COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech sophomore Taylor Ketchum turned in a 2-0 performance over the weekend, helping her catch the nod for adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week award, announced Monday. Ketchum pitched a one-hitter in a 3-1 victory over Akron and claimed a 4-3 win in relief over St. John's.
Ketchum gave up just two hits in 10 innings of work in the team's season-opening weekend of play. She allowed just one hit in her complete-game win over Akron Sunday, marking her second win of the weekend. Ketchum also picked up the victory in Tech's comeback win over St. John's on Saturday. She struck out a pair in the top of the seventh against the Red Storm. She did not give up an earned run and struck out 10 in the two victories.
This marks the first time Ketchum has been recognized as the OVC Pitcher of the Week, and the first award for the Golden Eagles this season. Others nominated were Lauren de Castro, Austin Peay; Carolyn Snodgress, Belmont; Tiffany Harbin, Jacksonville State; Taylor Cowan, Southeast Missouri; Amanda Lambrecht, SIUE; Kenzi Tate, UT Martin.
Jacksonville State's Kalee Tabor was named adidas®OVC Player of the week. Others nominated included Laurel Burroughs, Austin Peay; Kat Hollingsworth, Belmont; Kaitlin Zink, Southeast Missouri; Kayla Riggs, SIUE; Jayna Hanawahine, Tennessee State; Chanelle Spalding, Tennessee Tech; Kenzi Tate, UT Martin.
The Golden Eagles hit the road again Saturday as they return to the field at KSU Classic hosted by Kennesaw State. The Golden Eagles will face Liberty and Mercer Friday and wrap up play Sunday against Ball State and host Kennesaw State.