The WVU Tech softball team was defeated 10-0 Thursday by the University of the Cumberlands in the first round of the 2008 Mid-South Conference softball tournament.

The Patriots plated six runs in their first at-bat and added four more in their second to defeat the Golden Bears in five innings. Tiffany Meadors led the Patriot attack with a three-run homer in the first and finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Samantha Kooch and Mindy Breithollie added three hits each for the Patriots (21-18). Breithollie also earned the win, pitching all five innings and giving up only one hit.

Ripley’s Alexis Cox had the lone base knock for the Golden Bears, who dropped to 5-30 on the year. Morgan DiBello, from Chesterfield, Va., was tagged with the loss.

WVU Tech faced the Georgetown-Pikeville loser Friday in the double-elimination tournament.

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Campbellsville University defeated WVU Tech 4-1 in the second game of the 2008 MSC baseball tournament to advance to the second round of the winner’s bracket.

The Tigers used a solo home run by Hector Urbaneja to take an early 1-0 lead after one inning. They would tack on three more runs in the second to take control, and Tiger starter Jeff Duda did the rest. The senior righty struck out 12 while allowing only two Gabby Santiago hits in earning the complete-game win.

Lee Darracott and Urbaneja each ended the day with two hits, while Urbaneja accumulated three RBIs. The Tigers roughed up Tech starter Donovan Reeves, who allowed four runs on six hits in five innings.

The Golden Bears faced Pikeville College Friday.

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The Tech softball squad split its regular season finale last Tuesday with Bluefield College, winning the first game 9-1 but falling 14-6 in the second outing.

Tech (5-29) captured its win in five innings, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth to cruise. After falling behind 1-0 on a Bluefield homer, Tech scored twice in the second and added three more runs in the third to take a commanding 5-1 lead. The Bears were led by freshmen Amy McLaughlin and Brittany Summers, who each finished 3-for-3 with an RBI. Freshman Shayla Cook chipped in two hits and two RBIs.

Morgan DiBello went the distance for Tech, pitching five innings of four-hit ball and allowing one run with three strikeouts.

The second game was not as kind to Tech as Bluefield belted out 14 hits on its way to the eight-run victory. After a DiBello solo homer gave Tech a 1-0 lead in the first, the Bears tacked on a second run in their next at-bat to take a 2-0 lead.

Bluefield scored at least two runs in each of the next five innings, culminating in a five-run seventh, to put the game out of reach.

McLaughlin again led Tech at the plate, going 2-for-4. Senior Alexis Cox contributed a three-run home run.

DiBello was tagged with the loss.

(Oliverio is assistant sports information director at WVU Tech.)

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