NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State dropped both ends of a twin bill to Ohio Valley Conference opponent Eastern Kentucky on Friday afternoon at Tiger Field. The Colonels needed six innings to claim a 12-2 victory in the opener and gained the sweep with a 12-1 decision in the night cap.
The Tigers fell to 9-28 on the season and 1-10 in the OVC, while EKU moved to 17-23, 4-6 in conference.
The Colonels jumped out to a 7-0 lead off Tiger starter Lauren Woodard (2-10) with a run in the first inning and six in the second.
TSU cut into the Colonels lead with a pair of runs in the third. The Tigers loaded the bases as Kasey Cox earned a leadoff walk and advanced on a single by Selena Crafton and Patton Akers reaching after being hit by a pitch. Cox put the Tigers on the board as she crossed on a wild pitch, which allowed Crafton and Akers to move up 60 feet.
The Tigers cut the Colonels advantage to 7-2 as Danica Gleason lifted a ball into foul territory down the first base line. On the play, Crafton sprinted home ahead of the throw from the Colonels first baseman.
Amanda Cabrera entered in relief of Woodard and retired the first nine batters she faced. The EKU offense would get to the freshman the second time through the lineup as they added five runs in the fifth.
Game two resembled game one with EKU jumping out to a 7-0 lead. The Tigers struck for their run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Kierra Ware opened the inning with her first hit of the season, in a pinch hit appearance. The sophomore moved to second on Crafton groundout and to third on a groundball off the bat of Courtney Gearlds. Gleason stepped up once again with an RBI single to plate Ware.
Gleason finished the day going 3-for-5 with two runs batted in.
EKU responded with another five run inning in their final at bat of Lauren Powell, who dropped to 4-12 on the season.
TSU travels to Normal, Ala. to face Alabama A&M in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, Apr. 19.