TSU GAINS SOFTBALL SPLIT WITH BELMONT
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State's Kristina Blair tossed a two-hitter in the nightcap to lead the Lady Tigers to a 4-1 victory and gain a split with visiting Belmont in city softball play Tuesday evening. Belmont won the opener 11-3 in eight innings. Hollie Sanders hit a two-run home run over the center field fence to get TSU off to the good start in the first inning of the second game. Sanders' second home run of the season scored Heather Ebersole who had each with a one out single. The Tigers plated two more runs in the fourth inning to extend their lead. Sanders led off the frame with a double that bounced back into play after hitting the top of the right center field fence. Laura Freeman's single scored Sanders to make the score 3-0. Amanda Buhler's groundout scored Freeman for the fourth TSU run. Blair went the distance and missed the shutout as the Bruins scored their lone run in the sixth inning. Pitcher Jennifer Batte was the only walk given up by Blair and scored on Angie Helseth's double down the right field line. TSU bounced back to win the second game after Belmont scored eight runs in the eighth inning of the first game. With the tie scored 3-3, the international tie breaker rule where a runner is placed on second went into effect. Belmont had five hits and TSU made two costly errors as all the runs were unearned. Center fielder Erin Mullen was 4-for-5 with two RBI and Jess Seymour, Heather Grossnickle, and Sara Peeples all had three hits each. TSU was limited two just two hits by Angie Hoeye, but had their chances thanks to seven walks and four wild pitches. TSU had erased a two-run deficit with two runs in the sixth inning as both runs scored on wild pitches. The Tigers play a doubleheader at Lipscomb on Thursday.