Tigers Falter against Hilltoppers
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team dropped both games of Wednesday evening’s doubleheader against Western Kentucky at Tiger Field.

 

Tennessee State fell to Western Kentucky 3-2 in game one before suffering a 9-0 loss in game two.

 

TSU fell to 17-22 while WKU improved to 24-12 on the season.

 

In game one, an early solo homerun gave Western Kentucky a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

 

TSU evened the score 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Nichole Vincent led the inning off with a single to left field before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from Tamara Perkins.

 

Jennifer Culberson singled up the middle and Vincent advanced to third. On the ensuing play, Culberson stole second base and Vincent scored on a throwing error by the catcher.

 

In the fourth, a lead off double by Caitlin Eaton coupled with a hit up the middle by Royesha Goodman led to TSU scoring and taking a 2-1 lead.

 

WKU came back to tie the game 2-2 in the sixth before scoring the eventual game winning run in the top of the seventh.

 

The Tigers tallied seven hits in the game but left nine runners stranded on base in the game. Caitlin Eaton (11-10) was charged with the loss while Nichole Vincent was 2-for-2 at the plate. Bridget Metzger also tallied two hits for TSU.

 

In game two, TSU committed five errors and only registered three hits in the contest.

 

TSU fell behind early as WKU built its lead up to 6-0 by the third inning. The Tigers never recovered as the Hilltoppers went on to win 9-0.

 

Melanie Cruz, Tamara Perkins and Nichole Vincent each recorded hits in the game. Megan Hedrick (3-11) was tagged with the loss.  

 

The Tigers return to action this weekend with a series against conference opponent Eastern Kentucky. Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader will kick off at 1 p.m. while Sunday’s single game is slated to begin at 12 p.m. at Tiger Field.