Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Tennessee State jumped out to an early lead at Southeast Missouri State on Sunday afternoon before watching the lead slip away. The Tigers lost the Ohio Valley Conference game 6-2 and moved to 11-34 on the season, 3-21 in conference play. SEMO improved to 22-25, 13-13 in the OVC, with the three-game sweep.
Tedra Alford got the Tigers moving in the right direction as she ripped the first pitch of the game to the base of the wall in left center for a double. TSU would continue the attack by loading the bases for Ashley Haynes, who was able to win the battle with SEMO starter Alora Marble with a walk to force Alford home for the early 1-0 lead.
After the Redhawks tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the first, the Tigers bounced back in the second to retake the lead. Kelly Troglin walked and Kate Morris singled to lead off the inning and each moved up a base on an Alford sacrifice bunt. Jennifer Givens picked up an RBI as Troglin scored on a bunt by the junior outfielder.
Southeast Missouri grabbed the lead from TSU in the bottom of the fourth with two unearned runs. The Tigers looked to be out of the inning, but a dropped fly ball brought in the tying run and extended the inning. On the next pitch the Redhawks went up 3-2 on a double to right.
SEMO added three insurance runs in the fifth on four hits, making the score 6-2. TSU was not able to get any closer even though they were able to put runners on in every inning, with the exception of the seventh. The Tigers stranded ten runners for the second consecutive game.
Shea Morris took the loss and dropped to 8-20.
The Tigers have rescheduled their Tuesday game with Alabama A&M to Wednesday, May 2, due to academic scheduling. On Wednesday, April 25, TSU will travel to Knoxville for their final non-conference road trip as they take on Tennessee in a double header. On the weekend, TSU will honor their seniors in their final OVC home stand. Morehead State comes to town for two games on Saturday, followed by a single game on Sunday. All the festivities will begin before the 1:00 p.m. start time.