Softball's comeback falls short in series finale
Sunday, April 3, 2011

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team dropped a 12-7 decision to Eastern Kentucky in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Tiger Field.

Tennessee State (9-30, 3-13 OVC) used a four-run sixth inning to rally from behind but it wasn't enough as Eastern Kentucky (21-13, 8-7 OVC) used 14 hits to claim the series, 2-1.

Caitln Eaton (6-12) was charged with the loss for TSU while Kristin Perry (8-4) earned the win.

Jasmine Brimm went 1-of-2 at the plate and recorded her first homerun of the season while Kelly Troglin and Brooke Blackford each registered two hits apiece for TSU.

Raquel Howes (3-of-5) led EKU with four RBI while Ashley Dollins (3-of-5) had three. Christina Ciolek went a perfect 3-of-3 at the plate for the Colonels.

Eastern Kentucky did not waste anytime getting on the board as the Colonels jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a two-run homerun in the first inning.

In the next inning, the Colonels tacked on three more runs before Olivia Gamache came in to pitch for Caitlin Eaton . EKU scored another run to make the score, 7-0, before the inning ended.

The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the third. Olivia Gamache doubled to left center and Jasmine Brimm walked to put runners on first and second.  After Jalisa Bradley was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Kelly Troglin singled through the right side to drive in two runs.

EKU stretched its advantage to 10-2 after posting one run in the fourth and two in the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, TSU answered with a run to cut EKU's lead down to 10-3 when Brooke Blackford drove in Jalisa Bradley with a double to left center.

After posting another run in the top of the sixth, the Colonels moved ahead 11-3.

TSU continued to fight in the bottom half of the inning. Brittany Davis led off the frame with a walk. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Olivia Gamache before Jasmine Brimm stepped up to the plate and hit a two-run homerun over the left centerfield fence.

Brittany Webb singled down the left field line to keep the rally going before Jalisa Bradley reached on a hit-by-pitch. The Tigers loaded the bases when Kelly Troglin singled through the left side.

Brooke Blackford singled through the middle to score Bradley and Webb to pull TSU to within four, 11-7. That , however, was the last run that the Tigers scored.

After a lead off hit by EKU in the top of the seventh, Kelly Troglin came in to relieve Gamache in the circle. Troglin nearly got out of the inning intact but an untimely error allowed EKU to score another run and make the final score, 12-7.

Tennessee State finished the game with 11 hits and two errors while Eastern Kentucky had 14 hits and one miscue.

The Tigers return to action on Thursday with a single game against Austin Peay. Game time is slated for 5 p.m. at Tiger Field.