By ASHLEY OWENS
Senior Katie Tackett put the pressure on the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks on April 18, as the catcher led Eastern’s softball team to back-to-back victories.
The double header saw the senior knock out her fourth home run in the past six games. Tackett had a two-run homer and a team-high of five RBIs on the weekend.
Game One: Eastern 4 vs.
UT Martin 1
Though the Skyhawks (23-20, 9-9 OVC) managed to tally a solo home run in the first inning, the Colonels jumped ahead with two-runs at the top of the inning thanks to Tackett’s two-run home run. Eastern added a third run to the board when junior Kayla Joyce’s RBI single scored freshman Sarah Jackson in the second inning for a two-run lead.
Tackett helped give the Colonels one final run in the seventh inning with another RBI to put the game out of reach for the Skyhawks.
Jackson went 3-for-3 in the first game of the double header while junior Sarah Fobbs helped the Colonels with two hits of her own.
Senior Leanna Pittsenbarger shut UT Martin down on the defensive side where the righty struck out 11 Skyhawks batters in her sixth complete game of the season.
Game Two: Eastern 6 vs.
UT Martin 3
Tackett remained hot at the plate in game two of Saturday’s double header as she started the game off with a two-run single to put Eastern on the board first. Fellow senior Shannon McQueen added another two-run single in the same inning to give the Colonels a 4-0 lead right out of the gate.
UT Martin came within two after scoring a run in the second and third innings, but that was as close as the Skyhawks could get. Joyce shut down any attempt at a UT Martin comeback with an RBI single in the fourth that put Eastern up by three.
The Colonels went on a four-run lead in the sixth inning when sophomore Krislyn Campos hit a solo home run. The Skyhawks single run in the seventh inning wasn’t enough to spark a rally as Eastern pulled off the second win of the day.
Up next, the Colonels (20-22, 9-6 OVC) return home for a series April 25 and 26, against Tennessee Tech University. Eastern will face off the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in a double header starting at 4 p.m., April 25, then continue the series at 1 p.m., April 16.