NASHVILLE --- Shannon Hicks doubled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to score the winning run and give Tennessee State a 2-1 victory in the second game Wednesday night as the Tigers split an Ohio Valley Conference softball doubleheader with visiting Tennessee Tech.
Hicks' game-winner came on a 1-1 pitch to right. The hit scored pitcher Alana Thomas who had singled with one out in the inning and had advanced to second on a walk to Melissa Tofft.
The Tigers had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning following Angela Huebner's sacrifice fly scored Catriona Smith. The Golden Eagles tied the game in the fifth on pitcher Lori Bayless' triple.
Thomas (2-2) recorded a complete game victory for the second time in as many starts. She allowed five hits and had four strikeouts. Bayless recorded 10 strikeouts in the defeat.
In the first game, six of Tech's runs were unearned. The Golden Eagles scored two runs in the first inning and broke open the game by scoring four runs following a two-out TSU error when the bases were empty. Stephanie Dallman had three hits and Amy Goad had a two-run homer for the Golden Eagles in the seventh inning.
TSU avoided the shutout on Angela Huebner two-run homer, her fifth of the season, which came in the seventh off reliever Lisa Lamb. Tia Brenning had pitched a one-hitter over six innings and ran her record to 7-2 with the win.
The Tigers (5-17, 2-3) play a three-game series at Southeast Missouri this weekend. Tech is 16-8 and 1-1 after its OVC openers.
Box Score (Game 1)
Box Score (Game 2)