Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team was predicted to finish the 2010 campaign in ninth place in a poll voted on by the league's head coaches.
Last season the Tigers finished eighth with an overall record of 18-31 and an 8-15 conference mark. TSU returns 13 letterwinners from that squad including eight position starters. Among the returners, are 2009 all-ovc selections Caitlin Eaton, Bridget Metzger and Brittany Webb.
Caitlin Eaton , a first team selection, was an offensive force for Tennessee State this past season, leading the Tigers in hits, homeruns, RBIs, batting average, on base percentage, walks, slugging percentage and total bases. The Baltic, Conn. native, finished tied for first in the OVC in homeruns and ranked in the top ten in the OVC in total bases (4th) and batting average (3rd). As TSU's top pitcher, she finished the season leading the team strikeouts while ranking fourth in the OVC.
Second team selection, Bridget Metzger had the second best hitting percentage on the team and led the squad with 28 runs. The Rochelle, Ill. native tallied a team-best 14 doubles, tied for third in the OVC. She recorded 44 hits, second best on the team and notched 18 RBIs. Metzger had a slugging percentage of .429 and a fielding percentage of .942 while recording multiple hits in 14 games.
Brittany Webb was also named to the all-ovc second team, turning in seven multi-RBI games and 10 multi-hit games last season. She had the third best batting average on the team and tallied a team third best 39 hits on the season. The Knoxville, Tenn. native led the team in sacrifice flies and notched 23 RBIs, second best on the team. She finished with a fielding percentage of .942 and a slugging percentage of .419.
The Tigers will open up the 2010 season by participating in the Tiny Laster HBC Tournament, Feb.13-14. Other participating schools include South Carolina State, Hampton, Florida A&M and Norfolk State. The tournament will be held in Conyers, Ga.
2010 OVC Softball Predicted Order of Finish
(Voted on by the league’s head coaches)
1. Jacksonville State (six first-place votes) – 76
2. UT Martin (two first-place votes) – 60
t3. Southeast Missouri (one first-place vote) – 60
t3. Tennessee Tech – 60
5. Morehead State – 58 (one first-place vote)
t6. Eastern Illinois – 36
t6. Eastern Kentucky – 36
8. Murray State – 23
9. Tennessee State – 22
10. Austin Peay - 13