Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers return to Ohio Valley Conference play after hosting Alabama State and the Tiger Classic last week in non-conference play. TSU will host Austin Peay in a double header on Wednesday, March 20, beginning at 5 p.m. at Tiger Field. The Tigers and Governors will conclude the three-game series with a single game on Wednesday, March 27 in Clarksville.
TSU split a non-conference double header with Alabama State before falling to Ohio State, Mercer and St. Bonaventure during the Tiger Classic. Senior Kelly Troglin led the team with a .429 average over the week, while sophomore Olivia Gamache threw in four of the Tigers five games and recorded a 0.64 ERA.
Austin Peay (7-13)
2011 Record: 12-40
Conference: Ohio Valley
2011 Finish: 7-23
Series Record: 20-36
Last Time Played: 2011, Won 10-1
Last Win: 2011, 10-1
Lauren deCastro leads Austin Peay both offensively and in the circle. At the plate, deCastro is 19-for-63 for a .302 average with three doubles and three home runs. She tops APSU crossing home plate ten times and driving in 12. In the circle, deCastro is 4-3 with a 2.30 ERA and has one shut out and 32 strikeouts, to go along with 25 walks, in 48.2 innings.
Running Wild Junior Jennifer Givens sits atop the stolen base category for the Ohio Valley Conference. Givens picked up six swipes last week to give her 17 on the season.
A Swing and A Miss Freshman pitcher Shea Morris is second in the Ohio Valley Conference with 80 strikeouts. Morris is ten behind league leader Chelsea Jones of UT Martin. Morris has worked in 78.1 innings, while Jones has thrown 101.1.
Stealing History Jennifer Givens and her 17 stolen bases is already the fourth best in Tiger History. Her last swipe moved her past Koralyn Graham (1997), Clorissa Patton (1994), and Nkechinyere Olumba (1994). Graham's mark of 20 in 1999 is next in line and her 27 in 2000 is second on the single season list. Jennifer Culberson stole 32 in 2009 to set the school record.
K Factor Shea Morris over the weekend moved into eighth on the TSU single-season record list as she has now recorded 80 strike outs. Morris surpassed Caitlin Eaton's 2011 number of 76. The freshman pitcher is currently eight away from sole possession of fifth best in Tiger history. Candace Hildebrand fanned 87 in 2006, Justine Jontz recorded 85 in 2004 and Kristina Blair had 81 in 2005.
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