By ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s softball team traveled April 26 and 27 for a weekend of competitions against Tennessee Tech University. The Colonels brought home a 2-0 win in game one of Saturday’s double header, a 9-1 loss in game two and a 3-2 loss in the final game Sunday.
Eastern took down the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (20-33, 12-12 OVC) with runs late in the fourth and fifth innings.
Sophomore Sara Fobbs came through with a single and junior Lauren Mitchell followed with another single two bats after Fobbs. Fellow junior Katie Tackett pulled out an RBI and Fobbs crossed home plate for the first run in the fourth inning.
Senior Nicole Heitz blasted a double in the fifth inning and a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Kayla Joyce moved Heitz to third base. Senior Christina Ciolek pushed Heitz home with an RBI and gave Eastern a 2-0 lead.
Junior Leanna Pittsenbarger pitched her 11th shutout and struck out nine batters, allowing just three hits. Her shutout record ties with Eastern’s softball program’s single-season record. Eastern Athletics Hall of Famer Jonelle Csora set the record in 2001.
The victory marked head coach Jane Worthington’s 600th career win in her 22 years at Eastern.
An early Tennessee Tech lead held the Colonels off in game two. Six of the Golden Eagles’ nine runs came from a single hit and three Eastern errors in the first inning.
Tennessee Tech’s Alyssa Richards singled and advanced on a throwing error, which allowed a Golden Eagle to score. The rest of the runs came from four walks, an Eastern fielding error and a sacrifice fly.
A solo home run gave Tennessee Tech a cushioned lead in the third inning. Eastern attempted a comeback when Heitz singled, but left the batter on base at the end of the same inning.
Another RBI single gave the Golden Eagles a 9-0 lead of the Colonels in the fourth inning. Redshirt sophomore Haley Schenasi came in as pinch runner for Tackett after she was hit by a pitch. Joyce hit an RBI single and Schenasi recorded Eastern’s lone run.
Sophomore Hayley Flynn received the loss after pitching three innings.
Despite an early lead for the Colonels April 27, Tennessee Tech fought back to pick up the 3-2 victory. Pittsenbarger had eight strikeouts in the six innings she pitched.
Campos knocked out a two-run home run to put Eastern at an early 2-0 lead in the third inning. Tennessee Tech retaliated with an RBI single and a two-run RBI to take the lead in the fifth inning.
Eastern tried to take the lead back in the sixth inning with two hits but ended the inning with two runners on base.
The Colonels (27-19, 14-8 OVC) return home at 1 p.m. May 3 and 4 for a final run in the regular season against Jacksonville State University.