2012 Golden Eagle Softball Headlines

July 3, 2012
Holly Thomas headlines softball team awards
Senior Holly Thomas was named both MVP and Best Pitcher for the 2012 season, and five other Golden Eagles have received post-season honors announced by head coach Tory Acheson.

June 14, 2012
Two Tech teams honored by NCAA with APR Public Recognition Awards
Tennessee Tech’s softball and women’s golf teams are among those who received Public Recognition Awards Thursday from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for top academic performance.

May 31, 2012
Thomas, Floyd named to College Sports Madness All-OVC First Team
Tennessee Tech senior Holly Thomas earned her second post-season accolade and sophomore Kayla Floyd notched her first as both made the College Sports Madness All-OVC softball first team.

May 21, 2012
Bonnie Bynum returns to Tech to join Golden Eagle softball coaching staff
The most successful pitcher in Ohio Valley Conference history, Bonnie Bynum is returning to her alma mater to join the Tennessee Tech softball program as assistant coach.

May 12, 2012
Golden Eagles win, force one-game showdown for OVC Championship
Tennessee Tech shocked top-seeded UT Martin Saturday, winning 3-1 to force a second meeting at 3 p.m. It sets up a one-game showdown to see which team will capture the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

May 12, 2012
Cinderella story ends as Tech falls in championship game
After beating each of the top four seeds in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, including top-seeded UT Martin to force the if-necessary game, the Tennessee Tech softball team ran out of magic as the Skyhawks took a 6-2 win.

May 11, 2012
Golden Eagles fall to top seed in OVC Tournament
After winning its two biggest games of the season on Thursday, the Tennessee Tech softball team was unable to keep the magic flowing on Friday, losing to UT-Martin 6-2.

May 10, 2012
Seniors, final inning rally lift Tech past EIU Panthers, 3-1
Senior Holly Thomas pitched her second complete game of the day and senior Brooke Basten delivered a two-run single to highlight a seventh-inning rally that lifted the Golden Eagles to a 3-1 win over No. 2 seed Eastern Illinois at the OVC Softball Tournament Thursday afternoon.

May 10, 2012
Golden Eagles knock off Jacksonville State to advance in winner's bracket
With one swing of the bat, sophomore Kendall Hooper gave the Tennessee Tech softball team a two-run lead it would not relinquish as the Golden Eagles beat Jacksonville State 2-1 in the opening game of the OVC Tournament.

May 9, 2012
Softball opens against Jacksonville State in OVC Tourney
For the 17th time in its 18 years of existence, the Ohio Valley Conference Softball Tournament will include Tennessee Tech. The Golden Eagles are the sixth seed and will play third-seed Jacksonville State Thursday.

May 9, 2012
Holly Thomas named first team All-OVC
For her efforts in leading the Tennessee Tech softball team to its 17th Ohio Valley Conference Tournament appearance, senior pitcher Holly Thomas has been named first team All-OVC.

May 7, 2012
Softball games to be broadcast on 106.1 FM The Eagle
The Golden Eagles will be making their debut on the all-new 106.1 The Eagle in Cookeville as the Fox Sports affiliate will air Tech's 2012 OVC Tournament games.

May 6, 2012
Golden Eagles drop two, advance to OVC Tournament
The Tennessee Tech softball team allowed only three earned runs over two games on Sunday, but couldn't get the offensive support it needed, losing a pair to Morehead State.

May 5, 2012
Golden Eagles breeze by Morehead State on Saturday
A seven-run fifth inning and great pitching by Holly Thomas propelled the Tennessee Tech softball team to an 11-2 victory at Morehead State on Saturday.

May 4, 2012
Tech wraps up regular season looking for a higher seed in OVC Tourney
With seeds two through six in the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament up for grabs, the Tennessee Tech softball team travels to Morehead, Ky. this weekend for three games against the Eagles.

April 29, 2012
Schweitzer, Hooper named NSCA Strength All-Americans
Senior Scott Schweitzer (football) and sophomore Kendall Hooper (softball) have earned Tennessee Tech's annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year awards.

April 28, 2012
Golden Eagles drop a pair to Bulldogs Saturday
The Tennessee Tech softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games at Mississippi State on Saturday, but came one step closer to the 2012 OVC tournament with some help from other teams around the league.

