Tigers Host Tennessee Tech to Conclude 14-Game Home Stand
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Tigers Host Tennessee Tech to Conclude 14-Game Home Stand
Nashville, Tenn. -- After starting the season with road trips on the first four weekends, the Tigers returned home for a 14 game home stand. This weekend marks the end of the lengthy comfort of the home confines of Tiger Field. Tennessee State will face Tennessee Tech in a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series beginning on Saturday, March 23. Day one features a double header, weather permitting, with the Golden Eagles. The two teams will conclude the series with a single game on Sunday. First pitch on both days is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Tigers come into the series at 9-15 overall and are sitting in sixth place at 2-3 in OVC play. TTU is 3-5 in conference play, good for a three-way tie for seventh, and 9-17 overall. The two teams have played four common opponents this season, with TSU posting a 3-2 record against such opponents, while Tennessee Tech is 4-2.

Live Coverage: You can follow all the action via a live blog this weekend on tsutigers.com. Live event coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. each day. Feel free to post comments and questions throughout the series and answers will be provided along with live updates of the games.

Tennessee Tech (9-14)
2011 Record: 22-26
Conference: Ohio Valley
2011 Finish: 13-16
Series Record: 10-47
Last Time Played: 2011, Won 4-1
Last Win: 2011, 4-1
Chanelle Spalding leads the Golden Eagles at the plate hitting .295 with 23 hits in 79 at bats. She has two doubles and six RBI to go along with 14 runs scored. TTU has 28 stolen bases in 37 attempts with Melody Christian (12-of-13) and Kayla Floyd (9-of-10) doing the majority of the damage on the base paths.

Tennessee Tech has used five different pitchers and has posted a 3.29 ERA in 180.2 innings of work. The staff has combined for 134 strikeouts opposed to 103 walks. Holly Thomas leads the way at 6-8 with a save and a 2.40 ERA. She has nine complete games, including a shutout, and has started 14 of Tech's 26 games. Thomas has given 55 free passes and fanned 75 in her 99.1 innings in the circle. She has recorded a decision in five of the last nine games with Claudia Harke claiming three during the same stretch. Harke is 1-4 with five starts, and eleven appearances, toeing the rubber for 35.1 innings. On the season, Harke has 35 strike outs and has issued 20 walks.

Entering the Gamache Pit
Pitcher Olivia Gamache has allowed just one earned run in her last 22.2 innings in the circle for an astounding 0.32 ERA. The stretch began during the first game of a double header versus Murray State on Saturday, March 10.

Continuing to Steal History
Jennifer Givens victimized Austin Peay with five stolen bases during a double header on Wednesday, March 21, bringing her total to 22 on the season. Givens is the current leader in the OVC and has now moved into third on the TSU Single Season list. Only Jennifer Culberson, 32 in 2009, and Koralyn Graham, 27 in 2000, are ahead of the junior transfer with 31 games remaining on the schedule.

Special "Shea"
Shea Morris sat down eight batters in game one and four more in game two of Wednesday's twin bill with Austin Peay. The 12 punch outs moved Morris from eighth to fourth on the TSU Single Season Strikeouts chart. With her last strike out of the evening, the freshman surpassed the Candace Hildebrand mark of 92 set in 2007. The century level has only been reached by two individuals in Tiger history. Amanda Vaught accomplished the feat twice (261 in 2007; 177 in 2008), while Caitlin Eaton registered 130 in 2009.

Walk This Way
Tedra Alford has walked eight times this season bringing her career number to 34. Alford's current total is tied for seventh best on the TSU Career List with Clorissa Patton (1994-97). Koralyn Graham (1997-2000) and Keisha Felton (1994-97) are next on the list with 43. Current student-assistant Brittany Webb is tops in Tiger history with 65 during her four-year career from 2008-11.

New Kids on the Block
Freshmen Kate Morris and Savannah Gutierrez have notched hits in six of the last seven games for averages of .304 and .292, respectively. During the seven game stretch, sophomore transfer Devin Amar leads the team with a .389 average, while junior transfer Jennifer Givens (.309) and freshman Jordan Rehl (.302) are tops on the season. Freshman Tayler Shimizu has reached base safely in six consecutive games, the Tigers longest current streak. In the circle, freshman Shea Morris leads all categories for TSU.