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Three Golden Eagles named to Rawlings/ABCA South All-Region First Team

Three Golden Eagles named to Rawlings/ABCA South All-Region First Team

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Allen

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The honors just keep coming and coming for three members of the Tennessee Tech baseball team, as Dylan Bosheers, Daniel Miles, and Brandon Thomasson were each named to the 2014 Rawlings/ABCA NCAA Division I South All-Region First Team Wednesday.

Tech joined Louisville as the only schools in the South Region to have three players named to the First Team. The Golden Eagles were also the only team to have three position players named to the First Team.

An outfielder from Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thomasson put together one of the greatest displays of power in a single season in OVC history in 2014, crushing a league-best 22 home runs while leading the nation with 76 RBI and 46 extra base hits. He finished the year just one long ball off the national pace set by Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s National Player of the Year, A.J. Reed of Kentucky. The slugger also ranked second only to Reed in terms of slugging percentage, racking up a mark of .721 in 58 games.

Thomasson broke the single-season school record for RBI while finishing just one base shy of tying the single-season mark for total bases. He tallied 176 on the year, ripping team highs of 20 doubles, four triples, and the 22 bombs. He scored 60 runs while totaling 82 hits for an average of .336. Thomasson was drafted in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in early June, going to the Kansas City Royals.

Behind a monster season at both the plate and in the field, Miles became the first Golden Eagle ever to garner All-American nods in two different seasons. The Pascagoula, Miss. native took home All-American Honorable Mention from CollegeBaseballInsider.com as a junior before bursting onto the national scene this season. Maintaining massive numbers all year, he earned a spot on the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List as well as being named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.

Miles started 58 games at the hot corner for the Golden Eagles, leading the team with a .380 batting average and 67 runs scored, a mark that ranked second nationally. The third baseman also ranked in the top 10 in Division I baseball with 90 hits on the year, the third highest single-season total in Tech history. He wrapped up his 2014 campaign with 17 doubles, a triple, and 11 home runs, driving in 54 while recording an on base percentage of .481. Miles was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth round of this year’s summer draft.

One of just 10 semifinalists still remaining on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List, Bosheers took home his first second All-American nod as a Second-Teamer after batting an impressive .368 with 86 hits and 66 runs scored (third in the nation) in 59 games. Just a junior, he shattered his previous season-best mark of six home runs by clubbing 11 in 2014, driving in 56 runs to go along with a slugging percentage of .577.

A native of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Bosheers played spectacular defense on his way to being named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, making just nine errors all year for a fielding percentage of .965. He is the first Tennessee Tech player to be invited to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League, the premier wood-bat, summer league in all of collegiate baseball.

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Tech’s Stephens signs with Rangers

Tech’s Stephens signs with Rangers

Posted on 14 June 2014 by Allen

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Yet another member of the Tennessee Tech baseball team will get the chance to live out his dreams of playing ball at the next level as senior slugger Zach Stephens signed a free agent contract with the Texas Rangers Friday.

Despite a down year in terms of batting average, the first baseman produced at enormous levels to earn his third consecutive All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team recognition. He wrapped up the year batting .276 with 19 home runs (which ranked third in the country), 57 RBI, and 56 runs scored while making just four errors for a .993 fielding percentage.

Stephens spent most of the season cementing his status as one of the greatest players in not just Tech history, but OVC history as well, breaking 10 total career records. The Hixson, Tenn. native shattered two of the most prestigious league records that had stood for over 30 years, the marks for career home runs and RBI. With 62 long balls and 229 RBI, Stephens set the standard far beyond that of the former marks set by Western Kentucky’s Mike Williams in 1981. He broke the OVC mark for total bases as well, totaling 529 in his illustrious career.

The slugger also moved to the top of the Tech career list for games played (222), at bats (890), runs (192), hits (285), total bases (529), as well as home runs and RBI.

With the signing of Stephens, the Golden Eagles have now totaled six players from the 2014 squad to sign deals with Major League clubs. Five members of the Tech squad were taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft just over one week ago, breaking the program record for most players taken in a single draft.

