Softball drops a pair at Phyllis Rafter Memorial
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Woodstock, Ga. --- The Tennessee State University softball team dropped a couple of games Saturday on day two of the Phyllis Rafter Memorial.

Caitlin Eaton put up a solo-shot and Jill Gardner recorded a two-run homerun but it wasn't enough for the Tigers (6-9) to pull off the comeback in a, 13-5, loss to Ball State (4-2).

The Tigers only managed to register two hits while committing two errors in an, 8-0, loss to Purdue (7-3).

Game One

Freshman pitcher Olivia Gamache (0-4) was charged with the loss. She gave up 12 hits and two walks while recording two strikeouts in four innings pitched. Junior Kelly Troglin also saw action in the circle for TSU.

Caitlin Eaton and Jill Gardner led TSU with two RBI each while they both recorded homeruns in the game.

Ball State struck first, posting a couple of runs in the opening inning to take a, 2-0, lead before a quiet next few innings from both teams.

A lead-off single followed by a homerun sparked a rally that saw Ball State tally seven hits and seven runs in the fourth inning.

Tennessee State was trailing, 9-0, when the Tigers answered with a five-spot in the bottom of the fifth to pull to within, four. Caitlin Eaton hit a solo shot down the left field line before Brittany Webb singled to left center to get on base. Webb scored when Jill Gardner picked up her second homerun of the season.

Haynes continued the Tiger rally with a single up the middle. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Tedra Alford before crossing the plate behind a hit from Olivia Gamache.

Back -to-back hits from Kara Murr and Aisha Walker loaded the bases for TSU when Caitlin Eaton walked to score another run. The Tigers still had the bases loaded but a ground out ended the inning before any more runs could score.

In the top of the fifth, Ball State tagged on four more runs behind a five-hit inning to increase the advantage to 13-5. The Tigers were not able to score any runs in the bottom of the frame so the game ended due to the mercy rule.

TSU finished the game with seven hits and one error while Ball State fired off 17 hits and committed one miscue.

Game Two

Kelly Troglin (2-2) was charged with the loss as she yielded 11 hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Aisha Walker (1-for-3) and Tedra Alford (1-for-2) recorded the Tigers' only two hits of the contest.

In the first inning, Aisha Walker had a lead-off single to third base and advanced to second on a ground out by Caitlin Eaton. She moved over to third on another ground out from Brittany Webb but would eventually be left stranded on base.

In the bottom of the frame, Purdue posted two runs to take a, 2-0, lead. The next three innings were scoreless for both teams.  

With TSU trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Purdue capitalized on six hits and one TSU error to swell the advantage to, 8-0. The contest ended due to the mercy rule.

Tennessee State finished the game with two hits and two errors while Purdue had 12 hits and no errors.

TSU will conclude play at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial tomorrow when the Tigers match-up with host Kennesaw State. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.

The Tigers will play the final game of the Phyllis Rafter Memorial tomorrow when they match up with host Kennesaw State. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.