Fayetteville, Ark. -- Tennessee State dropped a 7-0 ballgame to the University of Arkansas in the final game of the day in Fayetteville, Ark. The Tigers fall to 1-1 while the Razorbacks improve to 8-2.
With no score after three innings, Tedra Alford led off the top of the fourth with a double down the leftfield line. Jordan Rehl sacrificed Alford to third and the Tigers looked to be in business. Alford would be stranded at third as TSU missed an opportunity to take the first lead of the game.
Starting pitcher Olivia Gamache (1-1) had been working out of trouble for each of the first three innings, but was not as fortunate in the fourth. With two outs and runners on first and second, Gamache surrendered a triple to right center that cleared the bases and give Arkansas a 2-0.
In the fifth inning, the Razorbacks loaded the bases with no outs, but the Rhode Island native was able to record the first out via the strikeout. The next batter hit a ground ball up the middle and it looked as if the Big Blue was going to once again wiggle out of a jam. Second baseman Tayler Shimizu fielded the ball and shoveled over to Ashley Haynes for the second out, but the shortstop was not able to complete the double play.
Arkansas would added three more hits as they totaled five runs in the fifth to take a commanding 7-0 lead. TSU threatened in the top of the seventh by loading the bases after back-to-back singles by Jennifer Givens and Savannah Gutierrez. But the Tigers would fall short as Arkansas pitcher Chelsea Cohen enticed Brittany Davis to pop out to end the game.
Givens led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate and one stolen base.
The Tigers will face Northwestern State for their final game of pool play at 9 a.m. The bracket game for Saturday afternoon is still yet to be determined. After the first day of play, Arkansas is 2-0, TSU 1-1, Jackson State 1-1 and Northwestern State is 0-2.