SOFTBALL NEARLY TAKES ONE FROM NEWLY CROWNED OVC CHAMPS EASTERN KENTUCKY
RICHMOND, Ky. --- The Tennessee State softball team (16-41, 5-21 OVC) nearly halted the five-game win streak of the newly crowned Ohio Valley Conference champion Colonels of Eastern Kentucky (39-14, 22-4 OVC). Instead, EKU held on to a narrow one run lead to take the contest 3-2. The Tigers were the first to score, putting a run on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Senior Alana Thomas (Bristol, Va.) got things started, beating out a throw to first base after a quick bunt. Classmate Shannon Hicks (Smyrna, Tenn.) followed with a single deep to left field, extending her hitting streak to seven games. Freshman Hollie Sanders (Columbia, Tenn.) reached on a fielder's choice but Hicks was squeezed at second. Sophomore Misty Adfield (Twin Falls, Idaho) smashed her ninth double of the season, scoring Thomas. Tennessee State managed to keep the Colonels off the board until the bottom of the fifth inning when a homerun over the left field fence with two runners on by Jennifer Norris put EKU up, 3-1. TSU inched closer in the top of the sixth inning after Thomas was sent over the plate again by a single by Adfield. Unfortunately, Sanders was tagged out at home, attempting to knot the score at three. Tennessee State finishes the 2004 season with a 16-41 overall record, the most ever wins for a Tiger team since joining the OVC.