April 27, 2012
Tech travels to SEC country to face Mississippi State Saturday
The 2012 Tennessee Tech softball season may be winding down, but the competition is as stiff as ever as the Golden Eagles face the Bulldogs of Mississippi State in a Saturday twinbill.

April 25, 2012
Appalachian State hands Tech a pair of losses on final home day
Appalachian State rained on the Tennessee Tech softball team's final homestand as the Mountaineers took two games by scores of 5-2 and 14-4.

April 24, 2012
Offense lights up the night as softball beats Bucs twice
Seven Golden Eagles drove in runs and four drove in multiple as the Tennessee Tech softball team won games of 5-1 and 11-3 over East Tennessee State on Tuesday

April 23, 2012
Golden Eagles to host two midweek twinbills
The Tennessee Tech softball team is stepping outside of the Ohio Valley Conference this week, hosting East Tennessee State on Tuesday and Appalachian State on Wednesday.

April 22, 2012
Softball sweeps SIUE on Senior Day Sunday
The Tennessee Tech softball team got one step closer to the OVC Tournament by winning a pair of Senior Day games over SIU Edwardsville by scores of 7-1 and 2-0 on Sunday.

April 21, 2012
Everett, Sakamoto go yard as Tech tops SIU Edwardsville Saturday
Samantha Everett and Angi Sakamoto hit solo home runs in the fourth inning to lead the Tennessee Tech softball team to a 4-2 win over SIU Edwardsville on Saturday

April 20, 2012
Golden Eagles to host senior day, final home weekend series
Three Golden Eagles will be honored on Sunday as the Tennessee Tech softball team hosts SIU Edwardsville in a three-game series starting Saturday at 1 p.m.

April 18, 2012
Former softball players Bayless, Lovelady to be honored Saturday
Six All-OVC selections, five OVC All-Tournament nods, four OVC championship rings, and three years together on the Tennessee Tech softball team. It all adds up to two former players whose names will be added to the TTU Softball Wall of Honor this weekend.

April 17, 2012
Rain cuts softball short at Cumberland Tuesday
As the Golden Eagles led 2-0 in the second inning, heavy rains moved into the area and forced the cancellation of the Tennessee Tech softball team's game against the Cumberland Bulldogs.

April 16, 2012
Golden Eagles to make short trip to face Cumberland Tuesday
Looking to tune up with mid-week game, the Tennessee Tech softball team will visit Cumberland University Tuesday at 4 p.m.

April 15, 2012
Led by pitching, Panthers take two in softball Sunday
Strong pitching by the Eastern Illinois softball team led the Panthers to a pair of wins over Tennessee Tech on Sunday in Charleston.

April 13, 2012
Charging Golden Eagles take to Charleston for three against EIU
With just three conference series remaining in the season, the Tennessee Tech softball team faces three games this weekend in an attempt to secure its seat in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

April 12, 2012
Thomas, offense conquer Colonels twice in Thursday twinbill
Holly Thomas struck out 10 batters in an opening-game, 3-2 victory and the offense backed Taylor Ketchum's four-hitter in a 10-2 nightcap win as the Golden Eagle softball team swept both games from Eastern Kentucky Thursday afternoon.

April 10, 2012
Golden Eagles unable to contain Chattanooga offense
The Tennessee Tech softball team was unable to contain the explosive offense of Chattanooga on Tuesday, falling to the Lady Mocs 8-0.

April 9, 2012
Golden Eagles take a break from OVC play to face Chattanooga Tuesday
After playing ten consecutive Ohio Valley Conference games, the Tennessee Tech softball team will take to the road Tuesday to face Chattanooga.

April 7, 2012
Golden Eagles blank Murray State behind stellar effort from Thomas
Holly Thomas struck out a season-high 10 batters and the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles blanked Murray State, 4-0, Saturday afternoon to win the final game of the OVC series.

April 6, 2012
Golden Eagles unable to overcome Racer defense on Friday
The Tennessee Tech softball team managed to get ten hits Friday, but was unable to bring in a run as the Racers of Murray State picked up a pair of one-run wins in Cookeville.

April 5, 2012
Tech looks to tame Racers, move up in OVC standings
With just two home Ohio Valley Conference series remaining, the Tennessee Tech softball team is in striking position to make a run in the OVC Standings.

April 4, 2012
Softball doubleheader cancelled due to lightning
With persistent lightning in the Richmond area Wednesday, the Tennessee Tech softball team was forced to cancel its doubleheader with Eastern Kentucky.

