Softball drops twin bill against SEMO
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team dropped game one, 6-5, to Southeast Missouri before dropping a, 5-3, decision to the Redhawks in game two.

Tennessee State battled from behind but SEMO belted out 14 hits to help edge the Tigers, 6-5, in game one.

After trailing early, TSU put together a rally in the seventh inning but the comeback came up short in a, 5-3, loss to SEMO.

Game One

Caitlin Eaton (6-13) was charged with the loss while Shea Cothren (4-8) earned the win for SEMO. Alora Marble picked up her third save of the season.

Jasmine Brimm was 2-of-3 at the plate to lead TSU while Renee Kertz was a perfect 4-of-4 at the plate for SEMO.

Southeast Missouri used a couple of quick hits to grab an early, 1-0, lead in the first inning before scoring another run in the second to go ahead, 2-0.

Tennessee State was quiet through the first two innings. In the meantime, SEMO increased its lead to, 3-0, in the third frame.

TSU finally got on the board in the bottom of the third. Jill Gardner reached base after being hit by a pitch. She advanced to second on a groundout by Ashley Haynes before scoring on a single by Tedra Alford .

Jasmine Brimm kept the rally going with a single through the left side. The next batter, Jalisa Bradley , singled to left field to score Alford and pull TSU to within one, 3-2. The Tigers grabbed the lead, 4-3, when two more runs scored on a SEMO error.

In the fifth inning, a hit and a couple of walks loaded the bases for TSU with no outs.  Jasmine Dunston drove in a run with a ground out to make the Tigers' lead, 5-3, but that would be the only run that TSU would score in the inning.

A costly error led to SEMO getting its lead off runner on second base, in the top of the sixth. The miscue sparked a rally that saw the Redhawks post three runs and reclaim the lead, 6-5.

In the bottom of the seventh, Webb walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch with no outs but the Tigers were not able to capitalize as SEMO held on to win, 6-5.

TSU finished the game with six hits and one error and while SEMO registered 14 hits and two miscues.

Game Two

Kelly Troglin (2-11) was charged with the loss while Alora Marble (7-6) picked up the win for SEMO.

Jasmine Brimm led TSU with three RBI while Jill Gardner registered two runs. Kaitlin Wallace went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Southeast Missouri.

TSU fell behind, 2-0, after SEMO posted runs in the third and fourth innings behind a couple of two-out hits.

The Tigers seemed primed to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth after Kelly Troglin reached second base with only one out. But TSU left Troglin stranded on base.

SEMO increased the advantage to, 5-0, in the top of the fifth after scoring three runs off five hits in the frame.

After a bunt single by Jill Gardner and a double from Shanika Johnson, Tedra Alford walked to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth. TSU scored when Gardner crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Jasmine Brimm to make the score, 5-1.

In the bottom of the frame, TSU put together a rally that resulted in two runs. Jill Gardner walked before Tedra Alford reached on an error. Jasmine Brimm smacked a double into the gap and drove in two runs to pull to TSU to within two, 5-3. The next batter, however, popped up to end the TSU threat.

TSU finished the game with five hits and no errors while SEMO tallied 11 hits and committed two errors.

The Tigers will conclude the series versus Southeast Missouri tomorrow at 1 p.m. Prior to the start of the game, the 2011 seniors will be recognized.