NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State dropped both ends of a double header to Murray State on Saturday afternoon at Tiger Field. The Racers grabbed the wins by the scores of 3-0 and 8-1. The Tigers fall to 1-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play and 13-19 on the season, while MSU improved to 2-2 in the OVC, 13-13 overall.
TSU was held to one run and seven hits on the day. The Racers received a five-hit shut by CheyAnne Gaskey (6-7) and a two-hit, one-run, six inning performance by Mason Robinson (5-4).
The Tigers threatened in the first inning of game one. Lindsey Burgess reached on a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Courtney Gearlds, who reached on an error. Ashley Haynes followed two batters later with a single through the right side of the infield to load the bases. Gaskey would get out of the inning as she induced Jayna Hanawahine to hit into a double play.
The Tigers managed to get base runners on over the next two innings, a Kiarra Freeman two-out single in the second and a lead-off single by Burgess in the third, but could not push a run across. The trend continued in the fourth as TSU stranded two more runners by not taking advantage of a one-out double by Rebekka Gross and a second base runner, as Tayler Shimizu reached on an error.
Murray State put a pair of hits together in the top of the fifth as the put a run on the scoreboard against TSU starter, Hannah St. Clair. The freshman was tagged with the loss and is now 2-6 as she scattered seven hits and two walks, allowing two runs, one earned.
MSU added two unearned runs in the seventh as they claimed the 3-0 win.
In game two, MSU scratched a run in the first inning without recording a hit off starter Olivia Gamache. The Tigers responded in the bottom of the second as they loaded the bases on walks to Kate Morris and Gross, and a single by Hanawahine. Shimizu came through with an infield single to plate Morris, but Gross was thrown out at home on the play.
Robinson would settle in and go on to retire the next 12 Tigers. Burgess reached base on a hit by a pitch, to break the string of batters sat down by Robinson. But it was to no avail as MSU would get the next four Tigers in order.
The Racers secured the win with a run in the third, five in the sixth and another in the seventh.
Gamache fell to 4-7 as she was touched for five runs, three earned, on six hits and five walks. The senior hurler notched four strikeouts and moved into fourth on the TSU career list, by passing Candace Hildebrand (2006-07).
TSU hits the road for a twin bill at Austin Peay on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 pm and can be heard on tsutigers.com.