The Eastern Kentucky University softball team started Ohio Valley Conference play with two wins against Tennessee Tech on Friday.
EKU, now 15-10 on the season, finished the first game beating Tennessee Tech 9-4. In the second game, the Colonels won 13-3.
In the first game, Tennessee Tech took the lead after three innings with the score at 1-2. EKU would not let this last, rallying in the bottom of the fourth inning to get six runs to lead the game at 7-2.
With the bases loaded and the game tied at 2-2, senior Hannah Clark came to the plate and hit the ball over the fence in left field to bring the Colonels to a 6-2 lead. In the next at-bat, Carly Robinson got right to business, hitting a home run off her first pitch to take a 7-2 lead. The Colonels would go on to lead the rest of the game, scoring two more home runs to end the game at 9-4.
Bethany Todd started on the mound for Eastern and pitched 4.1 innings and picked up the win. While EKU had a decent pitching day, the game was ultimately won at the plate.
Destinee Lizzmore and Sammi Miller finished the game 2-for-3 and 3-for-4 at the plate. EKU finished the game with three home runs.
After a short break, EKU started the second game with two runs in the first inning to take an early lead, with hits from Clark and Emily Corbitt.
In the top of the third inning, the Golden Eagles would score a run after an RBI single. EKU would not let this last, as the Colonels would go on to score five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Zoe Mihalicz got the inning started with a two-RBI single. Two at-bats later, Gaby De La Cerda hit an RBI single to bring in Mihalicz. The inning would end at 7-1 after a sacrifice fly by Lizzmore led to another run.
The next inning would be the same story, as EKU answered another Tennessee Tech run with six of their own.
Clark hit her second home run of the day. The runs kept coming in with Morale hitting a single to bring in a run, and with back-to-back doubles by Melissa Jacobsen and Lizzmore to bring in three more. The inning would end with a 13-2 score.
With Tennessee Tech only able to score one run in the 5th inning, the run rule went into effect and EKU won the game 13-3.
Eastern Kentucky would finish the two games with 23 hits in total.
The Colonels are back in action on Sunday against conference opponent Jacksonville State. The doubleheader will start at 1 p.m. at Gertrude Hood Field.