COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State flip-flopped positions in the standings with Tennessee Tech on Saturday afternoon as the Golden Eagles took the first two games of the Ohio Valley Conference series. TTU jumped out early and earned a win in game one, 7-0, before using two big innings to grab the night cap, 8-1.
TSU entered the day in ninth place, one game out of the final spot for the OVC tournament, and sat half a game ahead of TTU. The Golden Eagles improved to 14-31, 6-10 in conference, as they passed TSU who is now 16-29, 4-11 in the OVC.
Rebekka Gross led the day at the plate for the Tigers as she collected three of the seven hits on the day for the women in blue. Gross also drove in the lone run of the day, as she shot a ball into center to plate Lindsey Burgess.
Tech’s Danielle Libertore surrendered hits to Gross and Burgess in game one, with five walks and five strikeouts on her way to her third shutout of the season. Libertore improved to 7-10 as her offense dropped Shea Morris to 9-11, by touching the junior pitcher for seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits.
Tech scored two runs in the first, three in the third and a run in each the fourth and the sixth.
The Tigers looked to change things in game two by sending seven batters to the plate, but could only manage one run after loading the bases on Tech pitcher Hannah Weaver. With two outs and Burgess on first, TSU strung together three consecutive hits by Kate Morris, Jayna Hanawahine and the run scoring hit by Gross.
Weaver would get in trouble again the fourth on back-to-back hits by Gross and Ashley Haynes, but escaped any damage as her defense turned an inning ending double play. The first and the fourth are the only two innings Weaver would face more than three batters in an inning.
Hannah St. Clair held the Golden Eagles attack at bay for the first two innings. Things would change in the third as 11 hitters stepped to the plate for TTU and pieced together seven hits and a walk to score five runs.
Tech would add three runs in the fifth to extend their lead to seven and create the final score of 8-1.
St. Clair dropped to 3-9 after surrendering 13 hits and three walks for eight earned runs. Weaver took the win and moved to 5-16.
The two teams will conclude the series at 1:00pm on Sunday afternoon at Tech Softball Field. The games can be heard on tsutigers.com and seen on ovcdigitalnetwork.com.