TENNESSEE STATE SHUTS OUT GEORGETOWN
KISSIMMEE, Florida-Candace Hildebrand and Amanda Vaught combined to shutout Georgetown on the fourth day of competition for Tennessee State University at the Rebel Spring Games. The 2-0 win over the Hoyas came after the Tigers dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Saint Peter's in the first game of the day. TSU improved to 17-5 as Georgetown fell to 3-15 and Saint Peter's moved to 4-3. Hildebrand (9-3) pitched the first 6 2/3 innings before loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh. She gave way to Vaught who came in and struck out the final batter of the game to pick up her third save of the season. Senior Diana Clifford gave TSU an early 1-0 in the first inning with a single to left field to bring home Jennifer Gregory, who led off with a single. The Tigers would add to the lead in fourth as Erin Finneran scored on a base hit off the bat of Lauren Weber. The 2-0 lead would hold with the pitching performance from Hildebrand and Vaught. Game one of the day with Saint Peter's remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning. The Seahens Kristen Kinneer drove a two-out double to center field to chase home the winning run. Weber (1-1) took the loss giving up an unearned run off six hits, three walks, and seven strikeouts. Freshman Tamara Perkins finished the game 2-for-3 with a double. Diana Clifford was 1-for-3 as Tennessee State was held to three hits. The Tigers conclude the Rebel Springs Games on Friday, March 9, with an 11 a.m. game against Holy Cross and a 3 p.m. contest versus Monmouth.