Softball Drops Doubleheader to EKU
Saturday, April 18, 2009

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team dropped both games of Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader to Eastern Kentucky at Tiger Field.

 

TSU fell 7-2 in game one before dropping the second game 4-3 in extra innings.

 

The Tigers dropped to 17-26 (7-12 OVC) while the Colonels moved to 16-19 (7-8 OVC).

 

Leading 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Tennessee State seemed to have the game in hand. That is, until Eastern Kentucky put up six runs in the inning.

 

TSU got on the board first in game one. Caitlin Eaton led off the inning with a single to center field before Kristin Powell came in to pinch run for her. Powell advanced to second behind Royesha Goodman’s sacrifice bunt and later moved to third on a wild pitch.

 

Melanie Cruz walked and the Tigers took advantage of two more wild pitches that plated Powell and Cruz to give TSU a 2-0 lead.

 

EKU cut the deficit down to 2-1 after scoring in the fourth inning but TSU maintained the lead into the seventh.

 

After a lead off walk in the top of the seventh, Kristin Powell came in to relieve Caitlin Eaton.

 

A walk coupled with a single loaded the bases for EKU before another hit knotted the game 2-2.

 

The Colonels would go on to score five more runs in the inning as EKU got six runs off of six hits and one TSU error in the frame.

 

Kelly Troglin (2-4) was charged with loss for TSU as the Tigers were not able to score in the bottom of the seventh.

 

In the second game, TSU once again jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. With Christy Hill and Jalisa Bradley on first and second base, respectively, Tamara Perkins doubled to right center to drive both of them in.

 

EKU answered in the top of the third with a run to cut TSU’s lead down to 2-1 but a solo homerun by Brittany Webb in the bottom of the frame put the Tigers back on top 3-1.

 

The Colonels responded in the top of the fifth with two runs behind three hits to tie the score 3-3.

 

With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the contest went into extra innings and continued until the International Tie Breaker rule was in effect.

 

After being placed on second base, EKU’s Kalyn Fox advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. She scored what would eventually become the winning run following a single to center field.

 

In TSU’s half of the frame, the Tigers left their runner stranded on base as EKU was able to pull out the 4-3 extra innings win.

 

The loss went to Caitlin Eaton (11-11) while Tamara Perkins was 2-of-4 at the plate and tallied two RBIs. Brittany Webb was 2-of-3 for the game and recorded her third homerun of the season.  

 

TSU and EKU will complete the series tomorrow at Tiger Field. The single game is slated for 12 p.m.