DESPITE STRONG EFFORTS, SOFTBALL DROPS TWO ON FINAL DAY OF GEORGIA STATE INVITATIONAL
ATLANTA, Ga. --- The Tiger softball team could not pull out a win on the second day of the Georgia State Lady Panther Invitational on Sunday and dropped games to Georgia Tech, 4-0, and Eastern Kentucky, 6-2. In the first game, Tennessee State faced an all-around strong team in Georgia Tech, who got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, sending two runners across the plate. The Yellow Jackets struck again in the bottom of the fourth inning, capitalizing on a Tiger error that resulted in a successful steal home. A double up the middle sent another Georgia State run over the plate and sealed the fate of the Tigers. Playing extremely tough defense, the Yellow Jackets only allowed one Tennessee State player to get on base in the contest and allowed only one hit. Tennessee State faced Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Kentucky for the second time in as many days in the consolation game of the Invitational. The Colonels were the first on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning, recording two runs on three hits. Junior Sabrina Smiley (Eagle River, Alaska) smacked a double down the left field line sending freshman MaSherrl Conyer (Pine Bluff, Ark.) across the plate for the Tigers' first point of the game. Tennessee State's defense that had managed to keep EKU off the board for the next five innings faltered and saw the Colonels pick up four runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers rebounded in the top of the seventh when sophomore Misty Adfield (Twin Falls, Idaho) sent her first homerun sailing over the left field fence but it was too little too late as the Tigers fell, 6-2. Tennessee State returns to action on Thursday, February 26 as they host Mississippi Valley State at Tiger Field for a make up game. Action is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.