VAUGHT THROWS SHUTOUT TO GIVE TIGERS A SPLIT AT MEMPHIS
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Junior pitcher Amanda Vaught was masterful in the circle on Wednesday afternoon to help Tennessee State earn a split at Memphis. The Tigers won the second game 1-0 after losing game one 8-0 in five innings. The Tigers improve to 29-19 and guarantee a .500 season, at the least, for the first time in school history. Memphis is now 27-18 on the season. Vaught issued a lead-off single to Leila Dolfo in the Memphis half of the first inning. The Murfreesboro native then proceeded to retire the next 13 batters before surrendering a two-out hit in the fifth inning. Memphis mounted their only threat in the sixth inning as Tori Gross led off with a single and moved to second on a Dolfo sacrifice. Vaught would get the next two batters to pop out to end the sixth. Memphis could only manage three base runners in the game and no one past second base. Vaught improved to 13-7 earning her sixth shutout of the season. The Columbia State transfer did not allow a walk while striking out four, including the final out. Vaught helped her own cause at the plate as she stroked a one-out single into centerfield in the top of the fifth inning. Vaught was lifted in favor of pinch runner Katie Anderson. The junior advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored two batters later as freshman Tamara Perkins laced a ball up the middle. The 1-0 lead proved to be all TSU would need to gain the win in game two. In the first game, Memphis exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning. Senior Candace Hildebrand ran into trouble walking two of the first three batters before giving up a bunt single to load the bases. Memphis followed with consecutive base hits to take a 3-0 lead. Junior Lauren Weber replaced Hildebrand and was rudely welcomed by back-to-back home runs to make the score 7-0 after four innings of play. Memphis pushed one more run across in the fifth for the final score of 8-0. Hildebrand (14-11) suffered the loss giving up five runs on four hits and four walks in 3.1 innings. Weber pitched two-thirds of an inning allowing three runs on six hits, fanning one batter. Junior Jennifer Gregory picked up the lone hits for the Tigers in game one going 2-for-2 and knocking her eighth double of the season. TSU was held to five hits in the night cap, as freshman Bridget Metzger paced the squad with a single and her tenth double in three at bats. Vaught, Perkins, and sophomore Melanie Cruz registered the other three hits. The Tigers conclude their road trip as they travel to Birmingham, Alabama for a three-game series with Samford. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 20, with a single game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.