Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team dropped both contests on day two of the Austin Peay Classic. Northern Iowa defeated the Tigers 10-2 before IUPUI claimed a 4-2 win later in the day.
Tennessee State falls to 0-4 on the season.
For the day, Brooke Blackford was 2-for-3 (.667) at the plate while Tamara Perkins was 4-for-7 (.571) with a homerun and an RBI. Bridget Metzger also recorded a homerun for the Tigers. As a team, TSU hit .250 and recorded 12 hits.
In game one versus Northern Iowa (7-1), Tennessee State was limited to only two runs and five hits while Northern Iowa managed 10 runs off of 10 hits and committed six errors.
TSU struck first, going ahead 1-0 in the opening frame, however, Northern Iowa answered with two in its half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. The Tigers tied the contest in the top of the third after Tamara Perkins homered to center field but the Panthers once again responded with a couple in the bottom of the inning to recapture the advantage, 4-2.
UNI opened up its lead to 9-2 in the fourth inning after tacking on five runs. The Panthers added one more run in the fifth to make the final score 10-2.
The first three innings of TSU's game versus IUPUI (1-3) were scoreless. IUPUI grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth but TSU rallied for two runs to capture the lead. Bridget Metzger got things started with a homerun to left field.
Hannah Schnebly reached on a walk and advanced to second on a single by Brooke Blackford. Schnebly then crossed the plate on a hit from Kelsey Smith. That, however, would be the Tigers only runs of the game.
The Jaguars reclaimed the advantage in the fifth after posting two runs and added another insurance run in the sixth to make the score 4-2.
Brooke Blackford led the Tigers with two hits and was 2-for-3 at the plate while Hannah Schnebly (0-2) recorded the loss for TSU. She threw five strikeouts and only allowed six hits in seven innings pitched.
Next, TSU will travel to Bowling Green, Ky. to face Western Kentucky on Wednesday, Feb.24.