After the first two days of the draft, only six collegiate programs in the entire nation had more players taken in the first 10 rounds, as the Golden Eagles saw right-handed ace David Hess, All-American third baseman Daniel Miles, and All-American outfielder Brandon Thomasson poached off the board before the 10th round began. Tech boasted more draft picks in the first 10 rounds than several perennial collegiate power houses such as Cal State Fullerton, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, Rice, and UCLA.

The Golden Eagle closer for the past two seasons, Seth Lucio was taken in the 12th round with the 357th overall pick by the San Diego Padres. Jordan Parris, the starting backstop for Tech over the past two years, heard his name called by the Colorado Rockies, going to the Mile-High club in the 20th round with the 593rd overall selection.

Also taken in the draft was Tennessee Tech signee and Beech High School senior pitcher Sam McWilliams. The Philadelphia Phillies grabbed the 6-foot-6 hurler in the eighth round with the 232nd overall selection.

After the selection of Hess in the fifth round on Friday, the 2014 draft marked the eighth consecutive year that at least one Golden Eagle baseball player heard his named called in the draft.

With five players selected over the three days of the draft, Tech matched Vanderbilt, a national seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and host of one of eight Super Regionals, for the most draftees of institutions in the state of Tennessee. The Golden Eagles boasted four more selections than SEC member Tennessee, three more than Conference USA member Memphis, and two more than former OVC rival Middle Tennessee.

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3 Golden Eagles named All American

3 Golden Eagles named All American

Posted on 10 June 2014 by Allen

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After helping the Tennessee Tech baseball team become just the second Ohio Valley Conference program to post back-to-back 40-win seasons, three Golden Eagles received honors of the highest level Thursday, earning All-American status from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

One of the premier outlets in all of amateur baseball, Collegiate Baseball newspaper honored seniors Daniel Miles and Brandon Thomasson as members of the Louisville Slugger All-American First Team and junior Dylan Bosheers as a member of the Louisville Slugger All-American Second Team.

The Golden Eagles stand as the only team in the nation with multiple position players named to the First Team, as only nine are selected each season. Tech was also just on one of two teams to have multiple players named First-Team All-American, joining No. 1 ranked Oregon State.

Thomasson and Miles became the first set of teammates to earn All-American First Team honors from Collegiate Baseball newspaper in OVC history. They also joined former Eastern Kentucky Colonel Josh Anderson and former Golden Eagle great Chad Oberacker as the only OVC players to ever garner First Team status from the publication.

An outfielder from Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thomasson put together one of the greatest displays of power in a single season in OVC history in 2014, crushing a league-best 22 home runs while leading the nation with 76 RBI and 46 extra base hits. He finished the year just one long ball off the national pace set by Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s National Player of the Year, A.J. Reed of Kentucky. The slugger also ranked second only to Reed in terms of slugging percentage, racking up a mark of .721 in 58 games.

Thomasson broke the single-season school record for RBI while finishing just one base shy of tying the single-season mark for total bases. He tallied 176 on the year, ripping team highs of 20 doubles, four triples, and the 22 bombs. He scored 60 runs while totaling 82 hits for an average of .336.

Behind a monster season at both the plate and in the field, Miles became the first Golden Eagle ever to garner All-American nods in two different seasons. The Pascagoula, Miss. native took home All-American Honorable Mention from CollegeBaseballInsider.com as a junior before bursting onto the national scene this season. Maintaining massive numbers all year, he earned a spot on the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List as well as being named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.

Miles started 58 games at the hot corner for the Golden Eagles, leading the team with a .380 batting average and 67 runs scored, a mark that ranked second nationally. The third baseman also ranked in the top 10 in Division I baseball with 90 hits on the year, the third highest single-season total in Tech history. He wrapped up his 2014 campaign with 17 doubles, a triple, and 11 home runs, driving in 54 while recording an on base percentage of .481.

One of just 16 names still remaining on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List, Bosheers took home his first career All-American nod as a Second-Teamer after batting an impressive .368 with 86 hits and 66 runs scored (third in the nation) in 59 games. Just a junior, he shattered his previous season-best mark of six home runs by clubbing 11 in 2014, driving in 56 runs to go along with a slugging percentage of .577.

