Nashville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University softball team fell to No. 11 ranked Tennessee Tuesday evening at Tiger Field.
The Tigers (7-18) hung tough through the first four innings but the Lady Vols (21-4) proved to be too much down the stretch. UT used strong fifth and sixth innings to hand TSU a, 16-2, loss Tuesday night.
Three Tigers saw action in the circle for TSU but Caitlin Eaton (4-7) was charged with the loss. She threw four strikeouts while allowing three hits and two walks in three innings pitched.
The Tigers got on the board first when Kelly Troglin scored on a hit by Brooke Blackford to give TSU a, 1-0, lead.
The Lady Vols answered in the top of the third with three runs to grab a, 3-1, lead behind two hits and a TSU error.
With TSU trailing, 3-2, in the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers threatened when Tedra Alford hit her fifth double of the season, with two outs. She would, however, be left stranded on base.
UT put together a rally in the top of the fifth after firing off three consecutive hits to load the bases with no outs. Freshman pitcher Olivia Gamache walked the next batter to make the Lady Vols lead, 4-2, before Caitlin Eaton returned to the circle to relieve Gamache.
The Lady Vols continued to roll and grabbed an, 8-2, lead when a passed ball and a three-run homer led to four more runs.
Tennessee swelled the advantage to 16-2 in the sixth inning. The Lady Vols exploded for nine hits, including a grand slam from Kat Dotson in the frame.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers got a runner on base but were not able to put together a rally.
Tennessee State finished the game with seven hits and one error while Tennessee notched 15 hits and no errors. TSU left seven runners on base while UT stranded two.
The Tigers return to action tomorrow when they host the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky. Game time is slated for 5 p.m. at Tiger Field.