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Thomas tames Tigers in one-hit shutout

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- A one-hitter by Holly Thomas helped the Tennessee Tech softball team to a second win over Tennessee State on Saturday. The Golden Eagles (18-24,7-9 OVC) shut out the Tigers in both games, taking the first game 8-0 and the second 2-0.

Thomas struck out eight, picking up her ninth win of the year. That performance was preceded by a six-hit shutout thrown by the duo of Maddie Schmissrauter and Whitney Cummings. Schmissrauter pitched five innings and struck out four while getting her sixth win of the season. Cummings entered the game in the sixth, giving up two hits in two innings and struck out one.

In the first game, TSU (10-27,5-11 OVC) loaded the bases in the second, but left all three stranded. That opened the door for Tech in the third as back-to-back walks set up junior Callie Schmidt who singled down the right field line, scoring one. After a fielder's choice added another run, Schmidt came around to score off a single by junior Lacie Coquerille, putting Tech up 3-0.

The Golden Eagles tacked on another in the fifth when junior Kaleigh Gates doubled then scored off of another Schmidt single.

Schmidt earned another RBI as she singled in the seventh following a double by freshman Chanelle Spalding. A double by Cummings put two runners in scoring position for Coquerille, who singled up the middle to score Schmidt. Freshman Samantha Everett then doubled to left center, scoring both Cummings and Coquerille and ending the scoring at 8-0.

After leaving the bases loaded in the second inning of game two, Spalding hit her first career home run in the third to put Tech on top 1-0.

Back-to-back singles in the top of the seventh and a wild pitch by TSU pitcher Megan Hedrick put runners at second and third for the Golden Eagles. Sophomore Brooke Basten then singled through the left side to allow Coquerille to score her second run of the day.

Hedrick took the loss in the second game, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out four.

Spalding had three hits and three runs with one RBI on the day. Schmidt went 4-7, scoring twice and driving in three.

The Golden Eagles wrap up the three-game series at TSU Sunday at noon before returning home to host Tennessee on Tuesday. The first pitch for that game is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Tech Softball Field and admission is free to the public.