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Softball Drops Double-Header to Belmont
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tigers goes 0-2 in season home-opener against Belmont

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University softball team dropped both games in their 2009 season home-opener to Belmont in double-header action Wednesday at Tiger Field. The Tigers (6-3) lost the first game in eight innings, 4-3, and the second match-up, 3-1.

For both games, Caitlin Eaton (3-1) picked up her first loss of the season throwing a 0.99 ERA with four strikeouts hitting 3-for-7 for a .428 average. Megan Hedrick (1-2) gave up one earned run and five hits posting a 1.16 ERA.

From the plate, TSU hit a combine .208 batting average with offensive production from  Bridget Metzger and Jalisa Bradley. Metzger went 2-of-6 (.333) and Bradley hit 2-of-4 (.500) both combining for two RBI's.

Tennessee State 3, Belmont 4 (8 innings)

TSU jumped on the board first after Bradley hit a single down the left line in the second inning, scoring in pinch runner Jill Gardner for the 1-0 lead. In the top of the third, the Bruins (8-4) put up three runs on two hits capitalizing on a TSU throwing error to take a 3-1 advantage.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Bradley opened the inning with a triple to right field before scoring on a Metzger single up the middle to narrow the lead 3-2. In the sixth inning, Melanie Cruz helped tie the score, 3-3, bringing in Royesha Goodman on a double to left center.

In extra play, the Bruins scored at the top of the eighth inning with a runner already placed on second courtesy of the international play rule. Susie Burke came in relief to hold Belmont to one score, but TSU went down at the bottom of the inning without a hit leaving three stranded on base.

Tennessee State 1, Belmont 3

In game two, the scored was tied after the first inning, 1-1 when Eaton scored in Jennifer Culberson on a single up the middle.  Without a hit in the game one, Culberson finished 1-of-3 for .333 average and one RBI.

The Bruins answered scoring runs in the third and sixth innings. In the seventh inning, Kelly Troglin, in relief, threw two strike outs to keep the score 3-1 one going into the bottom of the inning. TSU could not recover from going without a hit in the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings with three batters away.

Next up, the Tiger will head to the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla. on February 26 - March 3.