COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University’s softball team lost both games of an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader at Tennessee Tech University on Thursday. The Golden Eagles won game one 3-2 and took the second game 10-2 in five innings.
Tennessee Tech never trailed in game one. The Golden Eagles platted two in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by Kendall Hooper and Brittney Spalding. The Colonels closed the gap to one on a home run by Raquel Howes to lead off the fourth inning.
It was Howes 12th home run of the season and 27th of her career. She needs only one more to tie her own school single season record and Shyenne Hussey’s career record.
Hooper’s second RBI single made it 3-1 in the fifth. Eastern loaded the bases in the sixth, but managed to push in only one run on a sacrifice fly by Larkyn Wood.
Senior Diane Gallagher finished with two of EKU’s four hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
In game two, Tennessee Tech (17-22, 11-9 OVC) scored in each of the first five innings to put the game away. Whitney Cummings hit a two-run home run in the first. Melody Christian drove in a run with a triple in a two-run second inning for the Golden Eagles. Spalding added a run in the third with a double to right-center. Brooke Basten had an RBI double in the fourth.
EKU (16-22, 8-9 OVC) got on the board in the top of the fifth. Two runs scored on a Carissa Reisinger single and a TTU error. However, the Golden Eagles pushed across four more in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.
Melissa Costa went 2-for-2 and scored a run in game two for Eastern Kentucky. Christian finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs for Tech. Cummings was 2-for-4 with a run and four RBIs.
The Colonels will return home to host a weekend series with Tennessee State. Saturday’s doubleheader is slated for a 1 p.m. start. Sunday’s single game will also start at 1 p.m.