Martin, Tenn. - Tennessee State was stopped by Jacksonville State and Mother Nature in an Ohio Valley Conference double header on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers dropped a 6-3 decision to open the day and endured a 51 minute rain delay in the middle of the back end of the double dip, before falling 10-1 in six innings.
The Tigers are 3-11 in conference play and 10-23 overall. The Gamecocks improved to 18-20 and 12-5 in the OVC.
Tedra Alford and Jennifer Givens led the Tigers at the plate for the day. Alford was 5-for-7, including a perfect 3-for-3 in game two, and improved her season average from .247 to .283. The junior shortstop hit her first dinger of the season and drove in three runs between the two games.
Givens finished 3-for-6 and reached base a fourth time on a hit by pitch in game one. The junior centerfielder scored two runs and swiped three bases to improve her OVC leading total to 29. With her second theft of the day Givens moved into second on the TSU Single Season record list. She now sits just three behind the all-time mark of 32 set by Jennifer Culberson in 2009.
For the fourth consecutive game the Tigers scored first, only to see their opponents storm back to hand TSU a loss. In the top of the third, Coach Jeff Dabney's squad put runners in scoring position for the meat of the order. Alford ripped a 1-1 pitch down the left field line to plate Givens from second base. Aisha Walker made the score 2-0 as she crossed home when JSU's errant throw on a sacrifice bunt by Devin Amar went into right field.
The Gamecocks would get it right back in their half of the inning using three hits, the last being a two-run home run, to jump ahead 3-2. JSU would add another run in the inning off two errors by the Tigers making the score 4-2.
TSU tried to rally in the fifth trailing 6-2. Givens singled through the left side and advanced to third two pitches later on an errant throw trying to nab her on one of her three stolen bases on the day. Givens scored two batters later on an RBI ground out by Alford to cut the lead in half at 6-3. The Tigers would get no closer as they were not able to convert over the next two innings with runners on base, stranding eight runners on the game.
In the nightcap, Jacksonville State built a 3-0 lead heading into the fourth inning. Alford launched the first pitch of the frame over the left field wall putting the Tigers on the board at 3-1. Jordan Rehl followed with a hard line drive that just missed by inches of going over the centerfield fence. The freshman was held to a single as the ball shot back to the JSU fielders.
TSU would leave two runners on to end the fourth, before the rain came, and two more in the fifth. The Gamecocks would end any bid for a comeback as they scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game at 10-1.
The Tigers return home for a three-game OVC series with Eastern Illinois beginning on Friday, April 6. Game time is set for 3 p.m. with game two beginning approximately 25 minutes following the conclusion of the opener. Saturday's single game finale is set for 1 p.m.