Tuesday, April 18, 2006
TIGERS CONTINUE HOME STAND AGAINST MEMPHIS AND AUSTIN PEAY The Tennessee State women's softball team is preparing to complete a ten-game home stand as they host a mid-week non-conference doubleheader versus the University of Memphis and play an Ohio Valley Conference weekend series against Austin Peay State University. TSU carries a 16-26 record overall and is 2-14 in the OVC. THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE: April 19 Memphis vs. Tennessee State DH 3/5 p.m. Tiger Field April 22 Austin Peay vs. Tennessee State DH 1/3 p.m. Tiger Field April 23 Austin Peay vs. Tennessee State Single 1 p.m. Tiger Field SCOUTING MEMPHIS: The Tigers are a first year program out of Conference-USA and is led by Windy Thees (185-113). Memphis (22-21, 6-8) dropped a conference series to UCF this past weekend, but claimed the final game 3-1 behind a solid pitching performance behind junior Jenna Kubesch (10-8). Kubesch leads Memphis with a 1.67 ERA, while striking out 126 in 121.2 innings pitched. Junior Nicki Johnson is second on the team in innings pitched with 115.2 and has a 9-8 record with a 2.00 ERA and 101 strikeouts. Offensively, junior Cara Stiles sports team highs in batting average (.403), runs scored (33), and stolen bases (18). Junior Bridgette McNulty leads the team in power numbers with 13 doubles, nine home runs, and 35 RBI, while scoring 30 times. As a team, Memphis is hitting .294 with 61 doubles, 23 home runs, and 55 stolen bases. SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY: Second year head coach Jim Perrin brings the Governors in 15-24-2 overall and 7-10 in the OVC, 7th. APSU won the final two games over Samford to capture the weekend series 2-1. Samford won the first game 2-0, with Austin Peay winning game two 2-1 and the Sunday match-up 5-3. APSU is batting .230 as a team with 42 doubles, 25 home runs and is averaging three runs a game. Junior Ami Bush has a team high .340 batting average with 10 runs and 16 runs batted in. Senior Brianna Venable is second on the team with a .318 average and has team highs in runs (23), home runs (13), and RBI (30). In the circle, Junior Natasha Anderson and freshman Ashley Elrod handle the majority of the work. Anderson has appeared in 26 of Austin Peay's 41 games and posts an 8-10 record with 182 strikeouts and a 2.46 ERA in 142 innings pitched. Elrod is 7-10 in 97 innings of work and has struck out 57 with a 4.55 ERA. LAST WEEK: TSU returned home and boasted a 3-2 record, splitting a doubleheader with Lipscomb on Wednesday before dropping the Friday-Saturday conference series 2-1 to Eastern Illinois. The Tigers opened the home stand in convincing fashion with a five-run fifth inning of game one against the Bison on their way to a 6-3 win. Junior Candace Hildebrand (Moreno Valley, CA) picked up her sixth win of the season and added an RBI single in the explosive fifth inning. Senior Heather Ebersole (Rock Island, IL), junior Diana Clifford (Braidwood, IL), senior Leena Worrell (Butte, MT), and junior Emily Samana (Pataluma, CA) each had two hits as a part of the Tigers eleven hit attack. TSU could only manage two hits; a Clifford single and freshman Melanie Cruz's (Hermitage, TN) double, in the second game as Lipscomb out dueled freshman pitcher Lauren Weber (Franklin, TN) 2-0. Tennessee State exploded once again in game one beating Eastern Illinois 7-0. Hildebrand improved to 7-9 with a two hit and one walk performance. The transfer from Arizona Western CC fanned five EIU hitters including Brittany Castle for the final out of the game. At the plate, TSU used ten hits including doubles from Cruz, Samana, junior Erin Finneran (Morrison, IL), and senior Amanda Buhler (Twin Falls, ID). The Santa Rosa CC product, Samana, was a perfect 3-for-3 scoring two runs and driving in another. Finneran crossed home plate twice in the game and added two RBI, while Buhler hit her double with bases loaded, scoring all three runners. Weber (3-7) once again picked up the lose in a tight ball game as the Panthers held off two bases loaded opportunities late in the game for a 3-2 decision. Finneran was 2-for-2, senior Nira Robbins (Champaign, IL) had a hit and a sacrifice fly, and sophomore Jessica Sesson (Jackson, TN) added an RBI single to drive the offensive attack. The final game of the series lasted ten innings as EIU scored a run in the international tie-breaker, while Ebersole was left stranded at third base in the 3-2 loss. Hildebrand pitched another solid seven innings before giving way to freshman Stephanie Kemme (New Albany, IN) who pitched a strong three innings, while taking the loss and falling to 1-6. With the score tied at one in the sixth inning Worrell hit a blast to left field to give the Tigers an opportunity to pick up their first conference series win of the year. The Panthers came back in the seventh on a sacrifice fly to center to push the game to extra innings. TOP PERFORMERANCES FOR THE WEEK: Candace Hildebrand: 2-0, 3 appearances, 1 shutout, 21 innings pitched, 10 strikeouts Stephanie Kemme: 2 appearances, 6 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, .125 average against Emily Samana: 6-11 .545 avg., 3 runs, 2 doubles, .667 OBP, 1.000 fielding in 53 chances Erin Finneran: 5-12 .417 avg., 3 runs, 1 double, 2 RBI, 2 caught stealing Diana Clifford: team high runs-4 Amanda Buhler: team high RBI-4 JUST WIN BABY!: The Tigers need just one more win to set a new single season record for wins, 17. The 2006 squad has equaled the 2004 team for most wins with 16. 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 14 games remaining on the schedule, eight at Tiger Field. DEAL OF THE CENTURY: The next win carries even more history. The Tigers take the field on Wednesday looking for the 100 win milestone. Tennessee State reached win number 99 on Friday, April 14, as they defeated Eastern Illinois 7-0. 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 16-26 (current record as of April 16) TWIN KILLINGS: TSU is the NCAA Division-I 30th ranked team for double plays per game with .41. DePaul leads the nation with .59 double plays per game. The Tigers have turned 19 twin killings on the seasons. Tennessee State has turned 12 in each of the last three seasons and recorded 14 in 2002.