Costly errors lead to loss against WKU
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team dropped a, 13-4, decision to Western Kentucky Wednesday evening at Tiger Field.

Tennessee State fell to 7-19 while Western Kentucky improved to 15-8 on the season.

Freshman Olivia Gamache (0-6) was charged with the loss while Kelly Troglin also saw action in the circle for TSU.

Ashley Haynes went a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI while Tedra Alford had a 2-for-3 showing at the plate.  Shanika Johnson (1-for-3) led the team with two runs batted in.

The Tigers seemed to be off to a good start when Tedra Alford led off the opening inning with a single to left center. The next batter, however, hit into a double play before a strikeout ended the frame.

In the top of the second, Western Kentucky tallied two hits before a costly throwing error allowed two runs to score. The Hilltoppers then extended their lead to, 3-0, when the TSU catcher was called for obstruction on an attempted squeeze play.

Following that ruling, a 17-minute delay ensued because of a protest by the TSU bench. The protest, however, was not upheld.

Later, WKU loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fourth behind two hits and a walk. Another walk from Gamache scored a run for the Hilltoppers before a sacrifice fly made the visitors lead, 5-0.

The Tigers had a chance to get out the inning without any more runs scoring but a passed ball and another error extended the frame. The Hilltoppers posted five more runs to go ahead, 10-0, before Kelly Troglin came in to relieve Gamache.

WKU scored three more runs before the inning ended.

In the bottom of the fourth inning TSU got on the board. Back-to-back errors by the WKU pitcher put two runners on base, setting up Jill Gardner to score on Ashley Haynes' double to right field. On the next play, Shanika Johnson singled through the middle to plate Jasmine Dunston and Haynes.

With TSU trailing, 11-3, Tedra Alford christened the fifth inning with a double to right center. Alford moved over to third on a groundout before scoring on a passed ball.  

The Hilltoppers responded with two more runs in the top of the fifth to make the final score, 13-4.

Tennessee State finished the game with seven hits and four errors while Western Kentucky had 10 hits and three errors.

The Tigers return to action this weekend with an OVC doubleheader against UT Martin. Saturday's first game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start with game two following shortly after. Sunday's single game will begin at 1 p.m. at Tiger Field.