Softball Splits OVC Doubleheader Against Jacksonville St.
Saturday, March 21, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - After dropping a game to Jacksonville State (JSU) the day before, the Tennessee State University softball team split the Saturday doubleheader against the Gamecocks at Tiger Field.

The Tigers (11-13, 3-3 OVC) fell in the first game 7-0, before pulling out the 3-2 win in extra innings. TSU's win in game two gives JSU their first conference loss of the season.

On the day, TSU batted .222 and were led in hitting by Christy Hill who averaged .500 (3-of-6) at the plate with a double and team-leading two RBIs. Tamara Perkins and Caitlin Eaton both hit 2-of-6 with Perkins tallying a double and home run.

The Gamecocks (17-9, 4-1 OVC) claimed the season series 2-1 hitting .276 in the double header.

In game one, the Gamecocks swept the Tigers scoring seven runs on nine hits commiting one error to claim the 7-0 win. JSU scored one run in the first and second inning before tacking on three more runs in the fifth and two scores in the seventh. The Tigers were slow at bat only hitting 5-of-25 leaving five runners stranded on base. 

Megan Hedrick (3-6) was tagged with the loss giving up four earned runs in four innings pitched registering only two strike outs. JSU's Karla Pittman pitched the entire game giving up five hits and throwing eight strike outs.

In the second game with the scored tied, Tamara Perkins hit a walk-off home run in the eighth inning to give the Tigers a 3-2 win in extra play. The homer was Perkins' only hit of the game going 1-of-3.

Caitlin Eaton (7-6) picked up another win, pitching the entire game, letting go seven hits with one earned run while throwing five strike outs. Eaton posted a .875 era in eight innings pitched. Christy Hill hit 2-of-3 (.667) with two RBIs to lead TSU at bat in game two.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Hill's double to right center scored in Perkins and Jalisa Bradley to give TSU the lead 2-1. 

In the top of the fourth, JSU knotted the game up at 2-2 after a single through the right side scored in the tying RBI. After three scoreless innings, Perkins hit the game winning shot over the left field fence with one out to secure th Tigers' win.

On deck, the Tigers will head to Memphis, Tenn. to face the University of Memphis in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, March 25th. The first game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.