Softball hosts EIU in final home series of the season
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team will return to Tiger Field to conclude the regular season home schedule against Eastern Illinois this weekend.

The Tigers (11-31, 6-13 OVC) are currently sitting in ninth place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings and looking to make a push for one of the remaining tournament spots.

TSU is coming off of a pair of losses to UT Martin on the road this weekend. The Tigers dropped game one, 7-0, before falling to the Skyhawks, 9-0, in the second game.

Overall, junior Caitlin Eaton, who has been sitting out due to injury, is leading the team with a .303 batting average and 21 RBI. Junior Brittany Webb (.300) has turned in 36 hits, 11 doubles and two homeruns.

Senior Bridget Metzger (.282) has 31 hits on the season, including eight for extra bases while senior Tamara Perkins (.223) leads the team with four homeruns.

The Tigers are batting .229 and a 4.36 team earned run average. TSU is second in the league in fielding percentage while ranking eighth in pitching and ninth in batting.

Last week, Eastern Illinois fell to Indiana State, 5-4, and split two with Austin Peay (7-0, 3-5). Junior Kiley Holtz led the team with a .545 batting average which included the first grand slam by a Panther in the 7-0 win over Austin Peay. She accounted for six of the seven runs in the victory as she also hit a two RBI double.

EIU (21-23, 11-8 OVC) is in fourth place in the conference standings. The Panthers are ranked fifth in the league in pitching (3.24) and eighth in batting (.233).

Denee' Menzione (.333) is the only Panther hitting better than .300. She has a team best 36 hits, seven doubles and seven homeruns.

Amber May leads the EIU pitchers with a 2.30 era and 14 wins. She has thrown 141 strikeouts in nearly 180 innings pitched.

Eastern Illinois leads the all-time series 28-11. Last season, TSU claimed the season-series, 2-1. The teams split the opening doubleheader (3-4, 4-3) on day one before TSU won the rubber match, 11-6.

Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 12 p.m. while Sunday's single game will start at noon and be recognized as Senior Day.