Richmond, Ky. -- Tennessee State saw its losing streak grow as unearned runs plagued Sunday's Ohio Valley Conference game at Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels took advantage of four Tiger errors to collect an 8-2 win to complete the series sweep. TSU dropped its 13th consecutive game and fell to 10-30, 3-18 in conference play. EKU improved to 19-22 and 11-9 in the OVC.
Savannah Gutierrez would be the catalyst for TSU to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. The freshman leftfielder ripped a one-out single into centerfield to drive home Tedra Alford putting the Tigers up 1-0. Later in the inning, Gutierrez stole third and scampered home as the ball got away from the shortstop increasing the lead to 2-0.
Olivia Gamache was in control of the game allowing just one hit through the first three innings. Gamache opened the bottom of the fourth with two quick outs before issuing a walk and an infield single. The sophomore hurler looked to be out of the inning, but a dropped fly ball in foul territory by the Tigers extended the EKU fourth.
The Colonels took full advantage with a single, a walk and a hit by pitch to tie the game. TSU had a second chance to get out of the inning tied, but an unsuccessful play on a fielder's choice allowed the inning to continue with a 3-2 lead. Gamache was then victimized with a bases clearing double to give EKU a 6-2 lead before getting out of the frame.
Eastern Kentucky added two more runs in the fifth, with only one being earned, off Gamache to take an 8-2 lead before exiting in favor of Shea Morris. The freshman worked out of a bases loaded no-out jam with two strike outs and a pop up in the fifth.
Gamache surrendered just one earned run of eight on six hits in four-plus innings and fell to 2-6 on the season. Morris tossed two innings of no hit ball striking out three.
Gutierrez and Kelly Troglin were each 1-for-3 and were the only Tigers to register hits on the day.
The Tigers will step out of OVC play with a double header at cross town rival Belmont University. The first game for the Wednesday, April 14, twin bill is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.