By ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s softball team racked in the home runs April 11 and 12 in a home series against the Tennessee State University Tigers. The Colonels went 3-for-3 in the weekend series after a double header Saturday and a single game Sunday.
Tenn. State 3 vs. Eastern 11
The Colonels started the home run madness in game one of Saturday’s double header where senior Katie Tackett and sophomore Krislyn Campos each knocked out home runs for Eastern.
The first run of the game came in the first inning thanks to Tackett’s two-run homer while freshman Johnkyria Alston scored senior Shannon McQueen with an RBI double in the second inning. In that same inning Campos added another two-run homer to put the Colonels ahead 5-1.
Eastern kept up its hard hitting and put two more runs on the board in the third and fifth inning. The Tigers (9-28, 2-14 OVC) came within three in the fifth inning, but Tackett recorded a three-run homer in the sixth inning to put the game out of Tennessee State’s reach in the 11-3 victory.
Tenn. State 3 vs. Eastern 8
The Tigers led 3-2 in the fifth inning of the double header’s second game, but that fifth inning was the high light inning for the Colonels.
Eastern jumped ahead with six runs in the inning, following two runs in the third inning. Freshman Paige Murphy and junior Sarah Fobbs each had a home run in the inning while Campos pitched in with a two-RBI triple. Four more Colonels made a hit in the inning to take the 8-3 win.
Tenn. State 1 vs. Eastern 2
Sunday’s final game of the series dished out a slow start for both teams, as the first run wasn’t scored until the fifth inning.
Tackett got the ball rolling in the inning with a two-out RBI single to put the first run on the board. The Tigers tied the game with a solo homer in the seventh inning for a one-all ball game. Tension was high in the eighth inning with a tied game and two outs when it came time for the Colonels to bat. McQueen made her way to first base after being hit by a pitch then stole second soon after, putting her in scoring position.
Tackett earned the OVC Softball Player of the Week for her efforts in the series.
Alston stepped up to the plate then and easily scored McQueen with a two-out RBI single for the 2-1 victory.
Senior Leanna Pittsenbarger and junior Hayley Flynn held up the defensive end as Pittsenbarger struck out nine Tigers in the first six innings and Flynn closed the final 1.2 innings to earn the win.
The Colonels (18-22, 7-6 OVC) hit the road April 18 and 19 with a set of double headers against the University of Tennessee at Martin and Southeast Missouri State University.