Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State stranded seven base runners as they fell to Ohio State in front of 263 spectators on a beautiful Friday evening at Tiger Field. TSU loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to push a run across as they lost 6-0 to the Big Ten opponent.
The Aristocrat of Bands got the evening started as they entertained the crowd, and set a tremendous atmosphere, as they performed after the first game of the Tiger Classic, a 7-1 win by St. Bonaventure over Belmont. The energy stayed throughout the game as OSU improved to 12-8 as they dropped TSU to 7-13.
Ohio State starter Mikayla Endicott was in control from the start as she completed a four-hitter with eight strike outs and one walk. Endicott improved to 8-6 as she picked up her third shutout of the season.
Shea Morris took the loss for TSU and moved to 4-8. The freshman allowed ten hits and a walk, while only picking up three strike outs. All three punch outs were of the Buckeyes leading offensive player, USA Softball Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List candidate, Alicia Herron.
Ohio State built their lead by scoring two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and seventh inning.
The Tigers best two scoring opportunities came in the final two innings of play. In the sixth, Tayler Shimizu walked to lead off the inning and moved to third after Endicott made an errant throw trying to get Kelly Troglin at first on a sacrifice bunt. Tedra Alford followed with a hard line drive, but was denied a hit by second baseman Melaina Saalfeld.
In the seventh, Kate Morris drove a one-out line drive single into left center and advanced to second as the ball was misplayed by the outfield. Morris remained at second as Brittany Davis reached on a dropped fly ball, bringing up Savannah Gutierrez. The freshman delivered a high chopper over Endicott that shortstop Herron was not able to gather and convert in time.
The TSU threat would end there as Endicott fanned Shimizu and enticed Jennifer Givens into a ground out to end the game.
Alford, Davis, Gutierrez and Kate Morris all finished 1-for-3 on the night.
Day two of the Tiger Classic consists of six games beginning at 9 a.m. TSU will take to the field at 1:30 p.m. versus St. Bonaventure and again at 8:15 p.m. versus Mississippi Valley State. Go to tsutigers.com and visit the Tiger Classic Tournament page for the full schedule of events.
Tiger Classic - Day 1 Scores
St. Bonaventure 7 Belmont 1
Ohio State 6 Tennessee State 0