Saturday, March 20, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- The Tennessee State softball team rebounded from a 2-0 deficit to earn a victory over Nevada. The final score after nine innings of action was 5-4 in favor of the Tigers on the first day of the Capital Classic hosted by Sacramento State. By the top of the third inning, the Wolf Pack had jumped to a 2-0 lead over Tennessee State. Strong pitching by junior Tarah Evanisko (Morgan Hill, Calif.) kept Nevada off the scoreboard for the next three innings. Finally in the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers made their move. Sophomore Misty Adfield (Twin Falls, Idaho) got things heated up when she sent a double deep to right field. A single down the left field line by junior Sabrina Smiley (Eagle River, Alaska) set Adfield up to advance to third but she was caught in a rundown by the third baseman. A Wolf Pack fielding error put sophomore Amanda Buhler (Twin Falls, Idaho) on first while a single by junior Caryn Barber (Santa Rosa, Calif.) loaded the bases. Senior Catriona Smith (Marion, N.C.) sent a single into center field, picking up two RBI. With the game tied a two, the teams headed into their first inning of the international tie-breaker. In the top of the eighth, senior Shannon Hicks (Smyrna, Tenn.) was sent to the mound to relieve Evanisko. A single by Annie Stevens pushed two runs over the plate before a Tiger double play ended the Wolf Pack's half of the inning. Rookie Hollie Sanders (Columbia, Tenn.) smashed her third homerun of the season to knot the contest at six in the bottom of the eighth. A strong defensive effort by the Tigers put Nevada down 1-2-3 to close the top half of the ninth inning. With senior Alana Thomas (Bristol, Va.) placed on second base, a smart sacrifice bunt by Smiley moved her around to third in position to win the game for Tennessee State. A single Buhler sent Thomas over the plate for the 5-4 Tiger win. The Tigers dropped their opening contest to top-25 ranked Long Beach State. The final score was 13-0 in favor of the 49ers. Long Beach State jumped out to an early two run lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. The 49s sent five runners over the plate in the third inning, bringing the score to 7-0. Tennessee State finally picked up its first hit of the game when junior Caryn Barber (Santa Rosa, Calif.) singled to left field. However, it was not enough as she was left stranded. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the 49ers unleased six runs headed up by Arleigh Thorp's homerun with the bases loaded. The Tigers were unable to convert in the top of the fifth and fell, 13-0. Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday, March 20 as it takes on Wisconsin at 10 a.m. PST, followed by Pittsburgh at 3 p.m. PST.

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