April 9, 2013

Tech faces toughest challenge of the season: Golden Eagles travel to #3/5 Tennessee


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech softball team will face its toughest challenge of the 2013 season when it travels to #3/5 Tennessee. The Lady Vols, ranked third and fifth in ESPN.com/USA Softball and NCAA rankings, will play host to the Golden Eagles in a single game Wednesday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST.

The Golden Eagles (16-17, 5-4 OVC) take a break from conference action after stringing together three-straight conference victories. Tech's bats came alive in a 9-1, six inning win over the Southeast Missouri Redhawks but, the highlight of the weekend's match-ups was senior Claudia Harke's two-shutout performance. The right-hander pitched a gem against UT Martin in a 3-0 shutout  Saturday, striking out four batters, including a career high three called strikeouts. The senior followed with a career high five strikeouts in the 4-0 shutout against SEMO Sunday. 

Supporting the senior were three power hitters. Angi Sakamoto, Kendall Hooper and freshman Olivia Bennett blasted big hits for the Golden Eagles. Sakamoto was the first to send a deep shot over the fence in Tech's first game against SEMO. The sophomore sent a shot over left field for a three-run homer. Just three innings later, Hooper blasted a double and following suit was Bennett, only Bennett's hit ended as a walk-off home run for the Purple and Gold. 

Hooper and Bennett have proved to be quite a tandem. In Tech's outing against East Tennessee State, the pair knocked back-to-back home runs for the Golden Eagles. 

All-Time Series
Tech vs.
Tennessee: Tennessee leads the series 16-0, The last time the Golden Eagles took on the Lady Vols was in 2010. Tennessee took the contest 11-2. 


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