KEMME THROWS NO-HITTER, TSU SWEEPS FINAL DAY
KISSIMMEE, Florida-It took 13 years and 17 games for Tennessee State softball to experience their first no-hitter. The wait for the second only lasted four days. Sophomore Stephanie Kemme pitched the no-no in her first start of the year as the Tigers defeated Holy Cross 4-0. Kemme walked the first batter of the game, but was able to get out of the inning two batters later on a double play. The New Albany, Indiana, native would walk a batter in each of the next two innings, including the first batter in the third inning, before retiring the final 15 batters. The Tigers played errorless ball behind Kemme (1-0) who finished with two strikeouts. TSU would score all that Kemme would need in the first inning as they pushed across three runs on two hits. Senior Diana Clifford started the scoring with a high-hopper single to shortstop to allow Jennifer Gregory to score from third to lead 1-0. Bridget Metzger would follow with a double down the left field line to plate Clifford and Erin Finneran to put TSU up 3-0. The Tigers would add a run in the fifth behind back-to-back two-out doubles by Candace Hildebrand and Finneran to go ahead 4-0. TSU (19-5) closed out the ten-games in six days Rebel Spring Games with a 7-1 victory over Monmouth (5-2). Junior Amanda Vaught improved to 8-1 as she scattered seven hits and allowed one unearned run. The Tiger bats came alive with 13 hits, including 3-for-5 performances by the top two batters in the line-up, Gregory and Tamara Perkins. Hildebrand grounded out in the first inning to plate Gregory for an early 1-0 lead. Finneran would follow with a double to center field that allowed Perkins to score and build the lead to 2-0. Clifford capped off the inning with an RBI single to center to bring home Finneran and give TSU all they would need on the way to their 19th win of the season. The Tigers return home and will host Western Kentucky on Wednesday, March 14. The doubleheader at Tiger Field is set to begin at 2 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference play will begin on Saturday, March 17, at Austin Peay.