TSU SOFTBALL SPLITS ON FIRST DAY OF REBEL SPRING GAMES, MAUDIE WINS #300
ORLANDO, Florida-Tennessee State softball opened the Rebel Spring Games with a shutout victory over Valparaiso before falling to IPFW in the second game. Head Coach Joyce Maudie won her 300th game in the 1-0 victory over VU. The Tigers moved to 13-3 after a 3-0 shutout loss to the Matadons. The Crusaders are now 1-1 while IPFW improved to 2-2. Junior Amanda Vaught and Valparaiso pitcher Stephanie Kelly delivered an old-fashion pitchers duel in the first game. Kelley surrendered an unearned run to the Tigers in the first inning as she allowed just four hits and one walk on the game. Junior Jennifer Gregory walked to open the game and advanced to third on a throwing error by Kelley off a bunt by freshman Tamara Perkins. Two batters later senior Erin Finneran singled through the left side of the infield to score Gregory. Vaught (6-0) escaped threats in the third and the fifth innings stranding four batters over the two frames. The Crusaders could only mange two hits and a walk on the Murfreesboro native who finished with ten strike outs. The night cap marked the first time in 21 games that the Tigers were held scoreless. IPFW pitcher Kayla Powell went the distance holding TSU to four hits and a walk. The bottom half of the Matadons order did the damage as together they went for a combined 7-for-10 at the plate, scoring twice and driving in all three runs. IPFW had six hits off starter Candace Hildebrand who fell to (6-3). Vaught relieved Hildebrand to start the fifth inning and retired the first six batters she faced. The Matadons were able to scratch two seventh inning bunt singles off the junior college transfer, who struck out six of the ten batters she faced. Hildebrand finished the day as the leading hitter for TSU with three hits in six at bats, including a double. Finneran added a hit in each game and drove in the lone run of the day for Tennessee State. The Tigers continue action with a pair of games at the Rebel Spring Games on Monday, March 5. The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m. against La Salle followed with a 5 p.m. contest with Maine.