MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – After dealing with three schedule changes, Tennessee State and Middle Tennessee finally were able to take to the field for their first of two matchups for the year. MT took the first addition with a 4-0 victory on Tuesday evening at Middle Tennessee Softball Field.
The two teams will face each other to close out the non-conference series on Apr. 28 as Tiger Field.
Middle Tennessee (15-19) used a run in the first and tacked on three in the third to gain the win.
Tennessee State (9-25) mounted just one threat off MT pitcher Kelci Cheney, as they were held to five hits and a walk on the night.
In the top of the fourth trailing 4-0, Joselynn Yates tried to start a two out rally as she laced a single through the right side of the infield. Lindsey Burgess followed with a walk giving TSU its first runner in scoring position.
Senior Kate Morris wasted no time as she attacked the first pitch she saw for a hard single by MT third baseman Samantha Nieves. Yates rounded hard at third, but was held up by head coach Tom Opdenbrouw as the sharply hit ball reached the Blue Raiders charging left fielder.
The Tigers would strand all three runners, as the MT pitching staff held the TSU offense in check the rest of the evening.
Cheney improved to 9-11, while TSU starter Amber Galyon was tagged for the loss and is now 2-11. The freshman hurler was touched for four runs on eight hits.
The Tigers will return to Ohio Valley Conference play as they travel to Richmond, Ky. for a three-game series with Eastern Kentucky.