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.
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.).