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MSU Falls in "Home Run Derby" at Tennessee Tech

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech slammed six home runs and scored 12 unanswered runs to defeat the Morehead State softball team 14-7 in the 2014 regular season finale for both clubs Sunday at Tech Softball Field.

Tech (23-33/15-12 Ohio Valley Conference) erased a 7-2 MSU (14-35-1/9-16 OVC) advantage with five runs in the fourth along with four in the sixth. Morehead State drilled three home runs, tying a season-high for long balls in a game.

The Eagles scored all their runs in the first three innings, three off Tech starter Hannah Weaver and four of reliever Taylor Ketchum.

Senior shortstop Sam Howard delivered a two-out, two-run double to put MSU on top 2-0 in the first. MSU jumped ahead 4-0 in the second when sophomore first baseman Dana Hutchins and sophomore leftfielder Lizzy Margagliotti hit back-to-back homers. Margagliotti tied for the team season-high with her fifth, while Hutchins connected on her first round-tripper of the season.

Tech's home run barrage started in the second when Courtney Burgess launched the first of her two circuit clouts, a two-run smash.

MSU made it 7-2 in the third via freshman designated player Karly Thompson's three-run homer, her fifth of the year.

Tech proceeded to score twice in the bottom of the third before the home run derby continued. The Golden Eagles drilled three long balls, including a pair of two-run jobs, in the fourth. The hosts added a solo shot in the fifth and knocked a grand slam out in the sixth.

Weaver (11-13) allowed six hits and three earned runs in the first two innings before giving way to Taylor Ketchum. She was credited with the victory though as she re-entered later and finished with six complete innings.

MSU used all four of its pitchers. Freshman Megan Tymorek (5-14), who surrendered four runs but just one earned, was saddled with the loss. Starter Tanna Seuferer gave up five earned runs in three innings in the circle.

Burgess (4-for-4) and Hannah Eldridge (3-for-3) weren't retired by any MSU pitchers, and the pair combined for 10 RBI. Tech also had multi-hit games from Madison Taylor and Courtney Fry.

Howard, junior third baseman Katie Raile and freshman center fielder Kayla McGuffey paced the Eagles' 10-hit day with a pair each.

Morehead State opens play in this week's OVC Tournament as the eighth seed. MSU's first game is against top-seed and host Jacksonville State Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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