TOUGH FIRST GAME LOSS PAVES WAYTO TWINBILL SETBACK FOR SOFTBALL TEAM
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State's softball team carried a 1-0 lead into the final inning, but Western Kentucky rallied for a game-tying run would go on to post a 2-1 victory in the first game. The Hilltoppers scored two runs in three innings on the way to a 7-0 victory in the second game. TSU was playing its home openers against the Hilltoppers on Saturday and got a strong pitching performance from starter Tara Evanisko, who had carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. The Tigers had carried a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning. Transfer Nira Robbins tripled down the left field line and scored on Leena Worrell's groundout to second base. Western got a leadoff single in the seventh and a double from designated player Shelby Smith. Pitcher Adrienne Lathrop helped her own cause with a double to center field. Kristina Blair relieved Evanisko in the sixth inning and ended the seventh with a strikeout to strand two runners. In the eighth, the tie breaker went into effect with a runner placed at second. The Hilltoppers what proved to be the winning run on a fielder's choice. In the second game, TSU had six hits, but stranded six runners and committed three errors. Sam Young had a two-run homer for the Toppers. TSU will be off from game action until March 6 when they began play at the Rebel Games in Orlando, Fla.