Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team will travel to Jacksonville, Alabama to face the Gamecocks on Tuesday before matching up with Memphis on Wednesday.
The Tigers (10-33, 4-16 OVC) return to action on Tuesday, April, 12 with a single game against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (27-10, 12-3 OVC). The time is slated for 4 p.m. at University Field in Jacksonville, Alabama.
The next day, Tennessee State will take a brief break from OVC action as the Tigers will face Conference USA member Memphis (25-10) in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. First game of the twin bill is slated for 2 p.m. at the Tiger Softball Complex in Memphis, Tennessee. Game two is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Tigers recently ended their seven game home slate dropping a three-game series to Southeast Missouri State. Game one of the series was a tough, 6-5, loss by the Tigers. They held the lead until the top of the six where a costly error allowed SEMO to steal the victory.
In game two, the Tigers fell, 5-3, as the Redhawks were able to hold off their late inning charge. In the final game of the series, TSU fell to SEMO as the Tigers struggled at the plate. Only Tedra Alford (1-2), Brittany Davis (1-1) and Ashley Heinaman (1-1) recorded hits for the Tigers. The Redhawks recorded five hits and five runs in the first inning. They continued to produce runs throughout the game, leading to a 10-0 defeat.
Jacksonville State will be following up a 13-2 mercy-rule defeat of Tennessee Tech in their most recent conference meeting. The Gamecocks started the game off to the tune of eight runs on just two hits in the first inning. Jacksonville State received a lot of help from TTU starter Holly Thomas. Thomas, after allowing a one out single, gave up four walks and hit a pair of batters, loading the bases form Sophomore Krystal Ruth. Ruth then highlighted the inning, taking advantage of the TTU charity with a grand slam, setting the tone for the victory. Freshman pitcher Tiffany Harbin contributed a productive day on the hill as she only allowed six hits in five innings of play, while striking out nine batters.
As a team the Gamecocks are batting .306 as they have two players Abbey Stepp and Kristin Graham batting over .400 with 20 homeruns between the two of them. On the mound, JSU is posting an impressive 2.86 run average, led by Tiffany Harbin, who is now 16-5 on the year with a 2.83 ERA.
Memphis (25-10) is coming off a sweep over Marshall, the first in the program's history. UofM won the first two games (10-3, 7-4) before game three was called in the top of the fifth inning due to the drop-dead rule. The rule, made to prevent conflicts in travel arrangements for visiting teams, requires both head coaches to be in agreement with the time prior to the start of the game.
The Memphis Tigers are led offensively by Heather Mott (.322) with 32 hits while Jessica Philips (.316) has a team best 31 RBI to go with 31 hits. As a team, Memphis is batting .230 and has a 1.95 team ERA. Carly Hummel is the top pitcher with a 14-4 record and a 1.48 earned run average.
Freshman Jasmine Brimm has become an offensive threat as of late and has jumped to second on the team in batting as she now has a .324 batting average. Brimm provided two impressive outings in the Southeast Missouri series, batting 2-of-3 in game one, before knocking in all three batters in game two.
Overall, TSU is now batting .244 as a team, while allowing 5.82 earned runs per game.
Live Stats will be available on Jacksonville State's athletic website for Tuesday's game while fans also can follow Live Stats via GameTracker on the University of Memphis' website, Wednesday.