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Tech drops a pair at defending OVC champ EIU

CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Tennessee Tech baseball team continued Ohio Valley Conference play Sunday, dropping a double header at defending champion Eastern Illinois, 25-5 and 2-0.

The teams played two seven inning games Sunday after a double header was rained out on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles (11-10) couldn’t get out of their own way in the first game, committing seven errors, while walking 10 batters and allowing nine unearned runs.

Eastern Illinois (17-5) led 4-0 after the first inning, and rallied for 12 runs in the second, putting Tech away for good. The Golden Eagles would get a pair of runs in the fourth inning off a Brandon Crossman two-run homer which scored Chad Oberacker, but the Panthers had an answer, scoring two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame.

Freshman Ben Burgess went 3-for-3 from the plate in the first game, with an RBI, and Crossman went 2-for-3 with three RBI along with his home run. Kirby-Jones went 2-for-4 and scored a run in the contest.

Ryan Dennick pitched 2.2 innings in relief, and all seven runs he allowed were unearned.

The second game was a different story. With Jared Dobbs getting the start, and working 2.2 innings, and Lee Henry pitching 3.1 innings without allowing a hit, the Tech defense allowed just two runs on four hits without committing an error. However, this time Tech pitchers had no run support, as Mike Recchia pitched a complete game two-hit shutout for the Panthers.

Dobbs didn’t allow a walk while striking out three batters in his effort, before Henry allowed only one base-runner, giving up a walk in the 3.1 innings he pitched.

Kirby-Jones and Oberacker each had a hit in the second game, but the Tech bats couldn’t find an answer for Recchia.

Burgess and Kirby-Jones each went 3-for-65 from the plate for the day, while Trice Powers had one hit in two at-bats. Crossman went 2-for-6 in the two games, with a team-high three RBIs.

The Golden Eagles return home for a single game on Tuesday, March 31 against Alabama A&M of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Tech leads the all-time series against the Bulldogs 1-0. The game starts at 6 p.m. in Bush Stadium. Admission of free.