A native of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Bosheers played spectacular defense on his way to being named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, making just nine errors all year for a fielding percentage of .965.

With three players named All-American Second Team or higher, Tech became the first OVC program to achieve the feat and just the second to have at least three players honored by the publication.

OVC Player of the Year Matt Tellor, a first baseman from Southeast Missouri, also garnered Second Team honors.

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Tech cruise in first game of OVC Tournament, down Eagles 14-2

Tech cruise in first game of OVC Tournament, down Eagles 14-2

Posted on 22 May 2014 by Allen

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A masterful performance from top to bottom left little doubt that the Tennessee Tech baseball team has entered the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on a mission, as the Golden Eagles (39-17) handled the Morehead State Eagles (29-27) with precision Friday afternoon in a 14-2 victory at The Ballpark at Jackson.

Between a rock star performance on the mound from junior ace David Hess and a batter-by-batter display of pure hitting, the Tech squad advanced to the semifinals of the OVC Tournament for the second straight season after receiving a bye in the first round as the No. 2 seed.

With the victory, the Golden Eagles will play at approximately 7 p.m. Friday evening and will face off against the winner of tonight’s contest between No. 1 Southeast Missouri and No. 6 Eastern Illinois. The game can once again be followed live on both the OVC Digital Network and on FM 106.1 The Eagle.

Even without a usually normal dominant performance, Hess labored and battled through six scoreless innings, holding the Eagle bats to just two hits. Morehead managed just five base knocks in the contest despite entering the game averaging over 14 hits over its past seven affairs. The junior did surrender four walks and a hit batter, but he also pounded the strike zone to a tune of six strikeouts and the all-important victory, his ninth of the season.

And if the outstanding work provided on the mound wasn’t enough, the Tennessee Tech offense more than made up for any questions still hanging around. The Golden Eagles exploded for 16 hits and 14 runs just a week after totaling just 10 runs in three games at Belmont. More impressively, the first 11 runs of the contest came with two outs on the scoreboard, proving the clutch factor that exists in the Tech bats.

The squad was led by senior slugger Daniel Miles (left), a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and member of the Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List. The third baseman went 2-for-3 at the plate, highlighted by a mammoth-sized home run over the 24-foot wall in left field. The three-run shot, which is the only long ball hit in the tournament thus far, capped a four-run second inning that gave the Tech pitching staff plenty of room to work through the rest of the game.

Miles finished with four RBI in the contest, as well as three runs scored and three walks. Joining his teammate on the left side of the infield with a huge day with the bat was shortstop Dylan Bosheers. The junior collected a game-high four hits in five at bats, plating three while scoring one more himself.

Senior slugger Brandon Thomasson managed one hit in five trips to the plate, making extra noise by emptying the bases with a three-run double to center field, blowing the game wide open and essentially shutting the door on any comeback attempt by the Eagles.

Catcher Jordan Hopkins added two RBI with a 2-for-4 performance at the dish while senior first baseman Zach Stephens scored three runs despite no hits. The slugger drew two walks and reach on an error in the first inning. Leadoff man Zach Zarzour tallied three hits in six at bats, scoring twice with an RBI.

Morehead State shortstop Robby Spencer managed a hit, a run, and an RBI in leading the offense for the Eagles. Chris Robinson added the other RBI with a hit in five trips to the batters box.

With the victory, Hess moved into a tie for third most victories in a single season in Tech history, joining Tech greats such as Tristan Archer, Lee Henry, and Todd Kemp, among others. He now owns 97 strikeouts on the year, tied for the fourth most in a single season with Archer (2013) and Donnie Long (2001).

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Golden Eagles pick up #2 seed with win over Belmont

Golden Eagles pick up #2 seed with win over Belmont

Posted on 18 May 2014 by Allen

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The Golden Eagles are headed to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the No. 2 seed after taking out the Belmont Bruins, 3-2, in 10 innings Saturday afternoon.

For the second straight contest, the Golden Eagles and Bruins battled on the mound, going scoreless through the first six innings in the final regular season contest for both teams.

