In game one, although both teams were presented with opportunities to score, neither squad was able to get on the board through the first six innings.
In a pitcher’s battle,
The Tigers finally posted the first runs of the game in the top of the seventh inning. Jill Gardner walked to lead off the inning before beating the throw to second on a fielder’s choice that got Jennifer Culberson on first.
The Tigers increased the lead to 2-0 when Caitlin Eaton drove in Culberson with a single down the right field line.
The Golden Eagles weren’t able to score in the bottom of the seventh as Caitlin Eaton (10-7) picked up the complete game win and shutout. Eaton helped her own cause going 2-for-2 at the plate and recording one of TSU’s two RBIs. Brittany Webb also tallied an RBI for the Tigers.
In the second game of the day, Tennessee Tech battled back from behind 3-0 to capture a 4-3 victory.
TSU took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Tamara Perkins got things started with a triple to center field and later crossed the plate when Bridget Metzger registered a single up the middle.
In the top of the fifth, Culberson singled down left field line then swiped second to get into scoring position. Bridget Metzger reached first base on a TTU error before Brittany Webb singled to center field to drive in Culberson.
Webb advanced to second on the throw before Caitlin Eaton walked for the fifth time of the day to load the bases. Royesha Goodman then drove in Metzger with a hit to shallow right center to put TSU ahead 3-0.
Tech answered back in the bottom of the fifth, however, capitalizing on three hits and one TSU error to even the score 3-3.
Neither team scored in the sixth and seventh innings, forcing the game into extra frames.
In the bottom of the eighth, a lead off walk and a single led to Tech putting the winning run on second base. The runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt before a hit-by-pitch walk loaded the bases.
With the bases loaded, the batter was hit by a pitch to send in the winning run and give Tech the narrow 4-3 win.
The Tigers return to action this weekend with a series at