Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team will host two non-conference opponents on Tuesday and Wednesday, including No. 7 Tennessee and Sun Belt member Western Kentucky.
TSU vs. UT is slated for a 4 p.m. start on Tuesday with Wednesday's single game vs. Western Kentucky scheduled for 5 p.m. Both games will be at Tiger Field on the campus of Tennessee State University.
Tennessee State (7-17) is coming off a, 4-1, road win over conference opponent Tennessee Tech on Sunday. The Tigers went 1-2 in the series behind a total of 12 hits and a .171 batting average. TSU finished the weekend with an impressive 0.74 ERA.
Caitlin Eaton was solid in the circle as she went 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA. She only gave up two walks and threw eight strikeouts in 13 innings pitched. Tedra Alford hit .500 in the series. She went 2-for-3 at the plate in game two before recording two RBI and her second homerun of the season in the finale.
Overall, the Tigers are led by Caitlin Eaton's .385 batting average and 25 hits, including seven for extra bases. Tedra Alford (.313) has 21 hits and eight RBI while Brittany Webb (.234) has a team best 16 RBI. Eaton is also the Tigers' top pitcher as she has tallied a team-best four wins this season.
Tennessee (20-4) comes into this week ranked as the number seven team in the nation. The Lady Vols had won 11 straight until recently dropping a series, 1-2, at Kentucky. UT has four players batting .400 or better with seven players hitting .300-plus. 2011 Preseason All-SEC team selection, Raven Chavanne, is among the top offensive leaders for UT. She is batting .473 and has a team second-best 35 hits to go along with 15 RBI.
Overall, Tennessee averages 8.62 earned runs per game while holding opponents to an ERA of 1.92. The Lady Vols' only four losses of the season were against UNLV, No. 19 Stanford and most recently, two losses to Kentucky.
Western Kentucky is off to a 14-8 start this season. The Hilltoppers have lost three of their last four outings and are most recently coming off a, 6-2, loss to Louisville on Sunday. WKU is batting .285 with a team ERA of 2.50.
Amanda Thomas (.354) leads the team with 23 hits while Kelsie Mattox (.322) has a team-best 15 RBI to go along with 19 hits.
The games are free and open to the public.
Following the mid-week action, the Tigers will return to conference play this weekend when they host UT Martin in a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday.