Woodstock, Ga. --- The Tennessee State University softball team defeated Georgia State, 5-0, before falling to Mercer, 6-1, on the opening day of the Phyllis Rafter Memorial tournament.
Tennessee State (6-7) nearly matched Mercer in total hits but only managed to score one run in the loss.
Tennessee State got on the board in the top of the second inning behind the bat of Jasmine Dunston. With one out and the bases empty, Dunston recorded her first homerun of the season to put TSU on top, 1-0.
Kelly Troglin kept the Georgia State offense in check as she only allowed three hits and threw two strikeouts in seven innings pitched.
In the meantime, the Tigers used a four-run fifth inning to increase their advantage to, 5-0. Tedra Alford christened the inning with a single to the pitcher before advancing to second on a passed ball. Aisha Walker walked before Caitlin Eaton singled through the left side to load the bases. On the next play, Brittany Webb stepped up and hit a home run to center field to clear the bases.
Tennessee State finished the game with a total of nine hits and one error. Georgia State had three hits and did not commit any errors.
Caitlin Eaton (3-3) led the Tigers with two hits but was also tagged with the loss as she yielded six walks and had three strikeouts on the mound.
Runs in the first and third innings gave Mercer a, 3-0, lead before TSU managed to score its first run. In the top of the fourth, Jill Gardner led off with a double to right center and advanced to third on a ground out by Kelly Troglin. Gardner crossed the plate when Tedra Alford brought her in with a single through the left side.
In the fifth inning, Mercer added three more runs behind three hits and a TSU error to go ahead, 6-1. The Tigers threatened in the sixth inning but came up short before going down in order in the seventh.
Tennessee State finished the game with seven hits and one error while Mercer tallied eight hits and did not commit any errors. TSU left nine runners stranded on base.
TSU returns to action tomorrow as the Tigers will face Ball State and Purdue.