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March 9, 2009

Golden Eagles tripped twice by No. 8 Michigan and No. 20 Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The tough early season schedule continued Sunday for the Tennessee Tech softball team, as the Golden Eagles (7-13) dropped games to No. 8 Michigan and No. 20 Louisville at the Louisville Invitational Tournament. Michigan blanked Tech 13-0 in five innings, and Louisville scored late to claim a 7-2 victory.

The Golden Eagles will visit Lipscomb University in Nashville Tuesday for a doubleheader, then return to Cookeville for their first home games of the season with a Thursday doubleheaders against Tennessee Wesleyan starting at 12 noon.

The 13-0 loss in the opener against Michigan boiled down to two words: Jordan Taylor. The Wolverine pitcher blanked the Golden Eagles with a five-inning no-hitter. She didn't walk a batter and struck out nine, facing just one batter over the minimum. Lacie Coquerille was Tech's lone base runner, reaching second on an error in the second inning.

Michigan had 13 hits in scoring its 13 runs. Maddie Schmissrauter pitched the first two innings and took the loss, while Whitney Cummings pitched the final three frames.

In the game against Louisville, Tech had a chance to grab an early lead with a second inning double by Katie Betry but couldn't bring her home. Instead, the Cardinals scored three in the bottom of the second with back-to-back singles and a three-run home run by Chelsea Bemis.

The Golden Eagles got two of those runs back in the top of the third. Jordan Leff and Kimmie White set the table with singles, and Whitney Cummings cleared the bases with a two-run double to make it 3-2.

Louisville's first run in the fifth came from a single, stolen base and RBI hit from Kristi Cunningham. Once again, Bemis delivered with an RBI double to make it 5-2. The Cardinals added their final two runs in the sixth when Kassie Stanfill singled to drive home the first run and Cunningham's double plated the final run.

Holly Thomas took the loss for Tech, working all six innings and allowing 13 hits and seven runs. She walked two and struck out one. Betry had two of Tech's seven hits off Louisville pitcher Kristen Wadwell. Cunningham was 3-for-4 and Bemis was 2-for-3 to pace the Cards.