Tennessee Tech opened up the scoring in the top of the seventh inning, using a RBI single by senior second baseman Zach Zarzour to take a 1-0 lead.

The Golden Eagles doubled that lead in the eighth as senior slugger Brandon Thomasson crushed a solo home run to left field to give the Tech squad a 2-0 advantage. The long ball marked the 22nd of the year for the right fielder, ranking him just one behind the national lead behind Kentucky’s A.J. Reed.

Belmont rallied late on its senior day, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings. But Tech refused to be swept in the series, as senior first baseman Zach Stephens belted a solo bomb to left field, giving the Golden Eagles the lead for good.

Starter John Gora, picking up his first start in over two months, performed great for the Tech squad, tossing six innings of shutout ball while scattering three hits and walking none while striking out five batters.

Freshman Kyle Keatts earned his second career save in the contest, finishing the final three outs of the game with one strikeout and no walks or hits.

For the contest, Thomasson led Tech with two extra base hits, a double and home run, as well as an RBI. Stephens also finished the game 2-for-5, collecting a moonshot with an RBI.

With the conclusion of the regular season, the Golden Eagles will now enter the OVC tournament as the No. 2 seed, facing off against the lowest seed remaining from Wednesday’s opening round on Thursday, May 22 at the Ballpark at Jackson in Jackson, Tenn.

Joining the Tech squad in the tournament are the No. 1 seeded Southeast Missouri Redhawks, No. 3 Jacksonville State Gamecocks, No. 4 SIUE Cougars, No. 5 Morehead State Eagles, and No. 6 Eastern Illinois Panthers.

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Chris Chism throws one hitter to lift Tenn Tech past UT Martin 2-0

Chris Chism throws one hitter to lift Tenn Tech past UT Martin 2-0

Posted on 24 March 2014 by Allen

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It wasn’t quite a no-hitter, but junior Chris Chism did more than enough to lead the Tennessee Tech baseball team to its 19th victory Sunday afternoon, tossing a complete-game shutout and allowing just one hit over nine innings to help the Golden Eagles blank UT Martin, 2-0.

A transfer from St. Petersburg College, Chism was as good as it gets against the Skyhawks, dominating from beginning to end. The right hander struck out a career-high 10 batters while surrendering no walks and allowing just four runners on base all day. Chism hit three batters and gave up a double in the seventh inning.

Even with a small margin of victory, the Golden Eagles truly dominated the entire contest, seeing some bad luck prevent more runs from crossing as Tech unleashed the bats for 10 hits and five walks. The Skyhawks came up clutch in several situations, stranding 10 Golden Eagle runners in scoring position and 11 on base in the game.

The Tech squad managed to scrape runs across both the fourth and fifth innings, using an RBI off the bat of senior Zach Zarzour to score the deciding run. With the bases loaded and one out, Zarzour ripped a ball towards the right field line. UT Martin first baseman Taylor Cox made a heck of a play, stabbing the ball and taking it to first base for a sure out. But his throw home to try and get Tyler Brazelton at the plate came too late as Tech jumped to a 1-0 lead.

Tech doubled its lead in the next frame, using a leadoff single by third baseman Daniel Miles to start things off. After stealing second, Miles came all the way around off the strength of an RBI single by slugger Zach Stephens.

Chism had his repetroire working well during the contest, keeping the UT Martin batters off balance with an array of pitches. The junior became just the sixth Golden Eagle to toss a one-hitter in the program’s history, and the second to do it in at least nine innings. The nine-inning feat had not been accomplished since 1975 when Ralph Mallicoat did it against Milligan College.

Miles kept his impressive hot streak running with a 2-for-3 day at the dish, extending his hitting streak to 10 games and improving his team-leading batting average to .444. Shortstop Dylan Bosheers went 2-for-4 on the day, upping his average to .402 for the season.

The Golden Eagles will take a short break before returning to action Tuesday evening when they host Miami (OH) in the first of a two-game set. Opening pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex as the Tech team looks to get in a groove before returning to Ohio Valley Conference play.

