NASHVILLE, Tenn.- It is a great week to be a middle Tennessee softball fan, as you can catch four area teams in action here in Nashville this week! A couple of key rivalry match-ups are set as Belmont travels to Lipscomb on Tuesday and TSU hosts MTSU on Wednesday. With the college softball season winding down, each of these teams is looking to pick up a late non-conference win over an area rival.
Belmont vs. Lipscomb
On Tuesday, the Belmont Bruins (22-19, 3-12) will make the short trip down Belmont Boulevard to take on the Lipscomb Bisons (29-13, 8-6) in a highly anticipated rivalry match-up dubbed as the “Battle of the Boulevard”. In this game last season, Lipscomb took down Belmont 5-0 on their home field. Look for Belmont to try to repay the favor this week as they travel to Draper Diamond.
Both teams are coming off of conference doubleheader losses over the weekend. Belmont dropped two games to Austin Peay and Lipscomb fell to Kennesaw State.
The Bruins took 1-0 and 7-2 losses this past Saturday. Pitcher Brooklin Lee had a season-high 13 strikeouts in her outing and centerfielder Baylee Cook went 3-6 on the day. This season, the Bruin’s offense is led by a senior duo of Lexi Rouse and Jess Andree who are hitting .333 and .325, respectively and are tied for the team-high RBI with 26 apiece.
Lipscomb fell to Kennesaw State 3-2 and 2-1 in a couple of close games this past weekend. Lipscomb only recorded 5 hits in each game and senior catcher Abby Fenichel and junior third basemen Sarah Higgins were the only ones to record a hit in both games. Higgins is hitting an impressive .343 on the season and Fenichel has a team-high 32 RBI.
Lipscomb will host Belmont in the “Battle of the Boulevard” on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 5 p.m.
MTSU vs. TSU
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (30-18, 8-9) will travel to Nashville Wednesday to take on the Tennessee State Tigers (3-41, 0-14) in another non-conference area rivalry game.
MTSU split a home doubleheader with Florida Atlantic last Saturday. The Blue Raiders earned their 30th win of the season, something the program hasn’t done since 2007. That wasn’t the only milestone hit on Saturday. Sophomore first basemen Lexi Cushing broke the single-season home run record as she hit her 12th long ball of the season. She went 3-6 on the day and picked up 3 RBI which brings her team-high total to 39 this season. Senior pitcher Cori Jennings pitched 12 innings and earned her 15th win, striking out 8 in the process.
TSU is looking for a win to turn things around this season. The Tigers dropped both games of their doubleheader with Murray State on Saturday, which marks 25 straight losses for the ball club. Sophomore Sarah Snell provided a spark for TSU as she went 3-6 on the day and recorded two runs, a walk, and a stolen base, all of which are all categories she leads the team in. Junior pitcher Lauren Powell took a loss, but recorded 6 strikeouts. This brought her career total to 200, making her only the 5th player in program history to reach the milestone.
TSU hosts MTSU on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. First pitch is at 6 p.m.