Friday, March 3, 2006
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State softball team will be looking for a beneficial week when the Tigers head to the Orlando, Fla. area for the Rebel Spring Games, beginning Sunday (March 5). The Tigers will carry a 5-5 record into the trip after winning two of three games in Georgia State's rain-shortened tournament last weekend. The Tigers begin play Sunday morning against Big East Conference member Providence University. "We are looking forward to our spring trip to the Rebel Games," said TSU head coach Joyce Maudie. "We play 10 different schools in six days, so it will be a challenging week, as well as a great opportunity to learn and grow as a group. "I really like the effort that this team is putting forth and expect to have a positive week in Florida. These upcoming games are instrumental in preparing us for a tough OVC schedule." The Tigers will be facing a diversity of Division I schools on their trip. Along with Providence, TSU is scheduled to meet Sacred Heart, Valparaiso, Yale, St. Peters, Robert Morris, Holy Cross, Maine, Creighton, and Indiana Purdue-Ft. Wayne. The Tigers final games will be on Friday (March 10). At the Georgia State Tournament, after games were rained out on Saturday, the Tigers were forced to play three games Sunday. TSU defeated St. Francis (Pa.), 10-2, Furman, 8-7 with loss coming to the host Georgia State team, 7-2. In the win over St. Francis, Candace Hildebrand pitched five complete inning to notch her first collegiate win. Senior second baseman Heather Ebersole was 2-for3 with a stolen base. Nira Robbins second home run of the season was a two-run shot and a highlight in the Georgia State defeat. Emily Samana's home run on the first pitch in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the winning margin over Southern Conference member Furman. The winning blast put the cap on a 3-for-4 game at the plate for Samana. Erin Finneran was 2-for-3 with a double.