Tech softball opens home schedule with a pair of wins against Middle Tennessee, NC State

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech softball team enjoyed some home cooking as it opened its 2011 home schedule with wins over in-state rival Middle Tennessee and NC State at the Tech Combat Classic.

The Golden Eagles started the day with a 6-0 victory over MTSU, riding the shoulders of junior pitcher Holly Thomas as she pitched seven shutout innings, en route to her fifth victory of the season. Thomas allowed just three hits on the day, while striking out seven, for her third shutout of the season.
The Tech offense broke the game open in the in the second inning, as the Golden Eagles scored four runs, including three off of RBI singles, to put Tech up 4-0.
Sophomore Melody Christian, who recorded three hits and three RBI, drove in a Tech run in the fourth and sixth innings to put Tech up 6-0. Sophomore Brittany Spalding crossed the plate three times.
Tech finished day one of the Tech Combat Classic with a 3-1 win over NC State.
Junior Whitney Cummings earned her second victory of the season, as she pitched seven innings, while giving up one run and striking out five.
The Golden Eagles opened up the scoring in the third inning scoring a pair of runs off of three hits and one Wolfpack error. Tech added an insurance run off the bat of sophomore Chanelle Spalding to increase its lead to 3-0.
NC State managed to score on run in the top of the seventh, but Cummings held firm as she completed her first game of the season for a 3-1 Golden Eagle victory.
Tech (7-7) hosts Belmont and Louisville in day two of the Tech Combat Classic Saturday. Game times are set for 12:30 and 3 p.m.