TIGERS SWEEP CENTRAL ARKANSAS 5-1, 1-0
Vaught Throws One-Hit Shutout NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee State returned home to Tiger Field for a sweep of Central Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers improved to 12-2 on the year and extended their home winning streak to five games. TSU struck early with a run in the first inning of game one. Candace Hildebrand singled through the left side of the infield to score Jennifer Gregory from second to lead 1-0. In the second inning Gregory singled to center to bring home Katie Anderson who had reached on a walk. Two batters later Hildebrand delivered again, this time plating Christy Hill to put the Tigers up 3-0. Freshman shortstop Bridget Metzger would add to the lead with a triple to right center in the third inning. Erin Finneran would score from first on the play. Hildebrand would allow the only run of the game for UCA (6-10) in the fourth inning. But the Tigers would get the run back in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Melanie Cruz to make the score 5-1. Hildebrand pitched six innings giving up five hits and one earned run as she improved to 6-2. Junior Lauren Weber worked a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two Bears. The second game of the twin-bill remained scoreless until Cruz drove a deep ball to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning that UCA left fielder Amy Sperle could not bring in. Metzger, who reached on a two-out single, scored from first on the Cruz triple. That is all Amanda Vaught would need as she would overpower the Bears with 13 strikeouts. The junior pitcher improved to 5-0 and held Central Arkansas to one hit and one walk on way to her second shutout of the year. Gregory had a pair of hits in each game and finished 4-for-7 on the day with a run and an RBI. Freshman Tamara Perkins picked up a hit in both games and extended her hit streak to nine. The Tigers travel to Orlando, Florida, for the Rebel Spring Games. The spring break trip features ten games in six days. TSU opens play on March 4, at 10 a.m. versus Valparaiso followed by a 2 p.m. against IPFW.