NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State's chances for a doubleheader split disappeared as Eastern Kentucky pushed across an unearned run in the second game for a 4-3 victory in the second game to complete the doubleheader sweep in Ohio Valley Conference softball play Saturday.
The Tigers were in good position to win the nightcap as Shannon Hicks three-run homer in the third inning erased a one-run deficit. Hicks' first home run of the season came after Melissa Toftt and Catriona Smith had two-out hits to get the rally started.
However, EKU came back with two runs to tie the game in the fifth. Elisa Burch reached on a bunt and came around to third base on a throwing error. Amber Berthoud drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers were retired in order in both their halves of the sixth and seventh innings.
In the first game, EKU's Jonelle Csora tossed a two-hitter to lead the Colonels. EKU led 1-0 until the Colonels added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
The teams conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m. with single game.
Box Score (Game 1)
Box Score (Game 2)