Softball gains win at War Eagle Classic
Saturday, March 6, 2010

Auburn, Ala. --- The Tennessee State University softball team defeated Alabama State, 4-1, after dropping a 9-1 decision to Auburn Friday evening at the War Eagle Classic.

TSU scored four runs on five hits while Alabama State tallied four hits and committed two errors.

Hannah Schnebly (2-2) picked up her second win of the season while Caitlin Eaton picked up the save for TSU. Schnebly faced 21 batters and only gave up four hits and threw six strikeouts in the contest.

Eaton was 2-for-3 at the plate with one run and an RBI. Kelly Troglin and Schnebly also recorded an RBI.

TSU grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Metzger and Eaton crossed the plate.

Metzger walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tamara Perkins. Two batters later, Caitlin Eaton doubled to right field to bring in Metzger. Eaton later scored after advancing on an illegal pitch and a fielding error by the shortstop.

Alabama State scored a run in the top of the fourth but TSU added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to increase the advantage to 4-1.

TSU hit .238 against Alabama State and improved to 3-8 on the season with the win.  

Auburn turned in nine runs on 10 hits despite committing four errors while Tennessee State tallied five hits and three miscues in the game.

Bridget Metzger, Jalisa Bradley, Tamara Perkins and Troglin each recorded hits for the Tigers, who tallied three doubles and a triple in the game.

Metzger went 2-for-4 at the plate and recorded her fifth double of the season. Bradley and Kelly also registered doubles while Perkins had a triple and scored TSU's only run of the contest.

Eaton (0-3) surrendered seven hits and two walks in the loss. Schnebly also saw action from the mound only allowing one hit and a walk in three innings pitched.

 TSU fell behind 4-0 after Auburn posted runs in the second and fourth innings.

The Tigers finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Perkins tripled to right field before she crossed the plate on an RBI double by Bradley. That would be TSU's only run of the game.

Auburn tacked on five more runs in the top of the seventh to make the score 9-1. In the bottom of the frame, Tedra Alford advanced to second on a single by Metzger but was left stranded on base when the game ended.

As a team, the Tigers had a .179 batting average and a .357 slugging percentage against Auburn.

The Tigers will continue play at the War Eagle classic tomorrow with a match-up against Valparaiso. Game time is slated for 12:30 p.m.