Hendersonville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University Tiger Softball Team took their first step in preparing for the 2009 season by participating in the Worth Club K College tournament this past weekend.
The Tigers opened the tournament Friday night with a 12-0 win against
Caitlin Eaton pitched 3 strong innings allowing no hits while striking out seven. Freshman, Kelly Troglin pitched the final innings completing the five inning no-hitter by TSU. Goodman went 3-for-3 at the plate with 4 RBI’s in the game. The Tigers turned in 12 hits including two 3-run homeruns by Royesha Goodman, Caitlin Eaton and Jalisa Bradley.
In the Friday night nightcap, the Tiger’s came away with a hard fought 2-0 victory over John A. Logan. Freshman, Jennifer Culberson led off the game with a walk, followed by a stolen base. Junior, Bridget Metzger then plated Culberson with a RBI single. The Tigers scored their second run in the fourth on a walk to sophomore, Brittany Webb. Jill Gardner entered to pinch run for Webb. Christy Hill sacrificed
Susie Burke picked up the win for the Tigers throwing three scoreless innings while giving up only three hits and striking out two. Freshman, Megan Hedrick recorded the save.
Saturday morning action began with a TSU vs.
The final game of the tournament saw the Tigers face off against the Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College. The Blue Raiders got off to a hot start in the first inning with three runs on five hits. TSU clawed their way back posting runs in the second, fourth & fifth inning. In the sixth inning, TSU scored the tying run following a double from junior second baseman, Tamara Perkins. Tiger starting pitcher Megan Hedrick settled down after the first inning, allowing one additional run on one hit. Perkins had a big day at the plate with a perfect 3-for-3 performance.
With two outs and the international tiebreaker rule in effect, Bridget Metzger drilled an RBI double to score Melanie Cruz from second base in the seventh. Kristin Powell would have easily scored from 1st on the Metzger shot, except the Tigers got an unlucky break when the ball rolled under the outfield fence in center, halting Powell at third and Metzger at second for a ground rule double. Kelly Troglin closed the door in the bottom of the inning to secure the exciting come from behind win for TSU.
Overall, the Tennessee State Tiger Softball team had an encouraging weekend. The fans were able to see a glimpse of the Tigers’ potential. Coach Joyce Maudie was very pleased with the offensive production as well as the strong pitching and defense. TSU utilized their versatility and depth by shuffling all 16 Tigers throughout the lineup during the tournament.
Tennessee State will next play in a fall exhibition at Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday October 4th at 11a.m.