Softball Drops Two at Martin
Saturday, April 19, 2008

Martin, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University softball team dropped a pair of contests (2-0, 6-4) to OVC opponent UT-Martin Saturday afternoon at Bettye Giles field.


Tennessee State falls to 15-30 overall and 7-13 in the OVC while UT-Martin moves to 20-23 on the year and 6-8 in league play.


In game one, UTM pitcher Piaj Lintz and Tiger hurler Amanda Vaught battled it out for almost the entire game. Both pitchers held the opposing bats in check until the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Greer Long and Megan Williams hit back to back homeruns to give the Skyhawks the advantage.


Vaught (11-20) recorded seven strikouts while Lintz (6-7) threw 12 strikeouts in the shutout.  Jennifer Gregory was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the plate for TSU.


In the second game of the double header, Tennessee State scored its first runs of the day. With one out, Jennifer Gregory singled to the shortstop before stealing second base. Tamara Perkins lined out to the second baseman then Bridget Metzger reached on a walk. With two runners on, Brittany Webb hit a shot to left field to give TSU a 3-0 lead.


The Skyhawks answered in their half of the inning with four runs on five hits to capture the lead.


Caitlen Eaton doubled to center field to open the fourth inning then advanced to third on a single by Jalisa Bradley. Bradley, however, was tagged out at second attempting to stretch the hit into a double. Nicole Vincent then popped a foul ball up near the dead ball area for the second out of the inning but Eaton was awarded home according to the catch and carry rule.


With the game tied 4-4, Ashley Benbow connected on a solo homerun to center field. The Skyhawks added another run in the sixth in route to the 6-4 win. 


Vaught was tagged with the loss while Brittany Webb led TSU with three RBI’s.


Tennessee State will meet UT-Martin in the series finale tomorrow at 1 p.m.