Clarksville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University softball team picked up a, 1-0, win over Austin Peay before falling to the Lady Govs, 8-0, in game two Thursday night.
Tennessee State (8-28, 2-10 OVC) snapped a 10-game losing skid by defeating Austin Peay (7-23, 2-8 OVC) in the opener. Caitlin Eaton pitched a one-hitter while Jalisa Bradley recorded her third homerun of the season to push TSU to the 1-0 win.
The Tigers struggled in game two as the Lady Govs used strong second and third innings to open up the lead. TSU only managed to post four hits while registering three errors in the losing effort.
Caitlin Eaton (5-11) picked up her fifth win of the season while Lauren de Castro (0-6) was charged with the loss for Austin Peay.
After falling behind in the count Jalisa Bradley smacked a long ball to left field and gave TSU a 1-0 lead in the top of the second.
Despite committing an error in the bottom of the second inning, Caitlin Eaton and the TSU defense were solid through the first four frames. Austin Peay's first hit of the game did not come until the fifth.
In the fifth frame, the Lady Govs were able to get a runner in scoring position following a hit and a sacrifice bunt but Eaton was able to get out of the inning without any runs scoring.
TSU had a couple of chances to add to its lead in the top of the sixth and seventh innings after loading the bases with only one out in both frames. The Tigers were not able to capitalize.
One run, however, would prove to be enough as Caitlin Eaton retired three straight APSU batters in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win for TSU.
Tennessee State finished the game with five hits and one error while Austin Peay had one hit and two errors.
The Austin Peay bats came alive in the second game as the Lady Govs tallied eight hits off eight runs in the contest. Tennessee State finished the game with four hits and three errors.
Kelly Troglin (2-9) was charged with the loss while Morgan Brewer (5-8) earned the win for APSU.
Austin Peay got on the board in the bottom of the second when Morgan Brewer hit a two-run homer to left field. Later, a couple of errors extended the inning and led to the Lady Govs scoring another run.
The Lady Govs posted one more run behind a sacrifice fly before the inning ended.
Another two-run homerun saw the APSU lead go up to, 7-0, in the bottom of the third.
The Tigers threatened in a few innings but never managed to get anything going.
After APSU loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, a single to left field made the score 8-0 and ended the game due to the mercy rule.
The Tigers return to action this weekend with a three-game series versus Eastern Kentucky. The first game of Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Tiger Field.