COOKEILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech softball team remains on the road this weekend, but travels closer to home to the UT Chattanooga Frost Classic. The Golden Eagles will play in a 10-team field, and face five different squads from the across the mid-atlantic region.
Tech begins the tournament with games against Northern Kentucky and Niagara on Friday.
The Golden Eages are 4-4 and coming off a 2-2 turnout at the KSU classic. The Purple and Gold opened the classic with two victories, downing Liberty, 10-3 and Mercer, 3-1. The Golden Eagle offense showed signs of strength as Tech compiled 13 hits in the eight inning thriller against the Liberty Flames thanks to a power surge in the top of the eighth.
The bats couldn't swing quite as fast on day two of the tournament as the Golden Eagles fell to the top two teams present at the KSU Classic, falling to Ball State in five innings and host KSU, 1-0.
Freshman Madison Taylor has made an immediate impact for the Golden Eagles, leading the team offensively with nine hits in 17 appearances at the plate, hitting for a .529 clip. Taylor currently ranks second in the Ohio Valley Conference. Senior Melody Christian is still the quickest around the bases, accounting for six of Tech's 15 stolen bases so far this season, second in the OVC.
The Golden Eagle pitching staff is still lead by ace Taylor Ketchum (3-1). Ketchum is still recovering from an off-season injury, but doesn't seem to be fazed in the circle with a 1.22 era. Senior Claudia Harke (1-2) picked up her first victory in the KSU Classic, and Erica Tuck has pitched 16 innings.
Northern Kentucky: 0-0, This will be the first meeting between the Norse and the Golden Eagles.
Niagara: 3-0, It's been 17 years since Tech has faced the Purple Eagles. The last time the two teams squared off was March 14, 1996. The Golden Eagles won the contest 7-3 at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
Miami (Ohio): 2-6, The Golden Eagles have faced Red Hawks eight times, and have rarely bested the birds, but in their last meeting, Tech won the face-off 5-4 in the 2010 Frost Classic.
Missouri St.: 0-1, This will only be the second meeting between Tech and Missouri State. The two teams met for the first time Feb. 4 2009, and the Golden Eagles fell, 4-0.
Ohio: 1-0, Tech and Ohio met in the Louisville Invitational in 2009, and the Golden Eagles ran away with a 8-1 victory over the Bobcats.