Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State opened home play with a pair of Ohio Valley Conference losses to Murray State Saturday afternoon at Tiger Field. The Racers came from behind in game one to win 5-2 and needed just five innings to win the night cap 14-0. TSU falls to 6-10 overall and start 0-2 in OVC play. Murray State improved to 7-4, 2-0 in conference.
In the first game, Tayler Shimizu reached first as she was hit by a pitch to lead off the third inning. Savannah Gutierrez followed with a single and gave the Tigers runners on second and third after the pair advanced on a wild pitch. With one out, Kelly Troglin hit a ball back up the middle that glanced off the tip of pitcher Shelby Kosmecki's outstretched glove, allowing Shimizu to score. Gutierrez would score a batter later on a ground ball off the bat of Tedra Alford giving the Tigers an early 2-1 lead.
Murray State would come back in the fifth to regain the lead for good, as they pieced together three hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly to score four runs making the score 5-2. Tiger starter Shea Morris was lifted after the fifth allowing five hits and three walks. Morris fanned six Racers as she fell to 4-5 on the season.
Kosmecki (3-2) earned the win as she scattered seven hits and four walks, while striking out eight.
The Racers used a four run first inning to take the early lead in game two and never looked back. Murray State had 11 hits in the game and took full advantage of eight Tiger errors as they cruised to a 14-0 five inning win. Chelsey Sullivan improved to 3-2 as she pitched a no-hitter, with five walks and five strike outs.
Kelly Troglin was credited with the loss and is now 1-3.
The two teams conclude the three-game series at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Tiger Field.