March 19, 2013

Tech visits Lipscomb for Wednesday doubleheader


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech softball team finally returns to the dirt Wednesday afternoon in preparation for its home and Ohio Valley Conference opener following four cancellations last week. The Golden Eagles travel to Nashville to play in a doubleheader at Lipscomb. The first pitch will be at tossed at 4 p.m. 

The Golden Eagles downed Thomas University (Ga.), 6-0, Wednesday as sophomores Taylor Ketchum and Erica Tuck gave up a combined five hits in the Golden Eagles' third shutout of the season. Angi Sakamoto blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to score Tech's final runs, while six different Golden Eagles crossed home plate. 

Taylor, Tech's top offensive freshman, is second on the team with a .380 batting average, and a second-best 10 RBI. The Golden Eagles have been seeing quality time from fellow freshman Cortney Fry and newcomer Chelsea Burgess. Fry has a perfect fielding percentage while Burgess has been vital at the plate with a team-high four extra-base hits.

Taylor Ketchum (8-3) continues to give strong performances in the circle, with a 2.59 era. Behind Ketchum, senior Claudia Harke (2-3) has pitched 26.2 innings for the purple and gold, while Hannah Weaver (1-1) notched her first career win as a Golden Eagle over Maine in her first complete game. 

All-Time Series
Tech vs.
Lipscomb: 11-8, Despite the short distance seperating the Lady Bisons and the Golden Eagles, the two teams haven't paired off since 2010. Tech dropped both ends of a doubleheader in Cookeville, 5-0 and 1-2. 

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