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Skyhakws Baseball falls to Tenn Tech 14-5

Skyhakws Baseball falls to Tenn Tech 14-5

Posted on 22 March 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team struck first in tonight’s game against Tennessee Tech but the Golden Eagle offense proved to be too much for the Skyhawks in a 14-5 loss at Bush Stadium.

UT Martin (2-18, 1-6 OVC) pounded out 11 hits this evening, led by three hits and an RBI out of Jake Deason. Ben Upton (two RBI’s) and Taylor Douglas (one run scored) also produced two hits while Max Balter (two runs scored), Fletcher Johnson (one run scored), Taylor Cox (one run scored) and Mikey Nantze (one RBI) also contributed to the Skyhawk offense tonight.

On the mound, Cox (0-5) was charged with the loss after allowing seven earned runs over 2.2 innings. Alex Boshers (four runs in three innings), Chris Flores (1.1 scoreless innings) and Cody Miller (two runs in one inning) also made relief appearances for the Skyhawks this evening.

Drew Erie led the game off with a single and eventually moved up to third base but UT Martin couldn’t push across a run in the top of the first.

Cox then needed only seven pitches to retire Tennessee Tech in order in the bottom of the first. Cox then led the second inning off with a triple to center field, leading to the Skyhawks’ first run of the game. Nantze drove in Cox with a groundout to the right side but UT Martin wasn’t done as the next batter – Balter – drew a walk to keep the inning going. Deason then ripped a double to the gap out in right center to put baserunners on second and third with two outs. Balter would later score on a failed pickoff attempt to give the Skyhawks a 2-0 lead early.

Tennessee Tech (18-4, 5-2 OVC) would then add four runs in the bottom of the second and four more runs in the bottom of the third before Cox recovered to shut down the Golden Eagles in the fourth and fifth frames.

UT Martin used a two-out rally to get one run back in the sixth. Balter was issued yet another walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a pitching change, Deason ripped a single up the middle to plate Balter and make the score 8-3.

However, Tennessee Tech scored four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead out to 12-3.

The Skyhawks scored two runs in the seventh, starting off with a Johnson triple on the first pitch of the inning. Douglas was then hit by a pitch to put baserunners on the corners with no outs. Upton then worked the count full before guiding a double down the right field line to make the score 12-5. UT Martin would pose a threat later on in the inning by loading the bases but Tennessee Tech escaped the jam.

The Golden Eagles added two more runs in the eighth to provide the final scoring margin.

These two teams will resume their series on Saturday, March 22. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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Vandy shutsdown red hot Tenn Tech 4-0

Vandy shutsdown red hot Tenn Tech 4-0

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Tech was on fire coming into Nashville to play the Commodores this afternoon. Tech had won 10 straight and was coming off a three game sweep of Northwestern over the weekend. But Walker Buehler had the right stuff this afternoon as he picked up the shutout win 4-0.

The Golden Eagles (11-2) entered Tuesday’s game hitting .335 as a team with a streak of seven straight games with at least 10 hits. Vandy starter Walker Buehler attacked the Tech lineup working a perfect first inning before pitching himself into trouble in the second. The sophomore struck out the first batter of the second and followed it up with three straight walks to load the bases. But his defense picked him up with Vince Conde fielding a ground ball, stepping on second and firing to first for an inning-ending double play.

Buehler issued a leadoff walk to start the seventh and freshman Hayden Stone was summoned from the bullpen to keep the Commodores’ (11-2) 3-0 lead intact. The right-hander dominated in his longest outing as a Commodore, striking out the side in the seventh and eighth. Back out for the ninth, Stone fanned the first two batters of the inning before getting the final out on a pop up to shortstop to seal the Dores’ third shutout of the season and notch his first career save. Vanderbilt’s three shutouts this season already match last season’s total.

The offense scratched out a run in the second inning when Xavier Turner led off with a single and moved around to third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. Nolan Rogers delivered the first run of the game with a groundout to second base for a 1-0 VU lead. After back-to-back doubles from Turner and Vince Conde in the fourth inning it was Rogers at the plate with another opportunity and the freshman delivered again with a run-scoring groundout. Chris Harvey tacked on a second run in the inning with a single to center. Zander Wiel put an exclamation point on the night with his first home run of the season, a solo blast off the left field scoreboard.

