Lafayette, La. --- The Tennessee State University softball team picked up a, 3-0, win over Stephen F. Austin before suffering a, 19-0, loss to Louisiana- Lafayette on the opening day of the Ragin' Cajun Tournament.
Tennessee State (4-2) got a one-hit shut-out from Caitlin Eaton in a 3-0 win over Stephen F. Austin to start the tournament.
The Tigers, however, stumbled in the second game of the day, falling to Louisiana, 19-0, in five innings.
Tennessee State tallied eight hits while limiting Stephen F. Austin (0-7) to only one hit in the first game.
Kelly Troglin went 2-of-3 from the plate while Cailtin Eaton was a perfect 2-of-2. Ashley Hayes led the team with two RBI.
Caitlin Eaton (2-0) picked up her second win of the season, recording five strikeouts while only allowing one hit in seven innings pitched.
In the bottom of the second inning Caitlin Eaton got things started with a single through the left side. After the Tigers picked up their second out of the inning, Kelly Troglin stepped up to the plate and doubled to left field to move Eaton over to third.
The next batter, Ashley Haynes, hit a double down the left field line to score Eaton and Troglin.
The Tigers increased their lead to 3-0 when Ashley Walker crossed the plate in the third inning. Walker advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jalisa Bradley before a hit by Caitlin Eaton brought her home.
TSU yielded 19 runs behind 15 hits from ULL as the Tigers were blanked in game two. Olivia Gamache (1-1) was charged with the loss while Caitlin Eaton and Aisha Walker recorded the Tigers' only hits of the game.
In the first inning, Jalisa Bradley reached base after being hit by a pitch before advancing to second on a single from Caitlin Eaton. With a runner in scoring position, and only one out, the Tigers were not able to capitalize and left Bradley stranded on base.
Louisiana-Lafayette captured the lead behind a five-run second inning before tacking on three-more runs in the third. Another run in the fourth inning made the score, 9-0, in favor of UL. The Ragin Cajuns swelled the lead to 19-0 in the top of the fifth behind a ten-run inning.
TSU returns to action tomorrow against Maine (10:00 a.m.) and Mississippi Valley State (5:30 p.m.).