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TSU Tigers Outlast Lady Rattlers In 4-2 Defeat
Release: Saturday 03/14/2013 (ET)
by Florida A&M Sports Information
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TALLAHASSEE, FL (Mar.14) - The Tennessee State Tigers took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning before the Lady Rattlers were able to get off of their goose egg. FAMU got two runs off of two hits to make it a game, but the Tigers were able to hold on for the 4-2 final, here today at Eagle Softball Field on the campus of Tallahassee Community College.

Assistant coach Lori Goodart felt the team just did not get a fast enough start. "We came out a little flat today. When we didn't have the energy at the beginning of the game it was really hard to get it going. We lacked the intensity we needed to win the ballgame," she added.

Ashanti Shepherd and Kieifi Myrick accounted for the only two hits as well as runs by FAMU, as they garnered one each. The Lady Rattlers left eight on base, while orchestrating 11 assists.

Tennessee State was paced by Jennifer Given, who had three hits and Ashley Haynes and Kate Morris, who collected two hits each. The most defining play of the game came in the fourth inning as second baseman Kacie Daugherty blasted a solo shot over the centerfield fence.

Olivia Gamache picked up the win for the Tigers. She pitched six and two-thirds innings, gave up two hits, two runs four walks and got six strikeouts. Shea Morris closed out the game for the Tigers as went one-third of an inning to closeout the game.

Ashleigh Minter took the loss for the Rattlers. She pitched the complete game, giving up nine hits, two walks, six strikeouts and four runs.

"We started make a run, but we still weren't swinging the bat well all day, so I think the confidence was a little bit low and we just didn't get the timely hitting we needed. We need to start our next game in Clearwater (Florida) with more energy and focus and play fundamental Lady Rattler softball," goodart concluded.

The Lady Rattlers will travel to Clearwater, Fl to take on the a battery of teams in the USF Softball Tournament. The Lady Rattlers face Robert Morris (3/16: 4 p.m.), Long Island university (3/15: 6:15 p.m.), Colgate (3/16: 1:15 p.m.), Boston University (3/16: 6:15 p.m.) and Rutgers (3/17: 11:45 a.m.).


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