TSU’s Eaton Pitches Perfect Game Against IUPUI
Athens, Ga. The Tennessee State University softball team opened day one of the Sixth-Annual Georgia Softball Classic defeating IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) 8-0 in five innings, before falling to host 16th ranked University of Georgia, 8-0 in six innings at the University of Georgia Softball Complex on Friday.
The split moves TSU to 3-1 on the season while posting a .250 batting average in their first two games of the Classic.
Tennessee State - 8, IUPUI - 0
Sophomore, Caitlin Eaton (2-0), pitched a perfect game retiring 15 batters while striking out seven.
The Tigers held IUPUI (0-6) hittless the entire game scoring their first two runs in the bottom of the fourth. With first at bat, Eaton homered to right field before Jalisa Bradley scored an unearned run courtesy of a Christy Hill double to left (2-0).
After forcing the Jaguars to a three and out in the top of the fifth, Tamara Perkins hit her first homer of the season scoring Bridget Metzger. With no outs, Christy Hill's single to right carried in Jill Gardner and Brittany Webb for the 4-0 lead. Nichole Vincent's sacrificed fly scored Royesha Goodman and Hill capped the score on a Bridget Metzger single. The perfect game is the first in TSU softball history.
University of Georgia - 8, Tenn. State - 0
In the nightcap, the Lady Tigers were throttled by #16 Georgia. TSU managed only 2 hits with 16 at bats against the Bulldogs in a game that lasted five innings. Megan Hedrick (1-1) got the start but only saw two innings of action giving up six hits posting a game 14.00 era.
Susie Burke came in at the top of third and pitched two innings but could not find the rhythm to to put away a hot hitting Bulldog squad. Burke gave up two earned runs on three hits before stepping down in the fifth. Already down 6-0, Kelly Troglin relieved Burke to start the fifth but allowed two runs on three hits ending the game after the scores.
Georgia (9-1) finished with a team .512 batting average, eight runs batted in, with 12 hits on 23 at bat. With the eight run rule in effect, the Bulldogs scored two runs apiece in the bottom of first, second, fourth and fifth innings to lock-up the win.
In day two of the Classic, the Tigers will face UNC-Greensboro at 8 a.m and Ball State on Saturday (2/21).