TIGERS REACH 20-WIN MARK
Saturday, May 6, 2006
TIGERS REACH 20-WIN MARK FOR FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee State (20-35, 5-20) defeated Morehead State 5-0 in the first game of an OVC doubleheader to reach 20-wins for the first time in the programs 13 year existence. The Eagles (13-39, 3-23) won game two under the lights, 2-1. Senior Nira Robbins, junior Diana Clifford, and freshman Melanie Cruz collected two hits a piece to pace the Tigers offensively in Game one. Robbins hit the first of her two doubles to lead off the fourth and scored when Bri Jones could not handle the throw at first base on a Heather Ebersole sacrifice bunt. Clifford started the bottom of the fifth with a hit down the firstbase line that she outraced the Eagle infielders on the play. The hit started an inning in which the Tigers sent all nine batters to the plate. Cruz followed with a single to center and set-up runners on first and second for junior catcher Erin Finneran who crushed a double to right center to score both runners and give TSU a 3-0 lead. Robbins made the score 4-0 with her second double of the game down the left field line that would plate Finneran. Robbins scored the fourth run of the inning as Emily Samana reached on an error to put Tennessee State up 5-0. Junior Candace Hildebrand scattered five hits over seven innings to register her fifth shutout of the season. The win increases her record to 11-13 as she sets a new school record for most wins in a season. The second game saw TSU out hit Morehead 6-3, but dropped the game by a score of 2-1. Sophomore Lauren Weber (3-11) was in control of the game not allowing a hit until Lindsey Jackson hit a one-out triple in the fifth inning. Jackson scored two batters later as speedster Bri Jones hit a slow roller to third base and beat the throw from senior Leena Worrell. The Tigers responded in the bottom of the sixth inning as they loaded the bases with two outs. Clifford then hit a high chopper to short and was called safe at first as the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag allowing Worrell to score. Junior Emily Samana was thrown out at home plate as she tried to score from second. Jackson put the Eagles back on top with a home run over the right field fence in the seventh inning. The bottom half of the inning saw Finneran lead off with a pinch-hit single through the left side of the infield and then move to second when Lauren Weber reached safely on a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. Morehead pitcher Lauren Cook ended the threat getting Hildebrand to pop up to second, Robbins to ground out to short and Ebersole to ground out to first to end the game. Weber finished the game allowing three hits, while striking out seven. Tennessee State will conclude the 2006 season with a final game at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Tiger Field. Morehead State at Tennessee State (Game 1) May 06, 2006 at Nashville, Tenn. (Tiger Field) Morehead State 0 (12-39,2-23 OVC) Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ JONES, Bri 2b/lf......... 3 0 2 0 1 0 3 1 0 COLEMAN, Krystle cf...... 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 QUINN, Kari p............ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 TIMBERLAKE, Chrissy p... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HUBBELL, Ashley 1b....... 2 0 1 0 1 0 5 2 1 BUCHER, Brandy 3b........ 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 McGONNIGAL, Liz dp....... 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 KING, Becky ss........... 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 JACKSON, Lyndsey rf...... 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 YOUNG, Tessa lf.......... 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 ROSS, Melody 2b......... 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 MOLINA, Stacia c......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 Totals................... 25 0 5 0 2 4 18 9 8 Tennessee State 5 (20-34,5-19 OVC) Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ Nira Robbins ss.......... 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 5 0 Heather Ebersole 2b...... 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0 Leena Worrell 3b......... 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 Lauren Smoot pr......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Emily Samana 1b.......... 3 0 0 0 0 1 11 2 0 CandaceHildebrand p...... 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 Diana Clifford cf........ 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 Melanie Cruz rf.......... 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 Erin Finneran c.......... 3 1 1 2 0 0 5 1 0 Amanda Buhler lf......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 Samantha Hurst dp........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals................... 23 5 7 3 1 3 21 17 3 Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Morehead State...... 000 000 0 - 0 5 3 Tennessee State..... 000 140 X - 5 7 2 ----------------------------------------- E - JONES(3); KING 2(18); WORRELL, L.(19); SAMANA, E.(4). DP - Morehead 1. LOB - Morehead 8; Tennessee St 3. 2B - ROSS(7); ROBBINS, N. 2(11); FINNERAN, E.(9). HBP - JACKSON. SH - COLEMAN(16); EBERSOLE, H.(13); BUHLER, A.(5). SB - JONES 2(18). CS - JONES(4); CLIFFORD, D.(4). Morehead State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF ----------------------------------------------- QUINN, Kari......... 4.1 7 5 3 0 2 17 19 TIMBERLAKE, Chrissy. 1.2 0 0 0 1 1 6 7 Tennessee State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF ----------------------------------------------- CandaceHildebrand... 7.0 5 0 0 2 4 25 29 Win - HILDEBRAND (11-13). Loss - QUINN (3-14). Save - None. WP - TIMBERLAKE(5). HBP - by HILDEBRAND (JACKSON). Umpires - HP: Jim Cooper 1B: Michael Lett Start: 6:00 pm Time: 1:33 Attendance: Morehead State at Tennessee State (Game 2) May 06, 2006 at Nashville, Tenn. (Tiger Field) Morehead State 2 (13-39,3-22 OVC) Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ JONES, Bri lf............ 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 YOUNG, Tessa lf......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 COLEMAN, Krystle cf...... 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 TIMBERLAKE, Chrissy dp... 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 McGONNIGAL, Liz ph...... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 HUBBELL, Ashley 1b....... 2 0 0 0 1 1 10 1 1 ROSS, Melody 2b.......... 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 0 MOLINA, Stacia c......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 KING, Becky ss........... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 JACKSON, Lyndsey rf...... 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 WORKMAN, Jolene 3b....... 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 COOK, Lauren p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 Totals................... 25 2 3 2 3 7 21 9 5 Tennessee State 1 (20-35,4-20 OVC) Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB ------------------------------------------------------ Nira Robbins ss.......... 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 0 Heather Ebersole 2b...... 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 Leena Worrell 3b......... 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 Lauren Smoot pr......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Emily Samana 1b.......... 3 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 0 Melanie Cruz dp.......... 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 Diana Clifford lf........ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 Jessica Sesson c......... 2 0 0 0 0 1 7 1 0 Erin Finneran ph........ 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Lauren Weber p........... 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 Amanda Buhler cf......... 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 CandaceHildebrand ph.... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Ebon Jones rf............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals................... 28 1 6 0 0 3 21 11 7 Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------ Morehead State...... 000 010 10 - 2 3 3 Tennessee State..... 000 001 0X - 1 6 2 ------------------------------------------ E - WORKMAN 2(2); COOK(2); ROBBINS, N.(33); SAMANA, E.(4). LOB - Morehead 5; Tennessee St 7. 2B - ROBBINS, N.(10). 3B - JACKSON(1). HR - JACKSON(1). SH - WEBER, L.(1). SB - EBERSOLE, H.(7). CS - TIMBERLAKE(2). Morehead State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF ----------------------------------------------- COOK, Lauren........ 7.0 6 1 0 0 3 28 29 Tennessee State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF ----------------------------------------------- Lauren Weber........ 7.0 3 2 2 3 7 25 28 Win - COOK (4-7). Loss - WEBER, L. (3-11). Save - None. PB - SESSON, J.(1). Umpires - HP: Michael Lett 1B: Jim Cooper Start: 7:55 pm Time: 1:42 Attendance: 88