Wiel and Turner led the way with two hits each in the win. Buehler earned the win with six-plus innings of work allowing only two hits to go along with three strikeouts. Stone struck out eight and allowed only a single in three innings for his first collegiate save.

Tennessee Tech starter Jacob Honea took the loss allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over three innings.

Vanderbilt returns to action tomorrow night at Middle Tennessee State with first pitch set for 6 p.m. Tech will return home to play Friday in Cookeville against Eastern Kentucky at 3 p.m.

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Tenn Tech’s Zach Zarzour named Co-OVC Player of the Week

Posted on 03 March 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Tech second baseman Zach Zarzoure has been named as Co-OVC Player of the Week after the Golden Eagles swept Northwestern and won 10 straight games. Zarzoure shared the honor with Eastern Illinois outfielder Frankie Perrone.

As the team’s leadoff hitter Zarzour hit .706 (12-for-17) in leading Tennessee Tech to a perfect 4-0 week. The infielder scored five runs, had two doubles, two RBI, two stolen bases and no strikeouts during the week while compiling a .714 on-base and .824 slugging percentage. He was 4-for-4 in the team’s midweek win over Lipscomb, had two hits and scored three runs in the series opener against Northwestern and added three hits in each of the final two games against the Wildcats.

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Tenn Tech sweeps Northwestern with 8-6 win

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen

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For the second time in two years the Tennessee Tech baseball team has put together a 10-game winning streak, completing a sweep of Northwestern Sunday morning after defeating the Wildcats (2-8), 8-6 in a thriller.

With the victory, the Golden Eagles (11-1) also tied the 1970 Tech squad for best 12-game start to a season. Former head coach W.A. Wright led Tech to an 11-1 start, finishing the 1970 season 21-14 overall. The 1955 team still owns the standard for a start to a year, winning its first 14 games while starting 15-1 before its second loss. The head coach of that squad? None other than the very man whose name dons the field at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex, Malcolm Quillen. His group of Golden Eagles finished the year 17-2 while winning the program’s second Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship.

The Wildcats produced a season-high 18 hits in the game, but left 13 on base and had a quartet of errors that helped Tennessee Tech to score four unearned runs and secure its 11th victory of the season. Northwestern’s 18 hits Sunday were the most since the lineup pounded out 19 on April 7, 2013 at Purdue.

As for head coach Matt Bragga’s squad, the Golden Eagles got off to a great start with the bat against the Wildcats, hammering home four runs in the first inning of the game.

Tech took advantage of four Northwestern missteps throughout the contest, including one in the opening inning. Following a first-half run by the Wildcats, Tech made two quick outs to start the bottom half. But slugger Zach Stephens woke the Golden Eagle bats up, drilling a single just inside the left field line to start a two-out barrage.

Senior Brandon Thomasson drew a walk in the next at-bat and was immediately joined on base by third baseman Daniel Miles, who took a pitch off the elbow to load the bases for Dylan Bosheers.

The junior came through, lacing a single to center field to drive in two runs and give the Tech squad the early 2-1 lead. Jake Rowland then smacked a high hopper to shortstop, leaving no doubt that the inning would be over. But as the shortstop tossed the ball to second for the force out, Northwestern second baseman muffed the throw, allowing Bosheers to slide in safely and Rowland to reach on a fielder’s choice.

Left fielder David Allen made the Wildcats pay for the mistake, smacking a two-run single to left field to increase the Tech lead to 4-1.

The Tech squad scratched across another run in the bottom of second to up its advantage to 5-1. Second baseman Zach Zarzour led off the inning with a bunt single to third base and eventually made it all the way around, scoring on a fielder’s choice ball by Daniel Miles.

The Wildcats made things interesting in the third, tallying two runs off a double by Matt Hopfner and single by Cody Stevens to cut the Tech lead down to 5-3. But another defensive miscue led to an unearned run by Bosheers in the fifth.

