Softball Successful in Season Opener
Sunday, February 15, 2009

Normal, Ala. --- The Tennessee State University softball team officially kicked off the season by sweeping host Alabama A&M in a double-header on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers (2-0) turned in two dominating performances, picking up a 12-4 win in game one before routing the Bulldogs (3-4) 14-0 in game two.

 

In game one, Alabama A&M captured a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning but Tennessee State answered big in the second, knocking in five runs to take a 5-1 advantage.

 

TSU poured in two more runs in the top of the third to stretch the lead to 7-1. The Bulldogs managed to score three more runs but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers went on to win 12-4.

 

Brittany Webb went 2-of-4 with three RBI’s and a homerun. Caitlin Eaton (1-0) picked up the win. She recorded seven strike outs in five innings of work. Eaton helped her own cause going 2-of-4 from the plate and knocking in a homerun.

 

Freshman Megan Hedrick notched her first collegiate win with the 14-0 shut-out in game two.

 

A single and a stolen base by Jennifer Culberson got things started in the first inning. The hit and extra base sparked a rally that would see TSU jump out to an early 4-0 lead.

 

The Tigers scored another run in the third before an onslaught of eight runs in the fourth. Bridget Metzger led off with a single and reached second on a stolen base. She later plated following a double by Brittany Webb.

 

Goodman then followed with another double to score Webb before crossing the plate behind a hit from Caitlin Eaton. Five more Tigers would go on to score in the inning. TSU added one more run in the fifth to bring the final score to 14-0.

 

Jalisa Bradley (2-of-3) and Bridget Metzger (2-of-4) led TSU with three RBI’s apiece.  Eaton tallied three hits on four at bats.

 

The Tigers will next travel to Athens, Georgia to participate in the University of Georgia Tournament.