March 24, 2011

Four Golden Eagle teams in action this weekend, all on the road

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech's baseball, softball, tennis and track & field teams are all in action this weekend, and all on the road. Those four Golden Eagle squads will be representing the university in Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee.

The Tennis team faces the first action of the weekend, playing Friday at Radford University in the first of three consecutive days of matches. The Golden Eagle baseball team heads to Edwardsville, Ill., to play a three-day, three-game series against SIU Edwardsville. The women's track & field team will be in Nashville Friday afternoon and most of Saturday for the Vanderbilt Invitational. Finally, the Tech softball team heads to Murray State for a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series against the Racers.


TENNIS PLAYS THREE MATCHES AT RADFORD

Head coach Keny Doyle's team faces a busy weekend, with three matches in three days at Radford University. The Golden Eagles open the weekend Friday against the host Highlanders at 3 p.m. Radford is currently ranked 73rd. Radford brings a 12-3 overall record into the match, including an eight-match winning streak and 11 of the last 12.

On Saturday, Tech returns to the Radford courts to play UNC Charlotte at 3 p.m. The 49ers hold a 3-13 overall record including losses in 10 straight matches. Tech's visit to the Commonwealth of Virginia wraps up appropriately with a match Sunday against George Washington University. The Colonials are 10-6 overall including a 5-0 record in A-10 conference play. GWU has won three straight and eight of its last 10. That contest is slated for 10 a.m.

Tech is 4-4 overall this season in dual matches, including a 2-0 record in OVC play. The Golden Eagles have won three straight by larger margins each outing. The string includes wins over Gardner-Webb (4-3), Jacksonville State (5-2) and Eastern Illinois (6-1).

Through the years, Tech has posted a 1-0 record against UNC Charlotte and an 0-2 mark against Radford. The match with George Washingtonwill be the first meeting between the two teams.


BASEBALL TEAM VISITS FUTURE OVC FOE SIU EDWARDSVILLE

The Golden Eagles will face off against the Cougars of SIU Edwardsville in a three-game series this weekend that will mark the first contests ever between the two opponents. Edwardsville, who will join the Ohio Valley Conference in 2012, is 5-14 on the season and is riding a three-game losing streak, having dropped games to Creighton and Valparaiso last weekend and Bradley on Wednesday night.

Game one will be played on Friday at 7 p.m., while both Saturday and Sunday’s games will be played at 1 p.m.Tech, with a record of 8-13 thus far on the season, is coming off of a hard fought, 11-2 loss to Vanderbilt on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles will throw their usual weekend rotation, starting with right-hander Tristan Archer of Friday night (3-2, 5.58 ERA in 30.2 innings pitched) followed by RHP Matt Shepherd, who leads the team with a 2.62 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 34.1 innings pitched, on Saturday.

Southpaw Chad Oberacker will cap off the series for Tech on Sunday with his 3.12 ERA and 26 Ks in 26 innings of work for Tech.

Fans who can not make it to Edwardsville for the series can follow the LiveStats here.


GOLDEN EAGLES RETURN TO FAMILIAR TRACK AT VANDERBILT

Coach Tony Cox will take a team of 26 student-athletes to the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational, including a women's team of 23 plus three men's distance runners. The meet begins Friday with the Hammer Throw, with all other events staring at 9 a.m. Saturday and running through the final event, the 4x400 relay, at 4:20 p.m.

Three Golden Eagles are scheduled to compete in the Hammer Throw, led by Ashley Mayhew who has the fifth-best mark entered in the event. Madison Borden and Haley Wennerstrom are also in the event Friday.

Tech has entries scheduled to compete in all but two events on Saturday, with senior Katherine Lynn ranked as the team's best contender. She owns the third-best effort this year among the 22 women in the high jump, trailing a pair of Vanderbilt jumpers.

In the men's events, Matthew Bishop, Kolbe Andrzejewski and Adam McLeod will run in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter events.

A field of 10 schools is scheduled to compete in the meet, incuding OVC rivals Southeast Missouri, Jacksonville State and Murray State. Also listed on the entry sheets are athletes from host Vanderbilt of the Southeastern Conference, Central Michigan and Miami (Ohio) from the Mid-America Conference, plus Lipscomb of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Click here to view the official website of the Vanderbilt meet


SOFTBALL SQUAD SQUARES OFF WITH MURRAY STATE

The softball team continues its OVC schedule as it travels to Murray State for a three-game series, beginning with a doubleheader Saturday. Coach Tory Acheson's team (13-11, 4-4 OVC) is 1-2 all-time against the Racers, which includes a 4-0 shutout in their last meeting. All three games came in Cookeville last year, in Murray State's first season of softball. Recently, the Golden Eagles split their home doubleheader against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday.

Currently sitting in 10th place in the OVC, the Racers enter the series the owners of a 5-16 overall record, including a 1-7 conference mark. In its last seven games, Murray State has compiled a 2-5 record, including a split with SIU Edwardsville in its most recent doubleheader.

The opening pitch for Saturday's first game is slated for 1 p.m., with the second game following the conclusion of the first game. Sunday's finale is also set for a 1 p.m. start.

Fans who cannot attend the games can follow the live stats at the link here.