Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team will prepare for a three game series with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The two teams play Friday, April 22 at 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m., before the conclusion on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00p.m. All games will be held at Tiger Field.
The Tigers (10-39 , 4-20 OVC) will host the SIU Edwardsville Cougars (22-22 (14-7 OVC). The Cougars were in the midst of a seven-game winning streak before dropping a, 10-1, bid to their sister school Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. To add to the Cougars inability to score runs in the contest, they also gave up nine hits, including a two-run home run and a grand slam. Erika Taylor was charged will the loss, and is now 15-12 on the year. The Cougars are led by Taylor Tooley whose .344 batting average leads the squad. Tooley has also scored a team leading 26 runs on the year to add to 25 RBI and five homeruns. Pitcher Erika Taylor brings a 2.74 ERA into the circle while recording 194 strike outs on the year.
As a team the Cougars are batting .242, while the pitching staff allows 3.38 earned runs per game.
Last Time Out
The Tigers' road troubles have continued to haunt them as they recently dropped a three-game series to Morehead State. In game one, the Tigers were not able to get runners on base as they recorded only four hits and scored one run, leading to a, 9-1, loss. The Tigers improved in game two, jumping out to a, 4-0, lead until the third inning. Then costly errors and a missed opportunity to score runners with the bases loaded, led to the Tigers letting the game slip away 12-4 in favor of the Eagles. The Tigers closed the series by dropping an, 11-3, decision to MSU. The Eagles came out to a six run first inning and the Tigers were just not able to rebound from the hot start.
Tedra Alford highlighted the series for the Tigers as she led the Tigers throughout, recording five hits, scoring three runs and tallying two RBI. Alford hit two homeruns in game two alone, extending her season total to four. On the season, she is now batting a team leading .336 with 44 hits and 20 runs scored.
The Tigers are batting .240 as a team while the TSU pitching staff has a 6.47 ERA.