Softball hosts Belmont
Monday, March 15, 2010

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team will return to action after having a week off, on Wednesday, March 17 with a doubleheader against cross town Belmont at Tiger Field.

The Tigers have dropped two straight contests and are coming off of a 1-3 showing at the War Eagle Classic.

TSU opened the tournament with a 9-1 loss to host Auburn University before defeating Alabama State, 4-1. The Tigers concluded the classic with an 8-0 loss to Valparaiso before falling to Louisiana Tech, 11-3.

Bridget Metzger (.364) led the Tigers offensively tallying four hits, including two doubles, and two RBI in the tournament. Caitlin Eaton (.333) also recorded four hits for TSU, turning in a double and RBI.

As a team, TSU hit .189 and tallied 17 hits over the tournament. The Tigers registered a .278 slugging percentage and a .945 fielding percentage.

TSU currently has an overall record of 3-10 with a 2-6 home mark. The Tigers have a .228 batting average and a team ERA of 4.51. Bridget Metzger (.325), Christy Hill (.300), Brittany Webb (.297) and Tamara Perkins (.243) are the team's hitting leaders. Metzger has 13 hits, Webb has 11 and Hill and Perkins each have nine.

Among the Tiger pitchers, Hannah Schnebly (2-3) has recorded the most wins for TSU while Kelly Troglin (0-0) has a team best 2.33 ERA.

Belmont has struggled this season getting off to a 2-14 start. The Bruins' only two wins of the season were over Central Arkansas, 3-1, and most recently OVC opponent Murray State, 9-6.

Belmont has a .208 batting average and an 8.43 ERA. Ashley Byers leads the team with a .395 batting average. She has 15 hits, 17 RBI and six homeruns on the season. Brooke Babington (.319) also has 15 hits while Ashley Smith (.297) adds 11.

Tennessee State and Belmont will meet for the 23rd time in the all-time series history. The Bruins hold a 15-7 advantage and have won the last three. Last season, Belmont swept TSU at Tiger Field. The Tigers dropped a 4-3 decision to the Bruins in extra innings before suffering a 3-1 loss in the second game.

First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Tiger Field.