney Cummings blasted a two-run home run, Holly Thomas hit a solo shot and Maddie Schmissrauter tossed a complete game as the Tennessee Tech softball team wrapped up play at the Chattanooga Challenge Sunday with a 3-1 victory over the host Mocs, the third straight win for coach Tory Acheson's Golden Eagles (3-2).

Cummings and Thomas were named to the all-tournament team.

Schmissrauter (2-1) worked seven innings without allowing an earned run, stranding seven UTC runners on base. She scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out seven Moc batters.

UTC pitcher Kandice Irwin (2-1) took the loss, working seven innings and allowing four hits and three runs. She struck out six and didn't walk anybody.

The Tech offense came from the long ball. After three scoreless innings, Tech struck with a two-run blast from Cummings, a shot to right centerfield, scoring Lacie Coquerille who opened the inning by drawing a walk.

Tech got its third run in the sixth when Thomas ripped a two-out, line shot down the left field line.

Chattanooga loaded the bases in the third with two hits and a walk, but Schmissrauter got a strikeout to end the threat.

The Mocs tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth, but Schmissrauter got out of a jam allowing one unearned run and stranding two runners.

The Golden Eagles play in the Kennesaw State Tournament next weekend. Tech will face Wright State and WIU-Edwardsville on Friday, then meet the host team Saturday, before advancing to a playoff round.

2009 Chattanooga Challenge All-Tournament Team
Most Outstanding Player: Ashlan Williams, Troy

P- Ashlan Williams, Troy
P-Kandice Irwin, UTC
IF-Michelle Fuzzard, UTC
IF-Tiffany Baker, UTC
IF-Karlie Love, Campbell
IF-Amanda Miller, Campbell
IF-Whitney Cummings, TTU
OF-Heidi Johnson, Troy
OF-Tasha Elmore, Troy
OF-Holly Thomas, TTU
DP-Jenna Rhodes, VT