Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State softball team will close out their fall season at Lipscomb University a day earlier than planned. The doubleheader was originally set to be played on Thursday evening, but the two teams agreed to move it up one day due to the chance of rain and falling temperatures. Game one is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 26, with the nightcap to follow at 8:30 pm.
The Tigers are 3-3 on the fall and are coming off a six inning loss at the University of Alabama. TSU held strong through the first four innings behind the pitching of freshman Shea Morris who scattered four hits and registered five strikeouts. The Crimson Tide, third place finishers at the 2011 Women's College World Series, started to piece together some well placed hits in the fifth and used a key double to jump ahead 6-0. Alabama closed out the scoring with two runs in the sixth inning for an 8-0 win.
Earlier in the day, the Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead on North Georgia. The Saints, who finished fifth at the 2011 NCAA D-II National Championships, would take advantage of Tiger miscues to take a 6-5 lead in the top of the fifth inning. But TSU would answer with runs in their half of the fifth and sixth innings to solidify a 7-6 victory.
The Tigers began the fall with a doubleheader sweep of Motlow State at Tiger Field. After a slow start in game one, second year coach Jeff Dabney saw his team erupt for six runs in the fifth inning. TSU closed out the opening game with a 7-1 win.
Game two saw the Tigers use seven hits in the first two innings to grab a quick 4-0 lead. The pitching staff combined to scatter five hits throughout the game and recorded a 6-1 win.
In their second week out, TSU dropped a pair of games as they hosted the Tiger Fall Classic. Volunteer State claimed the first game 4-0, while Lindsey Wilson outlasted the Tigers 4-3 in nine innings.