The Tech softball team went 3-1 at home on the weekend against UT-Martin and Southeast Missouri in the team’s third weekend of Ohio Valley Conference play.
The Golden Eagles dominated play with high performances from both the pitching and hitting staff as the weekend progressed improving their conference record to 5-4.
Senior pitcher, Claudia Harke (4-4), controlled the mound on Saturday throwing a two-hitter, denying the Skyhawks any runs throughout the game.
“I was focused on keeping the ball low and mixing speeds in order to keep the hitters from UT-Martin off balance,” Harke said.
Tech came back and beat UT-Martin after falling to the Skyhawks in the first game of the day 9-1.
Harke’s leadership on the mound transferred over to the Golden Eagle offense as Tech was able to bounce back from the previous game and end the series with a 3-0 win.
“We were all focused on playing a complete game and really focusing through the full seven innings as a team,” Harke said.
Junior designated hitter, Kendall Hooper sparked the hitting for Tech in the second game, as she sent a hard grounder to the second baseman and just barely beat the throw after a muffed pick-up.
Tech was ready to play on Sunday, shutting down SEMO as they swept the series with back-to-back wins. The team run-ruled the Redhawks, 9-1 in the first game and blanked SEMO in the second game, 4-0.
“We will continue to out focus on playing a full seven innings,” Harke said. “This will help us to become more consistent. We want to make every pitch and every at-bat count.”
The Golden Eagles are back at home this weekend as they host the newest member of the OVC, Belmont. The games will start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and the first pitch will be at 1 p.m. Sunday. It is also Legends Weekend for the softball team. Former Golden Eagle softball players are being invited back to campus April 13-14 for the alumni activities.