BY: ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s women’s softball team finished a busy schedule this past weekend, taking on Tennessee Tech at home. The Colonels split a doubleheader March 29, falling to the Eagles in game one (11-2) while redeeming themselves in game two of the day, earning the victory, 3-0. During game three of the weekend the Colonels dropped the game for the second time against Tennessee Tech (5-1), putting Eastern’s record at 19-14, 6-4 OVC.
Tennessee Tech snatched an early lead against Eastern, ending the game with the Eagle’s season high of 11 runs against the Colonels.
The Colonels lagged behind Tennessee Tech during the first inning where Eagles player Chanelle Spalding slammed a two-run hit during the three-run first inning.
Tennessee Tech knocked five more runs across the plate in the second inning, burying Eastern under their 8-0 lead.
In the third inning freshman Kayla Joyce slammed a two-run single, placing the Colonels on the scoreboard.
The Eagles reacted to Eastern’s runs in the fourth inning with Spalding getting a two-run home run, moving the score to 10-2.
Tennessee Tech ended the game in the fifth inning with one final run, leaving the game at 11-2.
The Colonels picked up a win during game two where sophomore Leanna Pittsenbarger pitched 13 strikeouts within seven innings, falling short of her career high by one strikeout.
In the first inning senior Raquel Howes smashed a double to left field, moving freshman Kayla Joyce across the plate. Sophomore Katie Tackett followed up with an RBI, moving Howes across the plate and putting the score to 2-0.
Kayla Joyce ripped an RBI single during the third inning, pushing a third run on the scoreboard for the Colonels.
Tennessee attempted to come back against Eastern in the sixth inning, hitting two singles and capitalizing on an Eastern error to place runners on second and third. However, Pittsenbarger capped off the inning with a strike out, leaving each runner on base.
Pitssenbarger pitched her fifth complete game shutout against the Eagles.
In Eastern’s final game of the weekend the Colonels were unable to retaliate against Tennessee Tech’s pitcher Taylor Ketchum. Eastern had only two hits.
“I think the difference in the ball game was the fact that they made plays and we didn’t,” head coach Jane Worthington said.
The Eagles earned their first run in the third inning when Madison Taylor knocked a two-out RBI. In it’s half of the inning the Colonels gained an unearned run, tying the score.
Tennessee Tech clutched the lead in the fifth inning after hitting a pair of runs and taking advantage of three Eastern errors.
Worthington said these multiple errors cost many runs for the Colonels, ending the game on a low note for Eastern. Worthington also said the team did not make the needed adjustments at the plate to pull a victory out of the game.
“We’re going to regroup and get back to basics and see if we can spend some time on the field because we haven’t had a lot of practices this spring,” Worthington said.
The Colonels will continue its games on the road next weekend with a doubleheader against Murray State April 6 and another doubleheader against Austin Peay on April 7.