Woodstock, Ga. --- The Tennessee State University softball team dropped the final contest of the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Sunday afternoon to host Kennesaw State, 12-2, at the Twin Creeks Softball Complex.
Tedra Alford hit a two-run homerun in the fifth inning but Tennessee State (6-10) saw Kennesaw State (10-4) post 14 hits on the way to the win.
Aisha Walker (1-for-3), Tedra Alford (1-for-2), and Ashley Haynes (1-for-2) each recorded hits for TSU while Susie Burke was tagged with the loss. Burke pitched two innings, allowing eight hits and recording one strikeout. Olivia Gamache threw in three innings for TSU.
Kennesaw State pounced on Tennessee State in the first inning with a six-run effort to go ahead, 6-0. Three runs in the second inning and another in the fourth made the lead, 10-0, before the Owls added two more runs in the fifth to swell the advantage to, 12-0.
Tennessee State finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning behind a two-run homerun from Tedra Alford.
Jill Gardner reached base after she was hit by a pitch. Gardner scored when Tedra Alford recorded her first homerun of the season to bring her home. Those two runs, however, were the only runs that TSU would score.
Tennessee State finished the game with three hits while Kennesaw State tallied 14. Neither team committed any errors.
The Tigers will play in their final tournament of the season next weekend at the Stetson Invitational, March 4-6.