Southeast Missouri State softball team falls short of sweep

Monday, March 21, 2011
Southeast Missouri State's Taylor Cowan pitches against Tennessee Tech on Sunday at the Southeast Softball Complex. (Fred Lynch)

The Southeast Missouri State softball team fell short of a sensational weekend.

It still was a good weekend for the Redhawks, who won their second Ohio Valley Conference series in as many tries.

Visiting Tennessee Tech salvaged a win in the three-game set with Sunday's 4-1 triumph.

That came after Southeast swept Saturday's doubleheader against a perennially strong Tech squad picked to finish second in the OVC.

Southeast is 7-15 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Redhawks won just six OVC games during their last-place finish in 2010.

Southeast grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Taylor Cowan led off with a single. She gave way to pinch-runner Renee Terry, who later scored on a single by Shelby Stein.

The Redhawks had a chance to add more runs in the inning but failed to capitalize on a bases-loaded, one-out situation.

Southeast stranded seven runners, including five in the first two innings.

Freshman pitcher Shea Cothren held the Eagles (11-11, 3-3) to one hit over the first four innings. Chanelle Spalding's two-out, two-run homer in the fifth inning gave Tech a 2-1 lead.

Cothren allowed two runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Tech added two sixth-inning runs, more than enough for Holly Thomas. She allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two in going the seven-inning distance.

Cheyenne Gipson and Nicole Troncoso collected Southeast's other two hits. Troncoso's sixth-inning double extended her hitting streak to four games.

Southeast concludes its five-game homestand with a nonconference doubleheader against Evansville at 3 p.m. Wednesday .

The Redhawks resume OVC play Saturday at Jacksonville State, the defending conference tournament champion and preseason favorite.

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