TTU softball takes game 3, wins their nineteenth game of the year

By Callie Smith Sports Editor

Tech softball rallies early in game three on Sunday during the weekend series against number one Eastern Illinois to add a win to the column.

The two games on Saturday ended short for the Golden Eagles.

Game one started promising for the Golden Eagles after Tech loaded the bases with no outs in the first and scored one. However, Eastern Illinois was able to make a triple play off a linedrive to send the teams back to the dugout.

Eastern Illinois secured two in the first inning to jump on top of Tech. The teams held each other scoreless until the fifth when Eastern Illinois scored seven unanswered.

The purple and gold tallied one again in the second after an RBI from S.J Talley.

Tech tried their best at a comeback, adding one in the sixth on a pass ball to the catcher and two RBIs in the seventh to the scoreboard, but time ran short and the game ended on the Panthers side, 9-5.

Game two was much closer for the OVC teams. Both teams held zeros on the board until the fourth when the Panthers brought one across the plate.

Eastern Illinois did it again in the fifth, making the score 2-0 with only two more chances for Tech to score. Tech was able to take back one in the sixth after an RBI from Sydney Kirby, but scored nothing in the seventh. Panthers take the second win of the day, 2-1.

Tech game out strong on Sunday and scored three on the Panthers after a homerun from Kirby brought three home. Eastern Illinois responded with one, but Tech wasn’t done yet. The Golden Eagles soared through the second inning using their base running skills to add four unearned to the board.

The offensive flow stopped at the third, but the purple and gold defense held the Panthers scoreless to take their first win of the weekend, 7-1.

With only two weekends left in regular season play, the Golden Eagles sit at seventh in the OVC. Their overall season record is 19-20, with the OVC record sitting at 9-12. The final two series are at SEIU and Tennessee State.

A sweep against these two teams could put Tech at a competitive standing going into the OVC post season tournament.

The Golden Eagles fly to Austin Peay Wednesday, April 24 to face the Governors at 4:00 p.m.