TIGERS SET NEW SINGLE-SEASON WIN RECORD WITH SWEEP OF REDHAWKS
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Tennessee State softball set a new standard for wins in a season with an Ohio Valley Conference sweep over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday at Tiger Field. TSU came from behind to edge the Redhawks 4-3 in game one and won the night cap 2-0. The wins improved the Tigers to 22-11 as they surpassed the previous single-season high of 21 victories set in 2006. TSU is now 3-4 in the OVC, while SEMO dropped to 2-3, 7-14 overall. The Redhawks jumped out early in the first game as they took a 3-0 lead on five hits off starter Candace Hildebrand in the first inning. Hildebrand would settle in as she allowed seven hits over five and a third innings. TSU got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth when Chelsea Brown hit a two-out single into centerfield that allowed Bridget Metzger to score and cut the lead to 3-1. The Tigers would explode in the fifth inning as Hildebrand hit a two-out bases loaded single to center field to bring home senior catcher Erin Finneran. Metzger followed with a single to right center that chased home Jennifer Gregory and Diana Clifford to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Hildebrand picked up the win and improved to 10-6 on the season. Junior Amanda Vaught pitched the final inning and two-thirds, striking out four, as she earned her fourth save. Game two featured Vaught (10-4) as she threw a one-hit shutout with ten strike outs. The Redhawks Jennifer Vasquez hit a ball that carried over the third base bag and landed on the line just past the infield with one out in the sixth inning to break up the no-hitter. TSU scored a run in the first inning on a double to right center off the bat of Gregory that allowed Clifford to score all the way from first. The Tigers would add an insurance run in the sixth inning. Junior Lauren Weber bunted to relief pitcher Elaine Fisher, in an attempt to sacrifice Metzger to second, who threw a ball out of the reach of Vasquez that carried into foul territory down the right field line. Metzger would score easily to up the lead to 2-0. The two teams will conclude the series with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.