TSU SPLITS ON SECOND DAY OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Tigers to Play For Tournament Title Murfreesboro, Tenn.-Tennessee State lost for the first time this season as they dropped a heartbreaker to Ohio Valley Conference opponent Morehead State. The Tigers (10-1) surrendered two runs in the final stanza of game two to fall 2-1 to the Eagles (4-4). TSU defeated Belmont 5-0 in the first game of the day. Senior Candace Hildebrand put the Tigers on the board in the first inning with an RBI single that plated Jennifer Gregory, who led off the game with a double. The 1-0 lead lasted until the third inning when MSU took advantage of three TSU errors to even the score at 1-1. Hildebrand would strike again with an RBI double in the sixth inning to drive in Gregory, who reached on a walk, and give TSU a 2-1 lead. In the bottom half of the seventh, the Tigers committed their fourth error of the game and gave Morehead an opportunity to tie the game. Hildebrand relieved starter Amanda Vaught, but only lasted two batters and allowing back-to-back singles. Vaught returned and recorded the second out of the inning before surrendering the game winning hit to Chrissy Timberlake. Hildebrand suffered the loss in relief and fell to 5-1. Vaught scattered six hits over 6.2 innings of work allowing no earned runs and striking out ten. In the first game, Hildebrand and Vaught combined for a 5-0 shutout of the Bruins. The senior pitcher from Moreno Valley, California, Hildebrand, earned her fifth win throwing the first five innings and giving up five hits and issuing one walk while striking out four. Vaught entered the contest with two Bruin runners on base in the sixth inning and enticed two fly ball outs and a ground out to escape the jam. The junior from Murfreesboro would strike out the side in the seventh to earn her first save. Seven Tigers recorded at least one hit as the score a run in the first, the fourth and the fifth and two in the sixth for a convincing 5-0 win. Hildebrand finished the day going 4-for-7 at the plate with two doubles and two RBI. Gregory was 3-for-6 scoring two runs, driving in two and hitting two doubles. The Tigers advanced to the championship game of the MT Breast Cancer Strike Out Classic after finishing pool play with a 3-1 record. They will try to avenge their lone loss as the take on Morehead State at 1:30 p.m.