SOFTBALL DROPS TWO ON OPENING DAY OF GEORGIA STATE INVITATIONAL
ATLANTA, Ga. --- The Tennessee State softball team dropped two contests on the road at the Georgia State Invitational on Saturday. The Tigers were shutout by host-Georgia State, 9-0, and fell in the nightcap to Eastern Kentucky, 5-2. The Lady Panthers got on the board early against Tennessee State, bringing two runs across the plate in the bottom of the first inning. After holding the Lady Tigers scoreless for the next four innings, Georgia State smashed three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning, sending seven runners over the plate and ending the game. In the nightcap, Tennessee State got a preview of a Ohio Valley Conference matchup when they took on Eastern Kentucky. Despite getting two hits to open the first inning, the Colonels were the first to score. The Lady Tigers replied in the second inning with a shot by Caryn Barber to center field that scored Laura Freeman. Tennessee State scored again in the third inning when Hollie Sanders picked up her first home run of the season, sending the ball over the left center fence. However, Eastern Kentucky fired back and picked up three runs off three hits in the bottom of the third and managed to hold on to the slim 5-2 lead for the win. The Lady Tigers return to action on Sunday as they face Manhattan at 12:15 p.m. EST and then will play in the consolation game at 4:45 p.m. EST.