TECH TAKES TWO FROM TENNESSEE STATE
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The Tennessee State softball team battled the rain and the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions on Tuesday afternoon in Cookeville. The Tigers were held to six hits on the day as TTU swept the twin bill 14-0 and 6-0. In the first game, Tennessee Tech (26-10, 5-0) exploded for four runs in the first and eight runs in the second to take a commanding 12-0 lead. The Golden Eagles would add two more in the third and the pitching duo of Bonnie Bynum and Sarah Street allowed just three hits to shutout the Tigers (20-11, 1-4). Senior Candace Hildebrand took the loss allowing four runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning. Hildebrand fell to 9-6 as she walked one with one strike out. After a 34-minute rain delay to begin the third inning of the second game, TTU opened the scoring as Krystina Dobbs hit a two-out RBI triple to right field for a 1-0 lead. The Golden Eagles would score two more in the fifth and three in the sixth inning off starter Amanda Vaught to set the score at 6-0. Bynum (16-6) pitched a complete game for TTU allowing just three hits with two walks and striking out eight. Vaught (9-4) went the distance for the Tigers surrendering six runs on eight hits, while walking three and striking out seven. Senior Diana Clifford led the Tigers at the plate going 2-for-5 with as stolen base. Tennessee State returns home to host Southeast Missouri State in a three-game OVC series this weekend. The Tigers and the Redhawks play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m. and conclude the series on Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m.