NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State will step out of Ohio Valley play for their final non-conference games of the season. TSU will welcome former OVC member Samford to Tiger Field for the first time since 2008. The two teams will play a double header beginning at 4:00pm on Wednesday afternoon.
The games can be seen on the ovcdigitalnetwork.com.
The Tigers were a part of a pair of sweeps on the weekend and is now 16-25, 4-9 in the OVC play. TSU was swept at UT Martin (6-5, 3-4) with game two taking 11 innings to determine a winner. TSU collected their own sweep with wins at Southeast Missouri (3-1, 4-3).
Rebekka Gross hit the first two home runs of her career in game two versus SEMO, driving in all four runs. Shea Morris earned the win in the same game and became the winningest pitcher in TSU history. Morris finished the weekend with nine strikeouts and is one shy of 500, which would make her the first Tiger to reach the milestone.
Morris’ strikeout milestones are listed below:
1 – Kaitlin Westfall, @South Carolina 2-10-12
100 – Holly Thomas, Tennessee Tech 3-24-12
200 – Kayla Winkfield, @Mississippi State 2-9-13
300 – Morgan Estell, Auburn 3-12-13
400 – Kelsey Cartwright, @Lipscomb 2-8-14
439* – Marinna Shadley, vs. Middle Tennessee 3-1-14
499 – Haylee Krack, @Southeast Missouri 4-6-14
Morris became the career strikeout leader at TSU with her 439th punch out.
2013 Record: 17-35
2013 Finish: 6-15/9th
Series Record: 4-13
Last Time Played: 4-26-08, L 3-12
Last Win: 4-25-08, 7-2
The Bulldogs are batting .301 as a team with 52 doubles, 40 home runs and averaging 5.5 runs per game. Megan Dowdy is hitting at a .353 clip and is the leading base stealer with 17 in 18 attempts. Abby Adams (.323) leads Samford with 37 runs scored and 12 long balls. In the circle, Mollie Hanson has worked over half of the Bulldogs innings, 128.2 of 255.0 and is 16-7 with a 1.52 ERA. Hanson has been efficient striking out 119, while walking only 22. Grey Adams (4.36) is 6-2 and has struck out 38 and issued a free pass to 29 in 51.1 innings of work.