March 19, 2013
Tech visits Lipscomb for Wednesday doubleheader
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech softball team finally
returns to the dirt Wednesday afternoon in preparation for its home
and Ohio Valley Conference opener following four cancellations last
week. The Golden Eagles travel to Nashville to play in a
doubleheader at Lipscomb. The first pitch will be at tossed at 4
The Golden Eagles downed Thomas University (Ga.), 6-0, Wednesday
as sophomores Taylor
Ketchum and Erica
Tuck gave up a combined five hits in the Golden Eagles'
third shutout of the season. Angi
Sakamoto blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the
sixth to score Tech's final runs, while six different Golden Eagles
crossed home plate.
Taylor, Tech's top offensive freshman, is second on the team
with a .380 batting average, and a second-best 10 RBI. The Golden
Eagles have been seeing quality time from fellow freshman Cortney
Fry and newcomer Chelsea
Burgess. Fry has a perfect fielding percentage while Burgess
has been vital at the plate with a team-high four extra-base
Ketchum (8-3) continues to give strong performances in the
circle, with a 2.59 era. Behind Ketchum, senior Claudia
Harke (2-3) has pitched 26.2 innings for the purple and
gold, while Hannah
Weaver (1-1) notched her first career win as a Golden
Eagle over Maine in her first complete game.
Lipscomb: 11-8, Despite the
short distance seperating the Lady Bisons and the Golden Eagles,
the two teams haven't paired off since 2010. Tech dropped both ends
of a doubleheader in Cookeville, 5-0 and 1-2.
- Tech is 11-9 overall after winning its only game of the week
against Thomas 6-0.
- As a team, Tech is hitting .271, posting 76 runs scored, 65 rbi
and a .342 on-base percentage through 19 games.
- The Golden Eagle pitching staff combines for a 3.81 ERA,
allowing 67 earned runs in 123.0 innings pitched.
- Two players have scored double-figure runs for the Golden
Eagles, including senior Melody
Christian, with a team high 16 runs and is the teams stolen
- Christian is fifth in the OVC with 9 stolen bases on 12
- Freshman Madison
Taylor has a .380 batting average, collecting a multiple
career-firsts during the opening weekend, including her three hits,
four putouts, and 2 rbi.
- Three Golden Eagles have recorded triples, including
- Three Golden Eagles have hit Home Runs (B. Spalding, Taylor,
- Ketchum was named adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of
the Week. Ketchum gave up just two hits in 10 innings of work.
- In a trip to the sunhine state, Tech ended the Under Armour
Showcase 3-2, with key wins over Maine, LIU Brooklyn and
- Tech finished the Purple and Gold Challenge 0-1, losing it's
only contest to IPFW 8-0.
- Tech posted a 2-2 record at the KSU Classic. The Golden Eagles
opened the tournament sweeping its first two games with wins over
Liberty (8 innings) and Mercer.
- The Golden Eagles finished the Eagle Round Robin hosted by
Georgia Southern with a 2-2 record. The weekend was highlighted by
a 3-1 victory over Akron as sophomore Taylor
Ketchum threw a one-hitter Feb. 10.
- First year head coach Bonnie Bynum picked up her first win at
Tennessee Tech after the team downed St. John's, 4-3. The
Golden Eagles defeated St. John's thanks to a walk-off single by
Spalding, marking the first win against the Red Storm in
program history and the first road victory of the 2013 season.