March 22, 2013
Softball doubleheader coming a day early; Team's first home games are Friday
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech softball team will host its first home games of the year a day earlier than expected. The Golden Eagles' OVC doubleheader with Murray State, originally slated for Saturday, has been moved to Friday, beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
The Golden Eagles are looking to bounce back after two tough draws at Lipscomb Wednesday. Tech dropped both ends of a twinbill, falling 6-5 and 6-3 to the Bisons.
Despite the losses, senior Melody Christian swung .625 in the double header, collecting five hits in her eight at bats. The outfielder picked up her 11th stolen base of this season, bringing her to 77 career bases, second in the Tech record books. Brittney Spalding hit her second home run of the season, already matching her season total from 2012.
Sophomore Taylor Ketchum continues to lead bullpen with seven of Tech's 11 wins, including one save. Claudia Harke and Erica Tuck have combine for 61 innings of work while freshman Hannah Weaver has worked her way into the lineup for five games, notching one win.
Murray State: 4-5, The series has been brief between the Racers and the Golden Eagles. They have only met nine times since the first meeting in 2010. Tech went 1-2 in the regular season series but defeated Murray State 5-3 in the OVC Tournament.
- Tech is 11-11 overall after dropping two mid-week games at Lipscomb.
- As a team, Tech is hitting .279, posting 90 runs scored, 76 rbi and a .348 on-base percentage through 22 games.
- The Golden Eagle pitching staff combines for a 3.80 ERA, allowing 77 earned runs in 142.0 innings pitched.
- Two players have scored double-figure runs for the Golden Eagles, including senior Melody Christian, with a team high 19 runs and is the teams stolen bases leader.
- Christian is third in the OVC with 11 stolen bases on 12 attempts.
- Freshman Madison Taylor has a .339 batting average, collecting a multiple career-firsts during the opening weekend, including her three hits, four putouts, and 2 rbi.
- Three Golden Eagles have recorded triples, including newcomer Chelsea Burgess.
- Three Golden Eagles have hit Home Runs (B. Spalding, Taylor, Eldridge)
- Ketchum was named adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week. Ketchum gave up just two hits in 10 innings of work.
- In a trip to the sunshine state, Tech ended the Under Armour Showcase 3-2, with key wins over Maine, LIU Brooklyn and Providence.
- Tech finished the Purple and Gold Challenge 0-1, losing it's only contest to IPFW 8-0.
- Tech posted a 2-2 record at the KSU Classic. The Golden Eagles opened the tournament sweeping its first two games with wins over Liberty (8 innings) and Mercer.
- The Golden Eagles finished the Eagle Round Robin hosted by Georgia Southern with a 2-2 record. The weekend was highlighted by a 3-1 victory over Akron as sophomore Taylor Ketchum threw a one-hitter Feb. 10.
- First year head coach Bonnie Bynum picked up her first win at Tennessee Tech after the team downed St. John's, 4-3. The Golden Eagles defeated St. John's thanks to a walk-off single by senior Chanelle Spalding, marking the first win against the Red Storm in program history and the first road victory of the 2013 season.