LATE INNING RUNS HELP SEMO TO SWEEP
Late inning runs help Southeast Missouri to sweep Cape Girardeau, MO-The Tennessee State University softball program suffered two heartbreak losses to Southeast Missouri State Saturday afternoon, 6-4 and 1-0. The losses drop Tennessee State to 1-11 in Ohio Valley Conference play and 14-22 overall. In game one, junior Candace Hildebrand and senior Leena Worrell scored on a two out single up the middle by freshman pitcher Samantha Hurst in the top of the third inning to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. After a Redhawks run in the fourth, TSU responded with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Freshman Melanie Cruz doubled down the leftfield line to score junior leftfielder Diana Clifford. Cruz would score on a SEMO error off the bat of Erin Finneran to help Tennessee State take a 4-1 lead. Southeast Missouri started their comeback with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a two out single off Hurst and added another run on a wild pitch by sophomore reliever Lauren Webber. The Redhawks then used two doubles, two walks, and a single in the bottom of the sixth for three runs and a 6-4 lead. Senior Nira Robbins would lead off the seventh inning with her third single of the game, but was stranded at third base as Worrell flew out to deep centerfielder to end the game. Worrell was 3-for-4 at the plate and Cruz finished 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch. Webber took the loss and dropped to 3-5 on the season. Game two was an old fashion pitchers duel between Hildebrand and the Redhawk's Stephanie Huffman. The game took one hour and 18 minutes and remained scoreless until SEMO tallied the game winner in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a one-out walk, Hildebrand surrendered a single by lead-off hitter Michelle Summers. The ball would get by sophomore right fielder Ebon Jones allowing the Redhawks runner to score from first. Hildebrand allowed three hits, two walks, and no earned runs as her record moved to 5-8. Cruz had the only two hits off of Huffman and finished the game 2-for-3. The two teams will conclude the three game series with a single contest tomorrow at 1 p.m.