Tigers Claim Series 2-1
As a team,
Game one was a pitcher’s battle through the first five and a half innings as both hurlers only yielded a combined two hits during that span.
The Lady Govs’ offense, however, was able to get things going in the bottom of the fifth, using a single down the left field line and a triple to right center to score the first run of the day.
APSU added another run behind another hit to go ahead 2-0, prompting a TSU pitching change. Kelly Troglin came in to relieve Megan Hedrick and the Tigers recorded the next two outs without anymore runs scoring.
TSU finally got on the board in the top of the sixth. Caitlin Eaton reached first on a walk before Jill Gardner came in to pinch run for her.
In the top of the seventh, the TSU batters went down in order as APSU held on to win the game 2-1.
In the rubber match, TSU used a five run, six hit inning to battle from behind and take the lead for good.
In the top of the second, TSU did manage to get on the board however. Royesha Goodman made it all the way to second after the APSU center fielder wasn’t able to catch a long fly ball.
Jalisa Bradley came in to run for Goodman and later advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Tamara Perkins. Bradley would cross the plate and give TSU a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly from Christy Hill.
TSU jumped back on top 2-1 in the top of the third. Melanie Cruz christened the inning with a double to right center and later moved to third on Jennifer Culberson’s sac bunt. Cruz scored when Brittany Webb doubled to left center.
The Tigers threatened to add more runs to the board in the top of the fifth when they had the bases loaded and only one out. Austin Peay, however, turned a double play to get out of the inning unscathed.
In the bottom of the fifth, three back-to-back singles and a TSU error led to APSU knotting the game 2-2. The Lady Govs then tacked on four more runs to take a 6-2 lead. Pitcher Kelly Troglin came in for Caitlin Eaton and got out of the inning without anymore runs scoring.
Caitlin Eaton opened the sixth inning with a solo homerun over the center field wall to bring TSU to within three (6-3) and spark the Tiger comeback. Royesha Goodman followed with a single up the middle before Tamara Perkins walked to put runners on first and second.
Austin Peay then brought in its third pitcher of the game but Christy Hill singled to center field to load the bases. Melanie Cruz drove in Tamara Perkins to bring the score to 6-4 before Metzger doubled down the right field line to plate Troglin and Hill.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Austin Peay batters were retired in order as TSU pulled out the 7-6 victory.
The Tigers return to action next Wednesday for a non-conference doubleheader at UT Chattanooga. Game one is slated to begin at 3 p.m.