MSU Softball Drops Two But Still Punches OVC Tourney Ticket
The Morehead State softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Tennessee Tech, but still punched its ticket to the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. TTU registered a 4-1 win and 7-5 victory over MSU on Saturday afternoon at University Field.
The Golden Eagles, who snap a four-game skid, improve to 28-25 overall, 15-10 in league action and 14-12 on the road. The Eagles, who had previously won eight of their last 10, fall to 21-22 overall, 10-11 in conference play and 9-4 at home. The series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
SIU Edwardsville has clinched the No. 1 overall seed and will host the 2015 OVC Tournament. The event, which runs Wednesday through Saturday, is double elimination. A tournament bracket will be available late Sunday. The Cougars won the 2014 event and played in an NCAA Regional.
Tennessee Tech broke a 1-1 tie in Saturday's opener by scoring three times in the seventh inning. The frame was highlighted by an RBI double from junior third baseman Cortney Fry and RBI triple from junior shortstop Sabrie Need. The Golden Eagles plated their final run on a wild pitch.
Fry paced the TTU offense by going 3-for-3. Sophomore Danielle Liberatore improved to 15-10 with the win. The left-hander fanned 17 of the 26 batters she faced, allowing just one run, one walk and four hits. Liberatore also picked up the game-two save by tossing two scoreless innings.
Morehead State jumped out to a 5-1 advantage after two innings in the second tilt, but Tennessee Tech responded with three runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh. Neeb led the Golden Eagles with two home runs and three RBI in three official at-bats.
Senior right-hander Taylor Ketchum picked up win No. 1 in her second decision of the season. She allowed just one run, one walk and two hits over 3.2 innings of the nightcap. Tennessee Tech recorded 17 hits in game two, including 13 over its last four at-bats, and 28 for the twinbill.
MSU junior first baseman Dana Hutchins belted her third homer of the season in game one, while freshman catcher Robyn Leighton and junior left fielder Lizzy Margagliotti launched back-to-back dingers in game two. Leighton's was her second of the year and Margagliotti's was her third.
Senior right-hander Tanna Seuferer started game one and finished game two, while sophomore right-hander Megan Tymorek did the opposite. Seuferer suffered both losses and is now 9-7. She allowed four runs and 11 hits in her start, while Tymorek yielded five scores and 11 base knocks in her start.
Seuferer, Katie Raile and Jordan Boone will be honored prior to their final home game on Sunday. Seuferer, who transferred from Daytona State (Fla.) prior to the 2014 campaign, is completing her second season at MSU. Raile, who has played in 165 Division I games, is wrapping up her fourth as an Eagle. Boone is graduating early after three years with the program.