TIGER SOFTBALL DROPS TWO ON SECOND DAY AT SACRAMENTO STATE TOURNAMENT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- The Tennessee State softball team dropped its opening game on the second day of competition at the Capital Classic hosted by Sacramento State on Saturday morning, falling to 1-2 in the tournament. The Tigers fell 10-1 to Wisconsin. The Badgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Eden Brock, who threw the entire five innings for Wisconsin, only allowed three Tiger hits while Tennessee State's pitching staff, junior Tarah Evanisko, senior Shannon Hicks and rookie Nitisha McWherther, could only collect one strikeout on the day. Sophomore Misty Adfield (Twin Falls, Idaho) went 1-for-2 in the game and crossed the plate as the Tigers' lone run against Wisconsin in the top of the fifth inning. A single deep to center field by junior Sabrina Smiley (Eagle River, Alaska), who also went 1-for-2 against the Badgers, sent Adfield home. In the Tigers second matchup of the day, they took on the Panthers of Pittsburgh. After going scoreless for the first three innings, Tennessee State was the first to cross the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Shannon Hicks (Smyrna, Tenn.) smashed her fourth double of the season into left center to start a Tiger rally. A hit by freshman Hollie Sanders (Columbia, Tenn.) sent senior Catriona Smith, (Marion, N.C.) who had reached on a walk, over the plate. The Panthers answered back in the top of the next inning, sending one runner home . The teams would remain knotted at one each for the next two innings, forcing the international tie-breaker. A double by Jen O'Donnell sent the first Pitt player over the plate and a Tiger error sent another runner home on the next play. A triple by Joey Scarf recorded three RBI and Tennessee State was unable to recover in its half of the eighth, falling, 6-1. Tennessee State returns to action on Sunday as it takes on Purdue on the final day of the Capital Classic. Action is set to get underway at 9 a.m. PST.