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Tech softball upended in final game of Frost Classic

 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Ohio University stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Tennessee Tech softball team, 3-2, in dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon at the Frost Classic, thanks to two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning.

The Golden Eagles finished the Classic with a 3-2 record, improving to 7-6 overall.

Tech ace Taylor Ketchum (5-2) retired the first five batters she faced before giving up a single in the second inning. The sophomore made it to the fifth inning before giving up a run. Ketchum finished the sixth without a Bobcat reaching a base, but the top of the seventh proved to be a different story.

Ketchum struck out the leadoff batter, before giving up a single to the tying run. The next batter she faced would be the winning run, as Ohio's Alyssa Wolfe hit a home run off the Tech starter, to gain a 3-2 advantage. 

Tech was also held scoreless through three innings, despite having runners in scoring position in the first and third inning. Junior catcher Kendall Hooper sent a deep double up the right side and scored off of Chanelle Spalding's single just two batters later. Spalding also scored, after stealing second, and tagging to third on a sacrifice fly by freshman Cortney Fly. Spalding flew home on a wild pitch by Ohio's starter Savannah Dorsey, giving Tech a 2-1 lead.

Tech's bats went cold as the Golden Eagles didn't get another hit for the remainder of the contest. 

Kendall Hooper was the only Golden Eagle to connect for two hits, and freshman Madison Taylor and Chanelle Spalding each had one hit.

Tech remains in-state to play in the Purple and Gold Challenge, March 2-3, hosted by Lipscomb. Tech will face IPFU, UTEP and Lipscomb across four games in two days.