Softball Falls to Auburn and Alabama State
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team dropped both games of Wednesday afternoon’s doubleheader at Tiger Field. TSU fell to Auburn, 10-0, before dropping a 6-2 decision to Alabama State.

Jennifer Culberson led TSU with three hits, two runs and a hitting percentage of .600 for the day while Brittany Webb tallied a team best two RBIs. Culberson also totaled three stolen bases.

Tennessee State fell to 10-11 on the season while Auburn moved to 21-9. Alabama State improved to 5-9.

In the first game, the Auburn offense came alive in the third as AU tallied four runs off of five hits in the frame to capture a 4-0 lead.

Auburn added another run in the top of the fourth to increase its advantage to 5-0. AU then opened up the game in the top of the fifth, tacking on five more runs to improve its cushion to 10-0.

With Auburn leading 10-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the game ended on the mercy rule.

Against Auburn, TSU committed three errors and the Tiger pitching staff gave up nine hits. Bridget Metzger and Melanie Cruz were the only players to record hits for TSU while pitcher Caitlin Eaton (6-5) was charged with the loss.

TSU got on the board early in the second game of the day, taking an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Jennifer Culberson christened the inning with a single before swiping second base. Culberson later scored when Brittany Webb hit a sacrifice fly to right field. 

Alabama State answered in the top of the third with a three-run homer to capture a 3-1 lead. But the Tigers cut the Hornet advantage down to just one run in their half of the inning when Culberson scored for the second time of the game following another sacrifice fly from Brittany Webb.

In the top of the fifth, two Hornet hits led to a Tiger pitching change as Megan Hedrick came in to relieve Kelly Troglin. A little later in the inning, with the bases loaded, another Alabama State hit stretched the ASU lead to 4-2.

ASU added to its lead in the top of the sixth. With two outs and runners on second and third, a single to left center put the Hornets ahead 6-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, Tamara Perkins got into scoring position for TSU after a double to right center. But Perkins would be left stranded on base.

The Tiger offense continued to struggle in the bottom of the seventh as the deficit would prove to be too much to over come.

TSU recorded seven hits against Alabama State but left six runners stranded on base. Kelly Troglin picked up her first loss of the season.

The Tigers return to action on Friday when they host the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State University on Friday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at Tiger Field.