Columbia, S.C.-Tennessee State experienced their first loss of the season and heartbreak on the final day of the Palmetto Classic in Columbia, S.C. The Tigers dropped a five-inning affair to Western Kentucky, 8-0, to start the day and held a one run lead with two strikes and two outs in the seventh inning to Winthrop, before losing 3-1 in eight innings.
Tennessee State was in position to grab a share of the title with a win over Winthrop. The loss puts the Tigers at 2-2 on the season. Winthrop improved to 2-2 and Western Kentucky finished the opening weekend 3-1.
Against Winthrop, TSU had runners on in each of the first four innings and were unable to advance them past second base. In the fifth inning, Savannah Gutierrez led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Shimizu. Tedra Alford would follow with a double off the wall down the left field line driving in Gutierrez to put the Tigers on top 1-0.
Freshman Shea Morris (1-1) had TSU on the cusp of the win allowing just five hits with nine strike outs with two outs in the seventh. Winthrop would work a walk, and after a stolen base, would get a bloop base hit that fell just between shortstop Ashley Haynes and centerfielder Jennifer Givens.
In the extra inning, Chelsey Schoenfeldt drove the first pitch she saw over the right field fence to give Winthrop a 3-1 lead. Sutton Watson was then able to retire the Tigers in order in the bottom half of the inning to earn the win.
Senior Kelly Troglin was charged with the loss and is now 0-1.
Pitcher Shea Morris was named to the Palmetto Classic all-tournament team with a 1-1 record and one save. Morris was instrumental in the win over South Carolina.