Jacksonville, Ala. - The Tigers could not get the bats going on Saturday afternoon and dropped their first two Ohio Valley Conference games of the season. Jacksonville State used a six-inning no-hitter to capture game one 8-0 and completed the day one sweep with a 5-1 victory in game two.
In the first game, the Tigers could only manage three base runners, all on walks, off of JSU pitcher Tiffany Harbin (8-4). The Gamecocks would collect all they needed in the first inning as they scored five runs on five hits. JSU added two runs in the third and the final run in the sixth, all off of Olivia Gamache (3-9). The junior pitcher surrendered all the runs on 11 hits and three walks while fanning three.
In game two, JSU picked up three runs, two unearned, in the second inning and added two more runs in the fourth. TSU would have many opportunities throughout the game as they left eight runners on base.
The first chance for the Tigers came in the first inning as they loaded the bases on two walks and a hit by Ashley Haynes, but was unable to take the early lead. Jennifer Givens recorded a one out single in the fourth and promptly stole her 10th bag of the season. Kate Morris followed with a walk, but again, the Tigers could not move the runners any further.
In the sixth inning, TSU earned a walk and got the aid from a JSU error to put runners on the corners with just one out. Freshman Lindsey Burgess punched a ball into leftfield for the Tigers first run of the day, as Audrey Sensing crossed home plate. The Tigers threat would end on the very next pitch as they were retired on a line drive double play.
Shea Morris (6-9) took the loss as she was credited with three earned runs off seven hits and three walks. The sophomore notched three strikeouts, but left the game with two outs in the sixth for precautionary reasons. Gamache entered and struck out the final Gamecock batter of the game.
The punch out was the 99th of the career for the Exeter, R.I. product. With the K, Gamache moves into 10th all-time on the TSU career list passing Sarah Davis who wore the Tiger blue from 1997-2000.
TSU started conference play 0-2, 9-18 overall, while JSU improved to 15-10, 2-0 in the OVC.
The two teams will conclude the three-game series with a single game on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm. The action can be heard live on tsutigers.com.