TIGERS SPLIT ON DAY THREE OF REBEL SPRING GAMES
KISSIMMEE, Florida-Candace Hildebrand put Tennessee State softball back on the winning track with an outstanding pitching performance after the Tigers dropped a 3-0 game to South Dakota State. The senior pitcher struck out a career high 12 batters as TSU picked up a 2-1 win over Sacred Heart. Hildebrand scattered five hits without allowing a walk as the Pioneers could only manage one unearned run. SHU led off the top of the seventh inning with a hit, but the Moreno Valley, California native would strike out the side and end the hopes of a Pioneer comeback. Sacred Heart opened the scoring in the second inning only to see the Tigers bounce back in the bottom half of the frame to tie the score at 1-1. After a Bridget Metzger triple to right field, junior Katie Anderson reached on a throwing error by the Sacred Heart pitcher that allowed Metzger to score. The Tigers would piece together three hits in the fifth inning to push the eventual game-winning run across home plate. Anderson drove a ball up the middle that brought home Hildebrand who opened the inning with a hit. TSU finished the game with nine hits, but stranded ten base runners, as they improved to 16-4. In the first game, South Dakota State pitcher Jenna Marston threw a complete game three-hit shutout without allowing a walk and striking out six. Freshman Tamara Perkins notched two of the hits off Marston, while junior Jennifer Gregory picked up the third hit for the Tigers. Amanda Vaught lost her first game as a Tiger and dropped to 7-1 on the season. The junior pitcher surrendered five hits and three runs, one earned, while striking out eight against one walk. Day four of the Rebel Spring Games begins with a 9 a.m. contest with Saint Peter's directly followed by an 11 a.m. game with Georgetown.