March 15, 2011
Tech gets out the broom as it sweeps Tennessee Wesleyan
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Golden Eagle softball team put on a hitting clinic in its non-conference doubleheader against Tennessee Wesleyan, as it earned a pair of five-inning decisions by the scores of 8-0 and 9-1.
Game one of the doubleheader started with both pitchers keeping out of trouble in the first two innings, but in the bottom of the third Tech put together four runs, using four hits and two Bulldog errors to take a 4-0 lead.
Tech followed with another four-run inning in the fourth that was capped off by a two-run home run from sophomore Brittney Spalding to put the Golden Eagles up 8-0. TTU would go on to take the 8-0 victory as Tennessee Wesleyan went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth.
Junior Whitney Cummings earned her fourth win of the season as she threw four shutout innings, while striking out five.
Brittney Spalding paced the Golden Eagle offense with three RBI, while her sister Chanelle Spalding drove in two runs and scored two runs.
Tech picked up right where it left off in the bottom of the first in game two as it put up seven runs on four hits and five walks to jump out to an early 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs managed to get one run on the board in the top of the third, but in the bottom of the third Tech responded quickly as freshman Megan Pearson hit her first career, two-run home run to left field to put Tech up 9-1.
Tech allowed just one Tennessee Wesleyan base runner in the final two innings as it completed its second five-inning victory of the day.
Junior Holly Thomas earned her seventh win of the season as she struck out seven batters in three innings, while giving up just one unearned run.
Pearson led the Golden Eagle offense with four RBI, while scoring two runs.
Tech resumes OVC play this weekend on the road in a three-game series with Southeast Missouri, beginning with a doubleheader Saturday. The first game is set to start at 1 p.m.