LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Callie Schmidt delivered a three-run home run
in the second inning and freshman Holly Thomas tossed a four-hit
complete game as Tennessee Tech downed Ohio, 8-1, Saturday morning
in the first game of the Louisville Invitational.
The victory was No. 700 for Golden Eagles coach Tory Acheson during his 16-year coaching career.
In the second game of the day, Louisville scored 12 runs on 11 hits and two Cardinal pitchers limited Tech to five hits in a 12-1 victory for the host team.
The Golden Eagles (7-11) will meet Michigan and Louisville on Sunday.
After Schmidt's three-run blast had put Tech in the lead, Brooke Basten singled and two runs scored in the fourth to make it a 5-0 Golden Eagle lead against Ohio. Anna Zdroik added another run in the sixth with a pinch hit single for a 6-0 advantage.
Ohio scored its only run in the bottom of the sixth, before Thomas knocked a two-run single in the top of the seventh for the final margin.
Thomas worked seven innngs, allowing one run on four hits. She walked one and struck out three.
Starter Maddie Schmissrauter kept things close against Louisville until the fifth, but the No. 20 Cardinals broke open a 2-1 game with five runs in their half of the fifth frame. Louisville, playing as the visitor in the contest, put another five-spot on the board in the top of the seventh for the 12-1 final margin.
Tech's only run came on a leadoff home run in the bottom of the third by Lacie Coquerille, making it a tight 2-1 contest. Schmidt had two of Tech's five hits against UL.