NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State softball team looks to carry the momentum of last Sunday afternoon's doubleheader sweep at Alabama A&M into what promises to be a solid field in this weekend's Belmont Invitational.
The Lady Tigers went south to beat the snow at home and to take a pair of games from the Lady Bulldogs, 7-2 and 4-2. The sweep got second-year head coach Joyce Maudie's second season off to a good start.
?We have not been outside very much due to the weather, and naturally that was a concern,? said the Tiger head coach. ?We had some players to come through with some clutch pitching and key hits. We know we have a lot of work ahead, but it was a good start.?
Newcomer Angela Huebner was 4-for-7 in the twinbill while returnees Dee Minor and Sabrina Smiley were each 3-for-7. Smiley's three hits were all doubles in the opener. TSU had 10 hits in each of the contests.
Returning hurlers Tarah Evanisko and Shannon Hicks each picked up pitching wins. Newcomer Alana Thomas worked out of the bullpen in each of the games and picked up her first save in the second game.
The Tigers will get a stern test very early in the Belmont Tournament. TSU will face Southeastern Conference member Tennessee Saturday at 11 a.m. at Aquinas College. The Tigers will play at Lipscomb at 1 p.m. before returning to the Aquinas College Field Sunday for games against Saint Louis and host Belmont at noon and 2 p.m.
Alabama A&M Box Score (Game 1)
Alabama A&M Box Score (Game 2)