NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State returned to the friendly confines of Tiger Field to begin a seven game home stand on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers took game one from Holy Cross 5-2, before the Crusaders came back to grab a 7-2 decision in the nightcap.
The Tigers moved to 7-15, while Holy Cross is now 1-1.
In the first game, the Tigers jumped ahead early as they scored four runs on four hits in the first inning. Lindsey Burgess led off the frame with a walk and was moved to third on back-to-back singles by Courtney Gearlds and Jayna Hanawahine. Kate Morris put the Tigers on top with a single to right driving home Burgess. On the play, Gearlds would charge home as the throw from right got away from the catcher, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Pitcher Shea Morris helped her cause with a single to left, plating Hanawahine, extending the advantage to three. TSU picked up their final run of the inning as Kate Morris came home on a ground ball by Kiarra Freeman.
TSU manufactured a run in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Tayler Shimizu did the leg work as she singled to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The junior created the run as she stole third and was scored when the attempted throw found its way into left field.
Shea Morris held HC scoreless for the first five innings and retired the first two batters in the top of the sixth. Morris ran into trouble as the next two batters reached on Tiger mishaps. Holy Cross would take advantage of the extended inning two batters later as Sarah Free ripped a single up the middle to score a pair of runs.
The unearned runs in the sixth are all the Crusaders could manage off Morris. The junior pitcher improved to 5-6 as she held the Crusaders to three hits and two walks as she fanned seven.
In the nightcap, Hannah St. Clair (0-3) held the Crusaders hitless for the first three innings. HC would explode with seven runs off eight hits over the next three innings against the freshman.
The Tigers were held in check by Gennifer Durham who allowed two runs as she scattered six hits, three walks and hitting two batters. Durham (1-0) earns the win in her first start of the season.
TSU broke through in the sixth as Burgess, who led off with a double, scored on a Rebekka Gross single. Hanawahine, who reached on a single, advanced to third on the Gross single and scored on a pass ball.
Tennessee State will host the Tiger Invitational from Mar. 7-9. TSU will welcome Arkansas-Pine Bluff, North Carolina A&T and Saint Louis for the three day tournament. The Tigers games versus Ohio set for Wednesday will be canceled due to a scheduling conflict.