Above: Junior Kayla Joyce had a solo home run April 25 against Tennessee Tech University. PROGRESS FILE PHOTO

Above: Junior Kayla Joyce had a solo home run April 25 against Tennessee Tech University. PROGRESS FILE PHOTO

By ASHLEY  OWENS
ashley_owens46@mymail.eku.edu

Eastern’s softball team went on another home run blast April 25 to sweep a double header against Tennessee Tech University. With these wins, Eastern has won eight of its last nine games. The double header saw five total home runs, with freshman Sarah Jackson leading the Colonels at three RBIs in game one and senior Katie Tackett meeting her personal-high five RBIs in game two.

Game One: Eastern 4 vs
Tenn. Tech 1

The first inning was the Colonels’ shining moment in the opener of Saturday’s double header, where the team put three runs on the board.

Sophomore Krislyn Campos opened the hits with a solo homer just a few pitches into the game. Jackson followed suit with a two-run homer to give Eastern a quick 3-0 advantage over Tennessee Tech (26-25, 13-10 OVC). Jackson then went on for a sacrifice fly RBI in the third inning to give Eastern a four-point lead.

Senior Leanna Pittsenbarger earned the win for the Colonels. The righty pitched her eighth complete game shutout this season and struck out eight Tennessee Tech batters in the 4-1 win.

Lauren Mitchell (10), Shannon McQueen (24) and Lauren Pittsenbarger (15) are three of six senior Colonels honored April 26.  PROGRESS FILE PHOTO

Lauren Mitchell (10), Shannon McQueen (24) and Lauren Pittsenbarger (15) are three of six senior Colonels honored April 26. PROGRESS FILE PHOTO

Game Two: Eastern 8 vs
Tenn. Tech 6

The last half of Saturday’s double header saw another grand first inning as the Colonels came back from a 3-0 deficit to score four runs in the bottom of the first. Freshman Paige Murphy got the ball rolling with an RBI double that scored Campos. Murphy scored shortly after, just before Tackett hit her two-run homer, all in the first inning.

Eastern entered the fourth inning leading by one and ended the inning leading by five. Junior Kayla Joyce started with a homer over left. Tackett had another big moment as she slammed a three-run RBI over the fence to push Fobbs and Murphy across home plate.

Tennessee Tech put up a bigger fight in the final innings of the game and scored one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but Pittsenbarger shut the comeback down as she struck out the final batter to end the game with Eastern on top, 8-6.

The Colonels were scheduled for its final home game of the season Sunday, April 26, but called the game off due to poor field conditions after honoring the team’s six seniors: Shannon McQueen, Katie Tackett, Lauren Mitchell, Leanna Pittsenbarger, Shaylon Robb and Darcy Schueler.

Eastern (23-23, 13-7 OVC) will move on to its final regular season series May 2 and 3 on the road against Jacksonville State University.