April 3, 2012
Tech hosts Eastern Kentucky in a battle for OVC positioning
After lightning forced the cancellation of a doubleheader in Richmond last week, the Tennessee Tech softball team will play two against Eastern Kentucky at home on Thursday.

April 3, 2012
Golden Eagles look to continue improving in OVC Standings
The Tennessee Tech softball team has won five of its last seven Ohio Valley Conference matchups and could improve its ranking to as high as second this week. The Golden Eagles travel to Richmond, Ky. Wednesday for two games against the Colonels.

April 1, 2012
Wild finish as Golden Eagles beat SEMO to take the series
Down to its final strike and down one run, the Tennessee Tech softball team needed some assistance to come back to beat the Redhawks Sunday.

March 31, 2012
Taylor Ketchum pitches best game of her career as Tech splits with SEMO Saturday
With a career-high ten strikeouts, freshman Taylor Ketchum led the Tennessee Tech softball team to a 6-1 win over Ohio Valley Conference rival Southeast Missouri after falling to the Redhawks in game one.

March 30, 2012
Softball Series: Golden Eagles host SEMO for three this weekend
The Golden Eagle softball team hosts Southeast Missouri this weekend in a crucial three-game Ohio Valley Conference series. Admission is free, with a doubleheader Saturday and single game slated for Sunday. Action begins at 1 p.m. each day.

March 29, 2012
Holly Thomas pitches another gem as Tech tops Gamecocks on the road
Once she found her groove, senior Holly Thomas was unstoppable on Thursday, pitching a three-hit, 4-1 win over the first-place Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

March 28, 2012
Golden Eagles go on road to wrap up series against Jacksonville State
Coming off of a winning weekend at Tennessee State, the Tennessee Tech softball team heads to Jacksonville State to finish out the regular-season series with the Gamecocks on Thursday.

March 25, 2012
Holly Thomas deals near-perfect game as Tech splits at TSU
Holly Thomas allowed just one runner to reach base all day as she led the Golden Eagles to victory over the Tigers of Tennessee State on Sunday in game one of the doubleheader.

March 24, 2012
Golden Eagles win rain-interrupted game in Nashville
With heavy rains in the area, the Tennessee Tech softball team was only able to play one game today at Tennessee State. The Golden Eagles made it count, topping the Tigers 5-3 in a nearly four-hour contest.

March 22, 2012
Thursday game against Belmont rained out
For the second time this season, the Tennessee Tech softball team has tried to host the Belmont Bruins. And for the second time this season, rain has gotten in the way.

March 21, 2012
Proficient pitching aids Gamecocks past Golden Eagles
Jacksonville State relied on strong pitching performances as it picked up a pair of wins over the Tennessee Tech softball team on Wednesday. The Gamecocks topped the Golden Eagles by scores of 6-0 and 5-1.

March 20, 2012
Softball to face six-game stretch in five days
The Tennessee Tech softball is gearing up for a stretch of six games against current and future Ohio Valley Conference teams. The Golden Eagles will host Jacksonville State and Belmont, then take to the road to play Tennessee State this weekend.

March 18, 2012
Skyhawks Steal Two Sunday in Cookeville
After suspending game two on Saturday in the second inning, the Tennessee Tech softball team had to resume play on Sunday against UT-Martin. The Skyhawks took both on the day, winning 6-0 and 3-1.

March 17, 2012
Weather suspends half of Golden Eagles' doubleheader vs. UT-Martin
After just an inning and a half into the second game of the day, inclement weather moved in and forced play between Tennessee Tech and UT-Martin to be suspended. That game will resume from that point on Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the regularly-scheduled game.

March 15, 2012
Golden Eagles look to stay unbeaten in OVC play as Skyhawks visit for three
The Tennessee Tech softball team, unbeaten in Ohio Valley Conference play, hosts UT Martin this weekend in a key, three-game league series, beginning with a Saturday doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m.

March 13, 2012
Golden Eagles edged at WKU in 1-0 pitcher's duel
Tech pitchers Claudia Harke and Taylor Ketchum held Western Kentucky to three hits Tuesday, but the Golden Eagle offense was also held to three hits as the Hilltoppers claimed a 1-0 victory.

