Tigers drop twin bill to Gamecocks
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball dropped an, 8-3, decision to Jacksonville State before falling, 3-1, in game two.

Tennessee State fell to 7-24 (1-7 OVC) while Jacksonville State improved to 21-6 and remained undefeated (8-0) in league play.

Game One

Kelly Troglin (2-7) was charged with the loss for TSU while Tiffany Harbin (13-4) picked up the win for JSU.

For the Tigers, Tedra Alford went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double while Brittany Webb recorded her third homerun of the season and tallied two RBI.  

Abbey Stepp and Krystal Ruth were 3-for-4 to lead Jacksonville State while Kristin Graham notched a homerun. Sallie Beth turned in a team-best three RBI.

The Gamecocks pounded out 17 hits while the Tigers only managed three hits. Neither team committed an error as TSU stranded five runners on base and JSU left nine.

Jacksonville State grabbed an early, 1-0, lead after Kristin Graham hit a solo homerun to centerfield in the opening frame.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Tigers loaded the bases behind two walks and a hit-by-pitch. TSU, however, was not able to capitalize.  

The Gamecocks went up 2-0 in the bottom of the second when two-out blooper near the left field line drove in a run from second.

TSU struggled with JSU's starting pitcher Tiffany Harbin initially as she recorded nine strikeouts through the first three innings. 

The Tigers finally got on the board in the third frame after Brittany Webb hit a two-run homer to left center to pull TSU even, 2-2.

Jacksonville State regained the lead, 5-2, in the next inning with three runs before another run in the fifth made visitors' the advantage, 6-2.

Two more runs in the top of the seventh made JSU's lead, 8-2, before TSU scored a run in the bottom of the frame to make the final score, 8-3.

Game Two

Jacksonville State got on the board first with a run in the top of the fourth but Tennessee State answered in the bottom of the frame when Katye Brown scored from second on a hit by Jasmine Dunston.

In the same inning, the Tigers loaded the bases when Shanika Johnson got hit by a pitch but Kristin Graham retired the next batter to get out of the inning without TSU scoring anymore runs.

JSU jumped back on top, 3-1, after scoring two runs in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom of the seventh, Kelly Troglin reached base on a walk before Jalisa Bradley was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. The Tigers were unable to mount a comeback as both runners were left stranded on base.

Caitlin Eaton (4-10) was charged with the loss while Kristin Graham (3-0) picked up the win. Ashley Eliasson earned the save for Jacksonville State.  

Tennessee State finished the game with four hits and one error while Jacksonville State tallied five hits and one miscue.

The Tigers return to action this weekend at Eastern Illinois. Game one of the three-game series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.