UNABLE TO CONVERT HITS INTO RUNS, SOFTBALL DROPS TWO AT EASTERN KENTUCKY
RICHMOND, Ky. --- The Tennessee State softball team (16-40, 5-20 OVC) turned up the defensive heat in its last doubleheader of the season but could not get runners over the plate despite racking up nine hits over the two games. The Tigers held the league-leading Eastern Kentucky Colonels (38-14, 21-4 OVC) to only four runs the entire day but was unable to put runs across the board on their behalf. TSU dropped the opener, 1-0, and despite a rally late in the nightcap fell, 3-1. The Colonels picked up the only run of game one in the bottom of the second inning behind a double by Amber Berthoud. Back-to-back singles by Kelsey Anderson and Jen Christiansen helped sent Berthoud over the plate. Senior Shannon Hicks (Smyrna, Tenn.) went 2 for 2 in the opening contest while rookie Hollie Sanders (Columbia, Tenn.) went 1 for 2. In the nightcap, Tennessee State recorded more hits, 6 to 3, but was unable to convert them into runs. Both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Berthoud launched her third homerun of the season. The Colonels increased their lead to three in the bottom of the sixth inning when a double by Jennifer Norris scored both Berthoud and Adriel Foxley. Tennessee State answered back in the top of the seventh inning. Senior Catriona Smith (Marion, N.C.) got things started with a smartly placed bunt. Freshman Laura Freeman (Nashville, Tenn.) and junior Misty Adfield (Twin Falls, Idaho) each followed with singles up the middle with Adfield picking up the RBI from Smith crossing the plate. However, the Colonels changed pitchers and were able to hold on to their slim 3-1 lead for the win. With the win over the Tigers in game one, Eastern Kentucky clinched the regular season Ohio Valley Conference title. The squads will face off again on Sunday, May 9 at 1 p.m. in both teams' final game of the regular season.