SOFTBALL PICKS UP SECOND OVC WIN AFTER SPLIT WITH AUSTIN PEAY
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State softball team (13-26, 2-6 OVC) split a pair of games with visiting Austin Peay (13-25, 4-8 OVC) on Friday afternoon at Tiger Field. The Lady Govs took the opener, 4-0, and the Tigers shutout APSU, 1-0, in the nightcap. Both teams would remain off the scoreboard until the top of third inning in the first game of the doubleheader. Jennifer Simpkins launched a triple deep into left center and came home when Amy Hale singled to right field. Not picking up any runs in the following inning, the Lady Govs recorded two more in the top of the fifth. Hale doubled and was followed by a triple by Brianna Venable, who notched two RBIs on the play. Up 3-0, Austin Peay continued to keep a strangle hold on Tennessee State's scoring. The Lady Govs went on to collect their fourth run of the game in the top of the seventh. Tennessee State recorded seven hits but could not capitalize on its opportunities in the opening game, falling 4-0. Game two proved to be a much different game for the Tigers. Led by sophomore Justine Jontz (Hendersonville, Tenn.), who recorded six strikeouts on the day, and rookie Nitisha McWherter (Paris, Tenn.) who made several great stops at third base, Tennessee State kept the Lady Govs off the board. The stalemate finally ended in the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Caryn Barber (Santa Rosa, Calif.), who went 2 for 3 in game two, knocked her fourth double of the season down the right field line and was followed by senior Catriona Smith's (Marion, N.C.) bunt. After rookie Hollie Sanders (Columbia, Tenn.) was walked, senior Shannon Hicks (Smyrna, Tenn.) came to the plate with no outs and bases loaded. A force play put Barber out at home but a single to center field by sophomore Misty Adfield (Twin Falls, Idaho) sent Smith home for the first run of the day. Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday to wrap up the three-game series with Austin Peay. Action is set to get underway at 1 p.m. at Tiger Field.