STATESBORO, Ga. – Tennessee State let too many chances slip away in their first game of the Eagle Classic hosted by Georgia Southern. The host squad made took advantage of their chances to claim a 13-1 win over the Tigers. GSU improved to 10-5, while the Tigers dropped to 4-12.
TSU led the Eagles in the hit column, 9-6, as they headed to the seventh inning. But a seven hit, seven run seventh inning gave GSU a convincing victory. The Tigers could only push one run across the plate, while stranding 12 on base.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, TSU worked to load the bases on a Lindsey Burgess walk and back-to-back hits by Kate Morris and Jayna Hanawahine. The Tigers would not be able to push a runner home to begin the string of missed chances. GSU would make the Tigers pay in the top of the second as they scored four runs off of one hit.
Shea Morris, in her first collegiate plate appearance, delivered a line drive single to right and moved to second on an infield single by Courtney Gearlds. TSU would yet again miss on another scoring opportunity.
TSU would break through in third with a pair of doubles. Burgess led off the inning with a drive off the fence in left field, which missed going out by 10 inches. The sophomore would score two batters later as her classmate, Hanawahine, ripped a stand-up two-bagger into right center.
The Tigers would go on to leave one runner in the fifth, bases loaded in the sixth and two more in the final frame.
Shea Morris went the distance and is now 3-6. Morris picked up three strikeouts on the evening to give her 438 in her career. The junior pitcher is now tied with Amanda Vaught (2007-08) at the top of the TSU career chart.
Morris finished the night 2-for-3 at the plate.
Hanawahine also finished 2-for-3 and added a walk to go with the RBI double.
Kate Morris was 2-for-4, while Burgess finished 1-for-2, two walks and a run scored.
Freshmen Liz Stansberry and Gearlds each produced a 1-for-3 evening. Stansberry registered her first career double, while Gearlds was hit by a pitch for the 10th time this season. She is now tied for 3rd on the TSU single season list.
Saturday’s play at the Eagle Classic features the Tigers in a pair of games. TSU and Troy square off with first pitch scheduled for 11:30am ET. TSU and Middle Tennessee will take to the field 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Both games can be heard on tsutigers.com.