JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – For the second straight game junior Raquel Howes broke a school record. Howes set a new program mark for RBIs in a season as Eastern Kentucky University’s softball team swept East Tennessee State on Thursday. The Colonels won game one 8-0 in five innings and picked up a 6-0 win in game two.
Eastern cruised to victory in game one. Howes broke EKU’s single season record for RBIs when she drove in her 51st of the season on a single to center in the first inning. This record was broken just one game after she set new marks for home runs in a season and homers in a career.
A grand slam by Larkyn Wood in the third inning turned a 2-0 lead into a 6-0 advantage. The lead reached 8-0 in the fourth when Nicole Heitz tripled with a runner on, and then scored on an ETSU throwing error.
Leanna Pittsenbarger (12-12) allowed two hits in five innings of shutout work. She walked one and struck out eight. The top three batters in the line-up each finished with two hits. Diane Gallagher was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Heitz went 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Howes finished with two hits in three at bats, scored twice and drove in one. Wood was 1-for-2 with a run and five RBIs.
Christina Ciolek’s lead-off home run in the second inning got the Colonels (24-25) on the board in game two. It was the sophomore’s first home run of the season. Katie Tackett extended the lead to 4-0 with a three-run home run in the third inning, her 10th dinger of the season.
Tackett added a second homer in the seventh, this time a two-run shot to up her season total to 11. She finished 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs.
Gallagher went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases. Howes was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Pittsenbarger (13-12) came on in relief in the second and pitched the final five and two-thirds innings. She gave up three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six.
Seven different players had one hit each for East Tennessee (11-34).
The Colonels will be back in conference action on Saturday at Southern Illinois Edwardsville. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET.