Wednesday, May 3, 2006
SOFTBALL HOSTS MOREHEAD STATE TO CLOSE OUT 2006 SEASON The Tennessee State women's softball program heads into the final week of the 2006 season as they host Ohio Valley Conference opponent Morehead State this weekend. The Tigers (19-34, 3-16 OVC) close out one of the most successful seasons in school history starting on Saturday evening due to Tennessee State's graduation ceremonies. THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE: May 6 Morehead State vs. Tennessee State DH 6/8 p.m. Tiger Field May 7 Morehead State vs Tennessee State Single 1 p.m. Tiger Field EYE ON THE TIGERS: Joyce Maudie has won 269 games as a head coach and ranks number one in TSU softball history, in just her fifth year, with 62 wins. As a team, the Tigers are batting .231 with 57 doubles, five triples, and 18 home runs. The pitching staff currently boasts the best team earned-run-average in school history at 3.02. They have thrown seven shutouts and have recorded 185 strikeouts. Senior Leena Worrell leads the team in hitting with a .327 average, doubles (12), RBI (34), and shares the lead with junior Emily Samana with seven home runs. Samana is the owner of the highest on-base-percentage (.422) with a team high 27 walks and leads the team in runs scored with 24. Senior Nira Robbins leads the team in hits (52) and triples (2) and ranks towards the top in average (.295), runs (23), doubles (9), and homeruns (4). Junior Candace Hildebrand leads the pitching staff with a 10-13 record, one save, and a 1.95 ERA. Hildebrand has struck out 75 in 147 innings pitched and has four complete game shutouts. Sophomore transfer Lauren Weber (3-10, 4.30) has 56 strike outs in 71.2 innings and freshman Stephanie Kemme is 1-7 with a 3.90 ERA. Freshman Samantha Hurst is second on the team in wins with a 5-4 record, but has been sidelined of late due to chronic injuries. LAST WEEK: TSU split a non-conference doubleheader at Western Kentucky, dropped a single game at Tennessee Tech and won one of three at Eastern Kentucky. The week record of 2-4 helped the Tigers continue their best single season record improving to 19-34. TIGERS 1 Western Kentucky 0: Junior Emily Samana (Petaluma, CA/Santa Rosa JC) hit her sixth home run of the season for the only run TSU would need to defeat Western Kentucky 1-0 on Tuesday in Bowling Green, Kent. Samana's towering shot to left center led off the top of the seventh inning breaking the pitching duel between Adrienne Lathrop and Candace Hildebrand (Arizona Western CC). Western Kentucky 4 TIGERS 0: The fortunes turned in game two as WKU starter Ryan Rogge threw a two-hit shutout against TSU. The Hilltoppers scored two runs off starter Lauren Weber in the third inning and two runs off reliever Stephanie Kemme in the sixth for the 4-0 win. Eastern Kentucky 8 TIGERS 0 (6 innings): EKU used a seven run sixth inning to win game one of the three-game series. The Colonels took advantage of two errors and added five hits for the decisive inning. Kelsey Anderson limited the TSU bats to two hits, singles by Robbins and Worrell. Eastern Kentucky 3 TIGERS 2: Erin Finneran, who reached on a double, scored in the second inning when Stephanie Kemme hit a tweener to left field that tipped off the end of the shortstops glove to give TSU a 1-0 lead. The Tigers extended the lead to 2-0 on a laser homer run by Samana in the fourth inning. EKU stormed back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and one more in the fifth. Anderson returned for the Colonels to keep TSU at bay for the final three innings. TIGERS 3 Eastern Kentucky 2: Heather Ebersole scored on a pass ball and Lauren Smoot beat a throw to the plate on a Candace Hildebrand fielders choice to second to give TSU a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Tennessee State increased the lead to 3-0 in the third when Ebersole avoided the play at home as Hildebrand picked up her second RBI of the game with a single to right field. Hildebrand fended off the Colonels for six innings with help from her defense including a brilliant double play by Leena Worrell in the third inning. Worrell fielded a grounder at third and pump faked a throw to first to bait an EKU runner off of third. Worrell turned back for the tag and wheeled around and threw to Samana in time for the third out of the inning. Hildebrand improved to 10-13 and Stephanie Kemme picked up the first save of her career as she pitched the final three outs. TOP PERFORMANCES FOR THE WEEK: Candace Hildebrand: 2-2, 1.09 ERA, 1 shutout, 25.2 innings pitched, 18 strikeouts Heather Ebersole: 5-19 .263 avg., 2 run, 1 double, 1 stolen base Leena Worrell: 4-16 .250 avg., 1 double Jessica Sesson: 2-8 .250 avg., 1 double Week Individual Highs: RUNS: 2, 2 tied (Ebersole & Samana) HITS: 5, Heather Ebersole DOUBLES: 1, 4 tied (Worrell, Ebersole, Sesson, Finneran) HOME RUNS: 2, Emily Samana RBI: 2, 2 tied (Samana & Hildebrand) WALKS: 2, Samana STOLEN BASES: 1, 2 tied (Smoot & Ebersole) SCOUTING MOREHEAD STATE: Jill Karwoski is in her third season as head coach of the Eagles and holds a 40-108 record. MSU comes into the final week of the season 12-38, 2-22 in the OVC, 10th. They are coming off a 6-4 win over Samford and a 1-3 week, losing a 3-2 decision to Eastern Kentucky before dropping two of three to the Bulldogs. As a team they are hitting .221 with 47 doubles, nine home runs, and are 35 of 42 in stolen bases. Junior outfielder Krystle Coleman leads the way for the Eagles with a .308 batting average. Coleman is second on the team in runs scored (16), triples (2) and stolen bases (9). Freshman Bri Jones (.288, 45-156) provides the speed leading with 26 runs, three triples, and 16 stolen bases. Sophomore Brandy Bucher (.259, 30-116) is the leading run producer with 16 runs batted in and 12 doubles with two home runs. Morehead has compiled a 4.00 team ERA striking out 170and walking 99 in 323.2 innings of work. Senior Ashley Hubbell leads the team with a 6-11 record, one shutout, and a 3.21 ERA in 100.1 innings. Sophomore Kari Quinn (3-13, 4.37) leads the squad in strike outs with 76 in 101 innings. Junior's Lauren Cook (3-7, 3.75) and Chrissy Timberlake (0-7, 5.32) have also shared a good amount of innings for the Eagles. SETTING THE MARK: Junior Candace Hildebrand tied the Tigers single season win record with her tenth victory, a 3-2 decision over Eastern Kentucky on April 30. Hildebrand equaled the mark set by Shannon Hicks during the 2001 season. TSU enters the final three games of the season this weekend against Morehead State as Hildebrand will toe the rubber with the opportunity to set another new standard for Tennessee State softball. KEEP ON ROLLIN': TSU has turned an average of .43 double plays per game this season, which ranks 10th, tied with Furman, South Florida and Oregon State in NCAA Division-I play. DePaul and Georgia Tech lead the way with .54 turns per game. The Tigers have turned 23 double plays on the season. Tennessee State has turned 12 in each of the last three seasons and recorded 14 in 2002. NEW SINGLE SEASON MARK: The Tigers defeated Austin Peay 1-0 on Saturday, April 22, for its 17th win surpassing the old mark of 16 set by the 2004 team for most victories in a season. Junior Candace Hildebrand pitched a three-hit shutout striking out six and Senior Nira Robbins supplied the run after leading off the bottom of the first with a single and scoring when senior Leena Worrell singled up the middle and the APSU catcher could not handle the throw home. This also marks only the fourth time in the programs 13 year history for a Tiger team to reach double-digit wins. All four 10-win seasons have been accomplished within the past six years. TSU has three games remaining on the schedule,all three at Tiger Field. TURN OF THE CENTURY: The April 22nd 1-0 win over Austin Peay also accomplished the 100th win in Tennessee State softball history. TSU is one win away from its first twenty win season. 1994 1-36 1995 3-44 1996 4-47 1997 4-38 1998 5-36 1999 5-33 2000 5-42 2001 13-26 2002 10-32 2003 9-33 2004 16-41 2005 8-36 2006 19-34 (current record as of May 1)