TIGERS LOSE HEARTBREAKER IN TENTH INNING
Nashville, TN--Tennessee State dropped the final game of the series with Eastern Illinois 3-2 in ten innings. The Tigers (16-26, 2-14) saw its chance for its first series win of the season slip away on a wild pitch that allowed the winning run to cross in the tenth. EIU increased their record to 27-17-1 and 9-6 in the OVC. The Panthers opened the scoring in the fourth inning as Rachel Karos crossed the plate on an errant throw by shortstop Nira Robbins for a 1-0 lead. The Tigers answered back in the bottom of the inning on a two-out single by freshman Melanie Cruz, which allowed junior Diana Clifford to score from second base. TSU would take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Leena Worrell home run. The senior from Butte, Mont., crushed a 1-0 pitch from Kathleen Jacoby over the left field fence. EIU responded in the seventh as they took advantage of two close encounters. Robyn Mackie hit a sharp ball up the middle that starting pitcher Candace Hildebrand could only get the tip of her glove on. Mackie would narrowly beat out the throw from Robbins to give the Panthers a runner on with one out. Jacoby followed with a double to deep center that glanced off of the glove of a sprinting Diana Clifford, moving Mackie to third. Chelsea Adams would bring in Mackie with a sacrifice fly to center and notch the score at two a piece. Eastern Illinois took advantage of the international tie-breaker in the tenth as Jacoby started the inning on second base and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Angela Dance. Jacoby would score on a 0-1 wild pitch by Stephanie Kemme. The freshman pitcher from New Albany, Ind., took the loss pitching three innings of relief allowing one hit with two strike outs and fell to 1-6 on the season. Tennessee State returns to the diamond on Wednesday, April 19, as they host the University of Memphis in a non-conference doubleheader. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Tiger Field.