Gainesville, Fla. - Tennessee State came from behind after spotting Gardner-Webb a lead in the final game of the Lipton Invitational. The tie was short lived as the Bulldogs hit a two-out two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to snatch a victory away from the Tigers.
TSU finishes the weekend with a season record of 6-8, while Gardner-Webb moves to 8-12.
Starting pitcher Olivia Gamache cruised through the first two innings unharmed, but ran into trouble in the third as GWU picked up four runs on five hits. Shea Morris replaced Gamache after one batter in the fourth and went the rest of the way shutting down the Bulldogs until the fateful dinger.
Morris (4-4) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks, while picking up six strikeouts. The freshman pitcher and the Tigers were almost out of the inning with a foul ball that drifted towards the first base dugout. Jordan Rehl made her way over to the rail and stretched over the netting, but the ball bounced out of her glove, on what would have been a spectacular play, giving McKenzie Morenus one more chance to be the hero for Gardner-Webb.
TSU started their comeback in the fourth picking up two runs to cut the lead to 4-2. Brittany Davis singled up the middle to bring home Tedra Alford for the first Tiger run and was followed with Rehl scoring on a ground out by Ashley Haynes. Devin Amar would tie the game in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out single that chased home Davis and Rehl.
TSU had a final chance in the seventh as Savannah Gutierrez picked up a single and Rehl delivered a double to put runners on second and third with two outs. Alyssa Gutierrez (3-6) would entice Kelly Troglin into a fly ball out to right field to end the game.
Rehl finished 3-for-4 with a double and two runs score, while Gutierrez was 2-for-4 to lead the Tigers eight hit attack.
The Tigers return home on Saturday, March 10, to host Murray State in Ohio Valley Conference play.