Softball splits season home-opener
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team blanked Belmont in the opening game before suffering a, 13-4, loss to the Bruins in the second game.

Tennessee State (5-6) tallied 19 hits and tallied a .339 hitting percentage over both games.

Game One

Tennessee State exploded for eight runs on nine hits to pick up an, 8-0, win over Belmont (4-6) in five innings. Caitlin Eaton and Jasmine Dunston were the offensive leaders for the Tigers as each player went 2-for-3 at the plate and recorded two runs.

Tedra Alford finished the game with a team-best two RBI while Ashley Haynes and Dunston registered triples in the contest.

Caitlin Eaton (3-2) picked up the win for TSU. Eaton threw four strikeouts and only allowed one hit in the shut-out.

In the bottom of the opening frame, TSU got on the board when Ashley Haynes scored on a hit up the middle from Brittany Webb. Caitlin Eaton scored to give the Tigers a, 2-0, after Jill Gardner was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

TSU increased the advantage to, 3-0, in bottom of the fourth. Jasmine Dunston christened the inning with a triple to center field and scored when the next batter, Kelly Troglin, singled through the left side. Troglin stole second but would eventually be stranded on base following a couple of strikeouts to end the inning.

The Tigers busted the game open in the fifth frame behind four hits and three BU errors. Caitlin Eaton got the inning started with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a groundout by Brittany Webb.

On the next play, Eaton advanced to third on a bunt single by Jalisa Bradley before scoring on a throwing error by the second baseman.

Dunston recorded another hit to move Jill Gardner over to third before she stole second. On the next play, Kelly Troglin walked to load the bases before Tedra Alford stepped up the plate and singled to bring home two runs.

The game ended in the fifth inning when TSU increased the lead to, 8-0, on a run by Shanika Johnson.

Tennessee State committed two errors in the game while Belmont registered four miscues. Another Belmont error allowed Jill Gardner to reach base and advance to second before Jalisa Bradley crossed the plate.

Game Two

The Tigers tallied 10 hits in game two but only managed to score four runs in a, 13-4, loss to the Bruins.

BU tallied 12 hits and committed one error while TSU recorded four blunders.

Caitlin Eaton posted her first homerun of the season with a solo shot to left center to give TSU an early, 1-0, lead.

Belmont answered in top of the second inning with eight runs behind five-hits and two TSU errors. The Bruins added another run in the top of the third to make the score, 9-1.

In the bottom of the third, Eaton tripled to right field and scored following a single to center field from Brittany Webb. The Tigers posted another run when Jill Gardner singled through the middle to plate Webb before the inning ended.

The Tigers cut the Bruins deficit down to, 9-4, after posting another run in the bottom of the fourth.

BU, however, responded with a run in the top of the fifth and another in the sixth to make the lead, 11-4. In the top of the seventh the Bruins tagged on two more runs to make their advantage, 13-4.

The Tigers went down in order in the seventh inning.

Olivia Gamache (0-3) was tagged with the loss while Caitlin Eaton, Brittany Webb and Jasmine Dunston notched two hits apiece for TSU.

The Tigers return to action this weekend at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial in Kennesaw, Ga. TSU will face Georgia State, Mercer, Ball State, Purdue and Kennesaw State.