CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Feb. 28, 2010) - Tennessee Tech's Whitney Cummings belted a two-run home run in the first and Callie Schmidt added a three-run dinger in the fifth, as the Golden Eagles left the Lady Buccaneer softball team frozen on the final day of the Frost Classic on Sunday afternoon, 11-1.
The Lady Bucs allowed a season-high 11 runs on 11 hits (three home runs); while ETSU was limited to only four singles.
ETSU won three of its five games in Chattanooga, but dropped to 7-5 after the loss on Sunday. Meanwhile, Tennessee Tech improved to 5-5.
After usually being the team to jump out to the lead first, the Lady Bucs found themselves trailing early after Cummings' two-run home run to left-center put Tennessee Tech up 2-0 in the top of the first.
Junior right-hander Jessica Duncan (Ooltewah, Tenn.) quickly bounced back after giving up the long-ball, as she retired 13 of the next 14 Golden Eagle hitters; however, ETSU couldn't get anything going on offense.
The Lady Bucs were held hitless until Cheniece Cason (Moreno Valley, Calif.) singled in the fifth, but by then it was too late for the Blue and Gold to mount a comeback.
Tennessee Tech took advantage of some Lady Buccaneer troubles in the top of the fifth, as Duncan hit Lindsey Umberger with two outs in the innings. Then, Umberger stole second and Melody Christian reached on a Duncan fielding error - putting runners on first and third. That's when the Golden Eagles broke things open, as Chanelle Spalding drove in both runs with a single to left - and after Duncan walked Cummings her day was done. Unfortunately, Marissa Hardy (Rocklin, Calif.) didn't fare so well, as she surrendered a three-run homer to Schmidt and a solo shot to Kaleigh Gates - putting Tech up 8-0.
ETSU plated its lone run in the fifth when Lucy Schneider (Dade City, Fla.) drove in Amy Campbell (Chattanooga, Tenn.) with a RBI single to left.
The Golden Eagles tacked on three more runs in the seventh to come away with the 10-run victory.
Duncan was dealt the loss (4-2) after giving up six runs (two earned) on three hits in 4.2 innings. Tennessee Tech's Holly Thomas picked up her fourth win after holding ETSU to one run on three hits while striking out six.
The Lady Bucs return to action on Friday, March 5 when ETSU faces No. 17 Ohio State and host UC Riverside at the aTEN Construction Tournament in Riverside, Calif. ETSU squares off with the Buckeyes at 2:30 p.m.
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