DESPITE STRONG PITCHING, TIGER SOFTBALL FALLS TO TENNESSEE-MARTIN
NASHVILLE --- Despite strong pitching efforts, the Tennessee State softball team (14-33, 3-13 OVC) was unable to pick up a win over visiting Tennessee-Martin (27-18, 10-6 OVC) on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers dropped both ends of a doubleheader, 3-0, and 3-1. Game one saw both teams unable to get a runner across the plate until the latter half of the contest. In the top of the fifth inning, the Skyhawks got on the board, collecting three runs. UTM was able to hold on to the 3-0 lead for the win. The nightcap again saw a stalemate at zero, forcing the game into extra innings. Finally in the top of the ninth inning, the Skyhawks made their move. After Sarah Daws was walked, a sacrifice bunt by Fallon Lawery moved Daws to second base. A double to center field by Jennifer Young scored Daws and an overthrow also scored Young on the play. Christa Webb doubled to right center and a single by Nicole Davis sent Webb over the plate, bringing the score to 3-0 in favor of Tennessee-Martin. Rookie Hollie Sanders (Columbia, Tenn.) led the charge in the bottom of the ninth with a solo homerun, her fifth of the season. However, it was too little to late as the Tigers fell, 3-1. Sophomore Justine Jontz (Hendersonville, Tenn.) racked up a career-high eight strikeouts in game two and Sanders went 3 for 4 in the same contest. Senior Shannon Hicks (Smyrna, Tenn.) also smashed her ninth double of the season. Tennessee State will wrap up its three-game set with Tennessee-Martin on Sunday at Tiger Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.