Saturday, March 25, 2006
NASHVILLE --- Melanie Cruz hit a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning to score the winning run and lift Tennessee State to a 2-1 win as the Tigers gained a doubleheader split with visiting Samford Saturday afternoon. Samford won the first game 1-0. TSU now stands 13-15 overall and 1-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Samford is 10-25 and 2-4. Emily Samana led off the TSU seventh with a walk. After one out, Samana moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Erin Finneran. Finneran reached first on the fielder's choice. Game one winner Stephanie Royall, who relieved starter Emilee Lewis after the walk to Samana, gave up the hit to Crux who just missed her first collegiate home run. The Tiger built a 1-0 lead as third baseman Leena Worrell led off the second inning with a home run over the left field fence, her fourth of the season. Candace Hildebrand carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Samford tied the game on an unearned run in the sixth after Erin Hall singled and would later score on a throwing error. Hildebrand improved to 4-5 with the complete game victory. Lewis falls to 3-9. In the first game in a pitching duel between Samford's Stephanie Royall and TSU's Stephnaie Kemme, a lead off home run in the second inning proved to be the decisive run. Samford's Shelley Stanley hit a Kemme pitch over the right center field fence to give the Bulldogs the only run they would need. Kemme would allow a second inning to Jeslyn Metcalf had a one out single in the second inning and only had one base runner the rest of the way that came on an error in the fourth inning. TSU had two runners on in the seventh inning with one out, but could push the scoring run across the plate against Royall who improved her record to 7-8 on the season. Kemme is 1-4 after taking the tough loss. The two teams will play the rubber game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Game 1 Samford 0 1 0 0 0 0 0-1-2-0 Tennessee State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-4-1 WP-Stephanie Royall LP-Stephanie Kemme 1-4 HR-SU--Shelley Stanley (5) Game 2 Samford 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-1-3-0 Tennessee State 0 1 0 0 0 0 1-2-6-4 WP-Candace Hildebrand 4-5 LP-Emilee Lewis 3-9 HR-TSU-Leena Worrell (4) Records: Tennessee State 13-15, 1-5 OVC Samford 10-25, 2-4 OVC

Box Score - Game One

Box Score - Game Two