Softball Sweeps Trevecca in Scrimmage
Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Nashville ---The Tennessee State University softball team swept the Trojans of Trevecca Nazarene 6-1, 1-0 on Saturday in a doubleheader scrimmage.


The Tigers combined a solid defensive effort along with timely hitting to come away with the wins.


In game one, TSU fell behind 1-0 but the Tigers answered in the top of the fourth inning with back to back homeruns from senior outfielder, Melanie Cruz and sophomore infielder, Brittany Webb, to capture a 2-1 lead.  Cruz collected three more RBI’s in the top of the fifth when she drilled a double off the left field wall with the bases loaded, swelling the advantage to 6-1. 


Webb was 2-of-2 for the Tigers while freshman pitcher, Kelly Troglin only allowed three hit over three innings.  Freshman hurler Megan Hedrick excelled in relief giving up two hits and a walk in 4 innings of work.  


The second game was a battle between both team’s pitchers. After yielding a base hit to the lead off batter at the start of the game, sophomore pitcher Caitlin Eaton did not give up another hit. She threw five strike outs in four complete innings of work. Freshman, Susie Burke pitched three innings of relief to secure the shutout and pick up the win.


The Tiger’s scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore outfielder, Nichole Vincent led off the inning with a double down the left field line.  Freshman, Jennifer Culberson successfully moved Vincent to third with a beautiful bunt single. Culberson then stole 2nd base.  Pinch hitter, Megan Hedrick drew a walk to load the bases.  With one out, Tamara Perkins delivered a sacrifice fly to shallow right field to drive in the game winning run. 


“I am very proud of the team’s effort today,” said Head coach Joyce Maudie.  “Our catcher, Jalisa Bradley did an outstanding job of calling pitches and setting up Trevecca’s hitters throughout the day and the pitching staff delivered when necessary.  I loved the defensive play, particularly with Bridget out of the lineup, TP (Tamara Perkins) made some huge plays and showed great leadership on the field.  Kara also made a couple of big plays on defense.  Our hitting is coming along.  It was nice to see different people step up and deliver on offense.  Melanie Cruz’s swing was beautiful in the first game and Brittany had a great day at the plate.  TP had the hot bat in game two and Nichole had a huge hit to set up the score in the 7th.  I really like the direction this team is going.  With 11 combined freshman and sophomores and key leadership from our upper classman, this team has tremendous potential.”


TSU will travel to Lipscomb this Wednesday for their final scrimmage of the fall.   The doubleheader begins at 5:00pm.


On October 18 the Tigers will host a skills clinic in the morning before closing out the fall’s scheduled events and with The Fourth Annual Alumni game that afternoon.