After reaching with a single to right center field, Bosheers stole second to set up Jake Rowland with a man in scoring position and one out. Rowland connected on a routine hit to left field, advancing Bosheers to third. But the Wildcat left fielder bobbled the ball as he tried to pick it up, allowing Bosheers to cross the plate.

Northwestern wasn’t about to give up, however, striking fear into the Golden Eagle fans in the top of the seventh. The Wildcats quickly loaded the bases with no one out, looking to break the game wide open.

Following an RBI single by Nick Linne, the call went to Cookeville native Ross Spurgeon to come in and shut down the threat. He did a remarkable job, allowing just two more runs to score off of a sac fly and single to right field before striking out Jack Mitchell and forcing Zach Jones into an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop. The damage had been done though, as Northwestern tied the game 6-6.

But just as the Wildcats thought their luck was turning for the better, it got worse. Miles kicked things off by drawing a four-pitch walk. Two batters later Bosheers connected on another base hit that gave a Northwestern outfielder problems. This time the center fielder mishandled the ball, giving Miles the opportunity to come home and rally the Golden Eagles back to a 7-6 lead.

Spurgeon then killed any momentum the Wildcats might still have had, shutting them down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. The righty struck out the first batter on four pitches before forcing the next Northwestern player to foul out on an 0-2 count. He finished the inning by fanning another Wildcat on three pitches.

Tech added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, letting redshirt freshman Hunter Hudson run wild as a pinch hitter. The outfielder singled to left field to lead-off the inning and promptly stole second. He then scored on an RBI single to left field by Zarzour, showing his blazing speed by beating the throw attempt by a mile.

On came closer Seth Lucio in the top of the ninth to close things out. And that’s just what the junior did, earning his fourth save of the season with quick work.

The Golden Eagles ran wild in the game, swiping seven bases, including two each for Bosheers, Zarzour, and Rowland.

Overall, Bosheers and Zarzour led the offensive punch for the Tech squad. Bosheers finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored while Zarzour tallied three hits in five trips to the plate. He scored a run while driving in one as well.

Spurgeon garnered his second win of the season, tossing two innings while allowing just one hit and striking out three.

Next on the schedule for the Golden Eagles is big midweek match-up at No. 4 Vanderbilt on Tuesday, Mar. 4. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. CT as the Tech squad will look for lightning to strike twice in Nashville. In last season’s contest, Tech grabbed the win over the No. 2-ranked Commodores, completing a 10-9 victory for the biggest upset in Golden Eagle athletics history.

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Golden Eagles finish four-game sweep with 12-1 victory over NYIT

Golden Eagles finish four-game sweep with 12-1 victory over NYIT

Posted on 23 February 2014 by Allen

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The offense kept hitting for the Tennessee Tech baseball team Sunday afternoon as the Golden Eagles wrapped up a four-game sweep of NYIT with a 12-1 victory at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex.

Nine Tech players combined for 14 hits against the Bears, including three players with muti-hit affairs.

Leading the Golden Eagles offensively were juniors David Allen, Jordan Hopkins, and Dylan Bosheers. Starting in left field, Allen put togehter an impressive day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. He also stole a base for the Golden Eagles.

Hopkins, who spent the day as Tech’s designated hitter, also went 3-for-3 in the contest, scoring three runs while driving in two and garnering a walk. The starting shortstop, Bosheers collected two hits and scored three runs.

The Golden Eagles scratched three runs across in the bottom of the second inning, using a free pass and hit-by-pitch from NYIT to give Allen base runners with no outs. He promptly singled through the right side, driving in the first run of the contest. Following a walk of Jordan Parris, second baseman Zach Zarzour ripped a ball to second that became a fielder’s choice and drove in a run.

Zach Stephens added a sacrifice fly to right center field to wrap up the scoring for the inning. But the Golden Eagles would not stop there.

Tech added two more runs in the bottom of the third with a double by Bosheers, an RBI single by Hopkins, and an RBI double Allen. And there was still more to go.

