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February 23, 2013

OVC: BASEBALL: Colonels split pair of games at Frost Classic

RICHMOND — The Eastern Kentucky University softball team opened action at the 2013 Frost Classic Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a 10-2 win over Miami (Ohio) and a 4-3 loss to host Chattanooga.

The Colonels now stand at 4-2 overall.

EKU scored a season-high 10 runs in Friday’s first game against Miami (Ohio) (1-5). The Colonels scored six runs in the third to break open the game. Senior Raquel Howes and sophomore Katie  Tackett combined to go 4-for-7 (.571) at the plate while piling up five RBIs. Tackett blasted her first home run of the season to lead off the second inning.

In the decisive six-run third inning, six EKU players notched a hit, including Howes with the go-ahead RBI double. Sophomore Lauren Mitchell, Tackett, freshman Sarah Fobbs and senior Melissa Costa added RBI singles later in the frame to make the score 7-1.

Howes ended the game with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth.

Freshman Haley Flynn pitched the first three innings, did not allow a hit and gave up just one run on the way to earning her first collegiate victory.

Later in the day, Chattanooga broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a two-out rally. Katie Dutton walked to put runners at first and second. Alyssa Taylor followed with a single  to center field to score the winning run.

A Howes solo home run in the third inning opened the scoring. The Mocs (5-5) then took a 3-1 lead in the fourth keyed by Kasey Tydingco’s two-run double.

EKU rallied in the sixth behind RBI singles from Mitchell and redshirt freshman Haley Schenasi.

Sophomore Leanna Pittsenbarger (2-1) was assigned the loss due to giving up one run and two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

The Colonels continue action in the Frost Classic with games against Toledo (1:15 p.m.) and Northern Kentucky (3:30 p.m.) today.

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