Tuesday, April 27, 2004
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State softball team (14-35, 3-15 OVC) was unable to sustain its early lead over visiting Samford (21-29, 12-8 OVC) on Tuesday night at Tiger Field. The Tigers dropped the single game 3-1 to the Bulldogs. In the bottom of the second inning, sophomore Misty Adfield (Twin Falls, Idaho) got things started for the Tigers after reaching on a fielding error by the thirdbaseman. Sophomore Joy Thompson (Blytheville, Ark.), making her fifth start of the season, was fooled by a curve ball and struck out. A bunt by classmate Amanda Buhler (Twin Falls, Idaho) moved Adfield to second. Samford's Emilee Lewis then walked senior Alana Thomas (Bristol, Va.), loading the bases before a new pitcher was entered into the game. However, the Tigers could not be stopped and the next batter, junior Caryn Barber (Santa Rosa, Calif.) singled to right center, scoring Adfield. A squeeze play at the plate put two outs on the board before the next batter flied out to right field. The Tigers were able to hold on to their 1-0 lead until the top of the fourth inning. With two outs already recorded, Samford made its move. Jenna Dempski singled to left and was followed by a base on balls by Kayla Watkins. An untimely hit by pitch loaded the bases before a single to left center by Liz Pearce sent two runners over the plate. A single by Trisha Holman notched the third run for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Justine Jontz (Hendersonville, Tenn.) was brought in to relieve Thomas inside the circle and made quick work of her first batter to end the inning. Jontz kept the Bulldog offense at bay, recording a total of four strikeouts, including three consecutive swinging strikeouts to put down Samford's half of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the same inning, Tennessee State recorded one hit when Thomas dropped a perfect bunt in front of the plate and capitalized on a Bulldog error but was unable to convert it into a run to narrow the scoring gap. Samford held on for the 3-1 win. Relief pitcher Erin Landsburg picked up her eighth win while Susanna Meyer notched her first save of the season. Tennessee State returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to take on Jacksonville State. The teams will play a doubleheader, first completing their game that was halted by lightning last week at Tiger Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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