In the fourth, the Tech bats really took off, putting up a five spot while going all the way through the lineup and some. The Golden Eagles also added two more runs in the eighth inning to finish the weekend on a great tear offensivley.

John Gora earned his first career victory as a Golden Eagle, tossing five innings with six strikeouts and just one hit allowed. Four Tech relievers, along with Gora, combined for 13 strikeouts on the day, allowing a total of only four hits and one earned run.

The Tech squad will return to the diamond on Tuesday, Feb. 25 when it hosts in-state rival Lipscomb in a 3 p.m. match-up. Admission to Tech baseball games is free and open to all fans.

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TN Tech rolls with 11-2 win over NYIT

Posted on 21 February 2014 by Allen

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It didn’t take long for the Tennessee Tech baseball team to claim victory in Cookeville as the Golden Eagles (4-1) won their home opener in style Friday afternoon, disposing the NYIT Bears (0-1), 11-2, at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex.

The Golden Eagles used two huge innings to grab victory over the Bears, striking for four runs in the bottom of the fifth and six more in the eighth.

Providing the spark at the plate was senior Brandon Thomasson, who fell just a single shy of completing the cycle. The right fielder went off with a 3-for-4 day at the dish, garnering a walk while driving in six runs.

NYIT started things off, scoring a run in the top of the second inning off a wild pitch by Tech starter Chris Chism. The junior settled down after the inning allowing just one more run (unearned) the rest of the way while striking out three batters and scattering four hits across six innings.

Tech answered in the bottom half as shortstop Dylan Bosheers squeezed an RBI single through the right side to even things up at 1-1.

The Bears tallied one more run in the contest, retaking the lead in the fourth. With the bases loaded and just one, first baseman Nick Dellasperanza recorded the team’s lone RBI, hammering a ball to shortstop that forced Bosheers into a fielder’s choice at second base. The run gave NYIT a 2-1 lead heading to the fifth inning.

The deficit would not last long for the Tech squad, however, as the Golden Eagles quickly turned things around in the bottom of the fifth. Leadoff man Zach Zarzour kicked things off by reaching base after being plunked by a pitch. Bosheers followed, drawing a five-pitch walk to bring up Tech slugger Zach Stephens. The senior worked a full count before getting hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Thomasson.

Arguably the hottest hitter in the Golden Eagle lineup, Thomasson took a 2-1 pitch deep to right field, crushing a grand slam to give his team the lead for good. At the end of the fifth, Tech led 5-2.

Both teams cruised over the next two and half innings before the Golden Eagles lit up the scoreboard again, giving the Bears trouble with a bunt drill.

After designated hitter Tyler Brazelton led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, junior David Allen laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the redshirt freshman over. NYIT struggled to field the ball, allowing Allen to reach first safely and Brazelton to advance to third base. Jordan Parris copied Allen, dropping a sac bunt of his own that created problems for the Bears once again. Parris reached on another error while Brazelton scored and Allen advanced to second base.

With still no outs in the inning, Zarzour also attempted a sac bunt, forcing a third error in the inning by NYIT and allowing Parris to advance to third and Allen to score another run for the Golden Eagles.

The Bears recorded an out on the next batter, but walked Stephens to load the bases for third baseman Daniel Miles. The senior drilled a single through the left side, driving in two runs and advancing to second on the throw home. Thomasson continued his hot day in the next at-bat, narrowly missing his second home run of the game with a triple off the top of the right center field wall. He drove in two runs on the play, extending Tech’s lead to 11-2.

Chism earned his first career victory after six innings of work. Jeb Scoggins, Ross Spurgeon, and Cain Sloan all pitched in for the final nine outs. Each Golden Eagle threw one inning apiece, combining for four strikeouts and just two hits allowed.

Thomasson finished the day with a double, a triple, and a home run while driving in six and scoring one run himself. Bosheers and Allen both recorded multi-hit games as well, each grabbing two hits in the contest. Zarzour, Stephens, and Allen scored two runs each on the day and Stephens recorded just on at-bat, drawing three walks.

The Golden Eagles will return to action Saturday at noon with the first act of a double header with the Bears. The second contest is set for a 3 p.m. start.

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