Schmissrauter throws perfect game, Tech run-rules a pair

GALLATIN, Tenn. - Sophomore Maddie Schmissrauter pitched the third perfect game in Tennessee Tech softball history on Tuesday as the Golden Eagles swept Volunteer State 11-0 and 10-1.

Schmissrauter (11-10) struck out four in the five inning contest, allowing only two balls to reach the outfield. The Lady Pioneers (33-14) were helpless as Schmissrauter became the first Tech pitcher since 1997 to throw a perfect game. Freshman Whitney Cummings led the Golden Eagles (26-29, 10-12 OVC) from the plate, going 3-3 with five RBIs and two runs scored. She was just a triple shy of the cycle, hitting her 15th double and eighth home run of the year, a three run shot in the first game.

Sophomore Katie Betry followed up Cummings' double with her first triple, just the second for the Golden Eagles this year.

Sophomore Kaleigh Gates went 2-3 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.

In the second game, freshman Cassidy Skeen went 3-3, scoring twice and driving in three as Tech took the 11-1 victory. Fellow freshman Brooke Basten also had an great performance, scoring two runs on her three hits.

Freshman Holly Thomas (14-15) picked up the win in the circle, striking out four and allowing just three hits and one run.

The Golden Eagles must now wait to see if they will qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament next week. Tech is currently ranked fifth in the conference and must finish in the top six to qualify. With no more OVC games remaining on the schedule, the Golden Eagles must rely on losses by Tennessee State and Eastern Illinois to maintain their ranking.