NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State dropped both ends of a doubleheader to No. 14 Tennessee in Knoxville on Tuesday evening. The Vols claimed game one, 8-0, in six innings and competed the sweep with a five inning 11-1 decision.
TSU moved to 9-27 0n the season, while UT improved to 37-5.
Whitney Ennis earned the lone hit of game one in the sixth inning to spoil UT’s Caylan Arnold no hit bid.
Lauren Woodard pitched the first three innings, surrendering six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk. Woodard was tagged with the loss and is now 2-9 on the season.
Amanda Cabrera worked the final 2.1 innings in relief and was credited with two runs against, one earned, on two hits and two walks.
In the nightcap, UT built an 8-0 lead before the Tigers could get on the board. Maddison Clark earned a walk to open the third and advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a Selena Crafton groundout. Patton Akers followed by dropping a double just inside the right field line to plate Clark, cutting the Vols advantage to 8-1.
The Tigers would be held at bay as UT tacked on three runs in the bottom of the third.
Lauren Powell (4-11) was touched for five runs on two hits and three walks in her 0.1 innings of action. Cabrera tossed the final 3.2 innings and fanned three batters, while giving up six runs, four earned, on nine hits.
Offensively, Abi Stephens registered the first hit of game two for the Tigers, finishing 1-for-2.
TSU returns to Tiger Field to host Eastern Kentucky for an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader on Friday, Apr. 14.