Golden Eagles split on day one of the OVC Tournament
May 13, 2010
MARTIN, Tenn. – A three-run ninth inning propelled the
Tennessee Tech softball team to a 6-3 extra-innings victory against
third-seed Morehead State in the first game of the OVC Tournament
before the Golden Eagles ran into a hot-hitting Jacksonville State
team and fell, 10-4, at Bettye Giles Field in Martin, Tenn.
With the split, Tech (26-29) advances to play fifth-seed Murray
State at 11 a.m. on Friday morning in the elimination round. Murray
State lost to Eastern Illinois, 5-4, in 10 innings on Thursday.
Tech 6, Morehead State 3
Both TTU and MSU (27-24) came through with clutch hits in the
seventh inning to force the game into extras.
With the score 2-1 in favor of Morehead State in the top of the
seventh, Whitney Cummings hit a two-run homer with one out that
gave the Golden Eagles a 3-2 advantage going into the last half of
Golden Eagle starter Holly Thomas induced a pair of groundouts
to start the bottom half of the frame, putting Tech one out away
from the win, but the Eagles' Kayla Brill hit a solo homer with two
outs to knot the score at 3-3 and force extra innings.
Neither team scored in the eighth inning, but Tech broke through
in the top of the ninth to grab a 6-3 advantage. Kaleigh Gates, who
was recently named to the all-OVC second-team, started the rally
with a one-out double to center field. Cummings was beamed with a
3-2 pitch to put runners on first and second, and Callie Schmidt
worked a 2-2 count into a walk to load the bases.
Lacie Coquerille came to the plate next for Tech and delivered,
just as she has all season long. The team's leading hitter with
runners in scoring position, Coquerille roped a double to
left-center that scored Gates and Cummings, giving Tech a 5-3 lead.
After Abbey Hayes walked to again load the bases, Samantha Everett
tacked on one more run with an RBI groundout.
Thomas held the Eagles scoreless in the ninth to preserve the
TTU victory. She pitched all nine innings for the Golden Eagles as
she recorded her 11th complete game and 14th
victory of the season after tossing 157 pitches (98 strikes).
Thomas struck out three and allowed just two earned runs in
improving to 14-13 this season.
The Golden Eagles gave Thomas a one-run cushion early on as
Jordan Leff tripled to deep right field, bringing home Everett for
the game's first run in the second inning.
Morehead State battled back, tying the game in the fourth before
taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth to set up the dramatic seventh
For the second season in a row, the Golden Eagles, the sixth
seed, upset a higher seed to advance to the winners' side of the
Cummings finished 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs
scored and two RBIs, while Everett was also 2-for-4 with a double,
one run scored and one RBI. Leff and Coquerille also had a pair of
hits for Tech as the Golden Eagles pounded out 11 hits for the
Jacksonville State 10, Tech 4
Jacksonville State (28-27) put a two-spot on the scoreboard in the
bottom of the first, but Tech battled back in the top of the second
Cummings started the second with a walk and Callie Schmidt
followed with her ninth home run of the season to tie the score at
Still in the second, Brittney Spalding hit a single to left and
found herself at third after a pair of wild pitches by JSU starting
pitcher Ashley Eliasson. Two batters later, Jordan Leff took a walk
and stole second base to put two runners in scoring position with
two outs. Melody Christian took advantage of the RBI opportunity
and took a 1-2 pitch to left field for a single that plated both
runners, giving TTU a 4-2 advantage.
The Gamecocks kept on hitting though and would put up runs in
each of the next three innings. After a single run in the second,
JSU rallied for five in the third inning and two in the fourth to
take a 10-4 lead.
The Golden Eagles would get no closer as Eliasson did not allow
a hit following the second inning.
Seven different Tech players reached base for the game, led by
Schmidt who finished the game 1-for-3 with a homer and two
Maddie Schmissrauter started the game for Tech and allowed just
three earned runs over three innings without allowing a walk. Five
unearned runs also crossed the plate while she was in the circle as
she took the loss to fall to 9-8 overall on the season.
Cummings pitched the final three innings of relief and did not
allow a run.
Live stats for Tech's third game of the OVC Tournament will be
available through Jacksonville State's Web site,
JSUgamecocksports.com, or by clicking here. The game is also available with streaming
audio through Teamline or video through OVCsports.tv. To access the
audio broadcast, click here.
2010 Ohio Valley Conference Softball Tournament
13 Game 1 - #3 Morehead State vs. #6 Tennessee Tech –
Tech 6, Morehead State 3
Game 2 - #4 Eastern Illinois vs. #5 Murray State –
Eastern Illinois 5, Murray State 4
Game 3 - #2 Jacksonville State vs. #6 Tennessee Tech –
Jacksonville State 10, Tech 4
Game 4 - #1 UT Martin vs. #4 Eastern Illinois –
14 Game 5 – #5 Murray State vs. #6 Tennessee
Tech – 11:00 a.m. Game 6 – #3 Morehead State vs. Game 4 loser
– 1:30 p.m. Game 7 – Game 4 winner vs. #2 Jacksonville
State – 4:00 p.m. Game 8 – Game 6 winner vs. Game 5 winner
– 6:30 p.m.
15 Game 9 – Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 winner
– 11:00 a.m. Game 10 – Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner
– 1:30 p.m. (if necessary Game 11 follows at 4:00 p.m.)