NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State softball senior day celebrations were spoiled as Eastern Illinois swiped a pair of games on Sunday at Tiger Field. The Panthers paired a six inning 12-4 win in game one with a 4-0 shutout in the night cap to improve to 19-24, 13-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The two losses dropped TSU to 10-39 on the season, 3-18 in the OVC.
Eight of nine Panthers collected a hit in game one, with six players registering two or more, to total 15 knocks against the TSU pitching staff. EIU scored three runs in the first, third and fourth innings to take a 9-0 lead.
The Tigers staged a comeback in the fourth inning as they used a hit-by-pitch to Lindsey Burgess and a walk to Kim Trice to get the rally started. Erica O’Kane delivered a double to leftfield to get the Tigers on the board as Burgess scored from second.
Emma Colegrove wasted no time as she drove the first pitch she saw back up the middle to chase home Trice and O’Kane to make the score 9-3. Two batters later, Danica Gleason punched a ball up the middle to plate Colegrove, cutting the Panthers lead to 9-4.
EIU responded with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, giving Jessica Wireman all she would need to close out the Tigers. Wireman surrendered four hits and three walks, while fanning 10 to move her record to 13-17.
Lauren Powell fell to 4-13 as she was touched for six runs on six hits and a walk. Lauren Woodard entered in the third and tossed the final 3.2 innings allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk.
In game two, EIU hurler Michelle Rogers scattered seven hits, while striking out four, to earn a shutout of the Tigers and improved to 6-7.
Lindsey Burgess and Cariona Hassell each finished 2-for-3, while Abie Stephens, Lauren Dreitlein and Whitney Ennis all went 1-for-3.
Woodard went the distance yielding four runs in the fourth inning. EIU collected eight hits, two walks and a hit by pitch against the junior pitcher to earn the win. Woodard was tagged with the loss and is now 4-21 on the year.
The Tigers will close out the season with a seven game road swing. The stretch will begin with a single non-conference game on Tuesday evening at Lipscomb.