TENNESSEE STATE SWEPT AT AUSTIN PEAY
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The Tennessee State University softball program opened Ohio Valley Conference play by dropping a pair of games at Austin Peay State University on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers were shutout 3-0 in the first game before losing game two, 3-1. Junior pitcher Amanda Vaught and APSU starter Natasha Anderson each controlled game one, allowing just two hits a piece through five innings of play. Austin Peay would explode for four hits and three run in the sixth inning behind doubles by Ashley Taylor and Sarah Longmire. Vaught (8-3) took the loss pitching 5 1/3 innings surrendering six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Sophomore Stephanie Kemme pitched the final two outs for the Tigers. In the second game, APSU opened the scoring in the second inning off a bases loaded walk issued by senior Candace Hildebrand. The Tigers responded in the fourth when Hildebrand scored from third on a sacrifice fly to centerfield off the bat of Melanie Cruz. Austin Peay added a run in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead. Taylor would close out the scoring with a home run in the sixth inning to give APSU a two-run lead. Hildebrand threw the complete game for the Tigers and fell to 9-5 as she gave up five hits and five walks. Lacey Briscoe worked five innings to earn the win. Anderson pitched the final two innings against the Tigers to pick up the save. Hildebrand finished the day 3-for-6 at the plate with a run scored and a double. Freshman Bridget Metzger hit two doubles on the day and senior Diana Clifford was 2-for-6 with a stolen bases. Tennessee State (19-9, 0-2) will conclude their series at Austin Peay (13-9, 2-0) on Sunday, March 18, in a single game beginning at 1 p.m.