Softball Splits with Lipscomb in Fall Finale
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State softball team split a doubleheader with Lipscomb on Wednesday evening to conclude their fall exhibition season. TSU dropped the first game 14-3, before using a 5-3 comeback win in game two to end the fall on a high note.

In game one, Lipscomb used a two-out rally to take an 8-0 lead after two innings of play. The Tigers would answer back with two runs on four consecutive hits, followed by a walk to open the third inning.

Freshman Jordan Rehl started the attack with a drive to the warning track in centerfield for a lead-off double. Fellow classmates, Kate Morris and Tayler Shimizu, followed with singles allowing Rehl to score. Junior transfer Jennifer Givens followed with an infield single to load the bases, before Aisha Walker drew a walk to push Morris across the plate. TSU would leave the bases loaded and trailed 8-2 after three innings.

Trailing in the sixth inning with two outs, Morris worked a walked and moved to second when Shimizu was hit by a pitch. Givens then enticed a rushed throw on a ground ball back to the pitcher to allow Morris to score the final run of the game for the Big Blue.

Seniors Susie Burke and Kelly Troglin each threw two innings not allowing an earn run. Burke surrendered three hits during her time in the circle and struck out one. Troglin gave up two hits and recorded two strike outs.

Game two saw the Bison once again take advantage of an extended inning as they scored three runs in the first after a Tiger error. Freshman Shea Morris and sophomore Olivia Gamache would combine in the circle to hold Lipscomb to just one hit over the final six innings.

TSU began their comeback in the fifth inning as they cut the lead to 3-1. Lipscomb tried to pick off Rehl at second base. The Greenbriar, Tenn., native broke for third on the play and came around to score as the catcher's throw traveled into centerfield.

Shimizu led off the sixth inning with her second hit of the night and later moved to second as Walker recoreded her third of four walks on the night. Givens would once again create another Bison mistake with a bunt in front of the plate. With no one covering first, the catcher's throw would sail into right field allowing Shimizu to score. Walker continued home on the play as the throw from the outfield was off the mark, allowing TSU to tie the score at 3-3.

Senior Brittany Davis came to the plate with bases empty and two outs in the seventh inning and drove a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence. The drive into the night gave TSU their first lead at 4-3. Shimizu followed two pitches later with her own drive to left, short-hopping the fence for a double. The Tigers added an insurance run as Shimizu scampered home as the Bison infield could not complete the play when freshman Savannah Gutierrez hit a ball up the middle.

Givens finished the night 4-for-8 with two stolen bases, while Shimizu finished 3-for-5 with a double, a hit-by-pitch, an RBI and two runs scored. Rehl and Kate Morris each were 2-for-5 with two runs scored.