Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University softball team will host Southeast Missouri State this weekend in a three-game series at Tiger Field.
The Tigers (10-30, 4-13 OVC) will be playing their seventh straight home game as the Redhawks (14-21, 8-7 OVC) come to town. The series will start on Saturday, April 9, and continue through Sunday, April 10. Saturday's doubleheader will began at 1:00 p.m. with game two starting at 3:00 p.m.
On Sunday, the Tigers and Redhawks will conclude the series with a single game at 1:00 p.m. Before the game, the 2011 Seniors will be honored.
The Tigers recently defeated Austin Peay in five innings with a 10-1 runaway win. Caitlin Eaton received the decision in the victory and improved to 7-12 on the season. Offensively, Eaton and Jasmine Dunston each recorded homeruns, improving Eaton's season homerun total to a team leading four as Dunston registered her second long ball of the season. In addition to Dunston's homerun, she batted in three runs, leading the team, while Kelly Troglin tallied two. Freshman Jasmine Brimm also made a significant contribution to the victory as she scored three runs, while taking two bases during the victory.
Southeast Missouri State recently dropped the first of their six-game conference road trip to UT Martin 7-2. Following the loss, the Redhawks' 8-7 conference record keeps them in fourth place in the OVC. In the loss, sophomore Taylor Cowan batted in both of the Redhawks two runs in the opening inning with a two-run single. The hit extended Cowans's hitting streak to seven games. Cowan will be a player to watch out for as she comes into the game batting .290 on the year with six homeruns. Carmen Fowler and Renee Kertz will also be players to look out for as they are one and two on the team in hitting, batting .398 and .323, respectively. Kertz has also recorded six homeruns on the season.
Caitlin Eaton has continued to supply the Tigers' lineup with solid offensive contribution. She comes into this weekend's series batting .317 with seven doubles and four homeruns, following only Tedra Alford , who is batting .336 on the season with eight doubles. In their last outing, the Tigers success on offense was a team effort as six different players scored. The Tigers look to continue their recent trend in run scoring along with good pitching and defense as they prepare for the Redhawks.
Overall, TSU has improved to a .246 batting average and a 5.72 ERA.