March 12, 2012
Softball, football teams honored by State House and Senate in Capital presentations
The Tennessee Tech softball and football teams had players and coaches at the state capital Monday for special proclamations from the House of Representatives and Senate, recognizing both teams' success.

March 11, 2012
Holly Thomas pitches Tech to marathon victory at APSU
It took 11 innings, but senior Holly Thomas and the Tennessee Tech softball team earned a sweep of Austin Peay to open Ohio Valley Conference play. Thomas picked up her second win of the weekend, hurling 18 total innings.

March 10, 2012
Golden Eagles start off OVC on right foot
The Tennessee Tech softball team found its groove behind seniors Holly Thomas and Brooke Basten en route to winning a pair of games at Austin Peay Saturday.

March 8, 2012
Thursday doubleheader with Belmont rained out
Rain moving quickly across the state has forced Tennessee Tech softball coach Tory Acheson to cancel the Thursday afternoon doubleheader with Belmont. A makeup date has not yet been set.

March 7, 2012
Softball team to host special breast cancer awareness event March 17
The Tennessee Tech softball team will host a special breast cancer awareness event at its game on Saturday, March 17. The event will be for the memory of Sharon Speiser, who was mother and aunt to four former Golden Eagle players.

March 6, 2012
Mastadons pick up a pair of wins in Tech's home opener
Strong pitching performances by IPFW helped the Mastadons snag two wins in Cookeville on Tuesday, as the Golden Eagles opened home softball play.

March 5, 2012
Golden Eagles open home play with pair of doubleheaders
After last weekend was cut short due to inclement weather, the Tennessee Tech softball team comes home to host a pair of doubleheaders to open its 2012 home schedule. The Golden Eagles will face IPFW Tuesday and Belmont Thursday.

March 2, 2012
Georgia State narrowly escapes Tennessee Tech
The Tennessee Tech softball team wasted no time in putting up five runs in the opening inning Friday, but Georgia State was able to mount a comeback to take an 8-7 victory in TTU’s opening game of the Buzz Classic

February 29, 2012
Golden Eagles look to make noise at Buzz Classic
Entering its final weekend of tournament play, the Tennessee Tech softball team will travel to Woodstock, Ga. to take part in the Buzz Classic, hosted by Georgia Tech. While the Golden Eagles will not face the Yellow Jackets, they will take on four solid teams this weekend.

February 26, 2012
Tech tops Cardinals with two-out walkoff
Seniors Holly Thomas and Brooke Basten highlight Tech's 3-2 win over Ball State on Sunday that ended in dramatic fashion. Basten's two-out, bases-loaded single sealed the game after Thomas pitched an eight-strikeout gem.

February 25, 2012
Troy, Belmont squeak by Golden Eagles in Chattanooga
The Tennessee Tech softball team rallied for five unanswered runs in its first game of the day, but came up just one run shy both Belmont and Troy on day two of the Frost Classic.

February 24, 2012
Golden Eagles split first day of Frost Classic
Tennessee Tech scored in each of the final five innings of its second game of the Frost Classic on Friday to beat Dayton by a score of 8-2 on a windy day in Chattanooga. The Golden Eagles relied on solid pitching and smart base running to earn the victory.

February 22, 2012
Golden Eagles head to Scenic City for Frost Classic
The Tennessee Tech softball team has won four of its last five games and looks to carry that momentum into the annual Frost Classic hosted by UT-Chattanooga. The Golden Eagles will face five different teams over the course of the three-day event.

February 19, 2012
Offensive fireworks lead Tech to 9-7 win over Connecticut
Sophomore Cassie Garrett had four hits, including two doubles, and was one of five Golden Eagles with multi-hit games as the Tennessee Tech softball team erupted for 15 hits to claim a 9-7 comeback victory over Connecticut Sunday to wrap up play at the Georgia Bulldog Classic.

February 18, 2012
Golden Eagles edge Winthrop in nine innings; UConn game suspended
Tennessee Tech rallied late in the game, then overcame a couple of Winthrop rallies that each forced extra innings as the Golden Eagles claimed 5-4 victory Saturday in nine innings in the team's first game of the day at the Bulldog Classic. The game with UConn was suspended in the third inning, and will be resumed Sunday at 11 a.m.

February 17, 2012
Golden Eagles top Buffalo, fall to Georgia on Bulldog Classic opening day
Expecting to play just one game Friday, the Tennessee Tech softball team split a pair of games on the first day of action at the University of Georgia Bulldogs Classic. Tech beat Buffalo, 3-0, and fell to Georgia, 6-1.

February 15, 2012
Former Tech softball star Dallmann selected as Teacher of the Year
Former Tennessee Tech softball star Stephanie Dallmann earned plenty of honors during her playing career with the Golden Eagles. This week she received an honor of a different type when she was selected as District Teacher of the Year.

February 15, 2012
Golden Eagles look to improve record at Georgia Softball Classic
The Tennessee Tech softball team travels to Athens, Ga., this weekend to take part in a six-team tournament hosted by No. 14 Georgia. The Golden Eagles are scheduled to play five games in three days, concluding Sunday with a game against the nationally ranked Bulldogs.

February 12, 2012
Thomas pitches Golden Eagles to season's first win
Senior Holly Thomas didn't allow an earned run and got five combined hits from Chanelle Spalding and Kalya Floyd as Tennessee Tech earned a 3-2 victory over Stephen F. Austin early Sunday morning to win the consolation title at the Seminole Classic.

February 11, 2012
Softball team opens season this weekend at Florida State tourney
The Tennessee Tech softball team puts the 2012 season into motion this weekend when it plays at the Seminole Classic in Tallahassee, hosted by Florida State University. Tech meets Ole Miss Friday morning in the season opener.

February 11, 2012
Ain't no sunshine: Softball team handed two losses by Florida State
The Tennessee Tech softball team dropped two games to host Florida State Saturday in the Seminole Classic in Tallahassee, losing the first by a 5-2 count and the second in an 8-0, six-inning contest.

February 10, 2012
Rebels, 'Jacks top Tech in first day of Seminole Classic
The Golden Eagle softball team faced stiff opposition to open its 2012 campaign at the Seminole Classic in Tallahassee, Fla. on Friday. Senior Samantha Everett went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and several newcomers made their debuts in the purple and gold.

February 9, 2012
Leadership a key to Golden Eagles' return to prominence in '12
Depth looks to be the key ingredient for the Tennessee Tech softball team as the Golden Eagles bid for their fifth OVC regular-season title in the last 11 years. The squad returns 13 players from a year ago, providing much-needed experience and leadership.

January 25, 2012
TTU softball schedule begins with four tournaments, features 30 familiar opponents
Coach Tory Acheson hopes the Tech softball team’s winning ways against friendly rivals continues in 2012 as his squad embarks on a 57-game slate, including 21 homes games, four early season tournaments and two new opponents.

December 8, 2011
Softball program adds standouts from Tennessee, Virginia and California
The Tennessee Tech softball team has been bolstered for the coming years with coach Tory Acheson's recent signing of three high school standouts hailing from Tennessee, California and Virginia.

September 29, 2011
THE BEST: Softball team tops Division I in academics...again
For the second time in four years, the Tennessee Tech softball team has been recognized as earning the highest Division I team GPA in the nation. The Golden Eagles posted a combined 3.619 GPA in 2010-11.

September 23, 2011
Golden Eagles lend helping hand to Habitat for Humanity
The Tennessee Tech softball team took time out of its fall season to help those in need by participating in Habitat for Humanity's Women's Build 2011. Members of the team came in shifts between classes to work on the home, being built for a single mother.

September 16, 2011
A day in the life of: Golden Eagle pitcher Holly Thomas
Ever wonder what the Golden Eagles do when they aren't competing? A new series titled "A Day In The Life Of" gives fans a chance to go behind-the-scenes with student-athletes. The first installment features softball pitcher Holly Thomas.

September 15, 2011
Softball team hosts Chattanooga State in pair Saturday afternoon
With 12 new players taking the field this year, Tennessee Tech softball coach Tory Acheson has some work to do. So, he's digging in this fall by putting the Golden Eagles into action, including a doubleheader on Saturday.

August 1, 2011
Golden Eagle softball adds three more signees to roster for 2012
A pair of junior college sluggers from Texas and Tennessee, and an in-state power-hitting high school infielder are Tennessee Tech softball coach Tory Acheson’s recent signees who will begin their Golden Eagle careers this year.

June 3, 2011
Tory Acheson, Golden Eagles to host Championship Softball Mini Camp
Tennessee Tech softball coach Tory Acheson, along with current and former Golden Eagles, will host the annual Championship Softball Mini Camp, June 12-14