Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State softball will take to the road once again as they travel to Clarksville on Thursday for a 5 p.m. contest to complete their Ohio Valley Conference series with Austin Peay. The Tigers spent the first four weekends on the road only to return home for a 14-game home stand, in which they were able to play 13 games, losing one to weather. TSU will make three trips before returning home on April 6 to the friendly confines of Tiger Field.
The Tigers finished 3-2 last week and improved to 10-17 overall, 3-5 in conference play. APSU brings in a 9-16 record and is 3-8 in the OVC.
Freshman Jordan Rehl continues to lead the Tigers in hitting with a .290 batting average and a .402 on base percentage. Sophomore Devin Amar sits just behind Rehl at .288 and is the leading run producer with 13 RBI. In the circle, freshman Shea Morris is 7-9 with 108 strikeouts in 101.2 innings of work.
Previous Meeting: The Tigers and Governors squared off in a doubleheader on last week at Tiger Field for the first two games of the three-game series. TSU swept the twin bill as Shea Morris hurled her first career shutout in a 5-0 game one decision and came in to throw the final 2.1 innings in a nine inning 6-5 win. Jennifer Givens ran wild for the Tigers as she stole five bases during a 5-for-9 performance at the plate.
The double header produced the OVC Pitcher and Player of the Week. Shea Morris claimed ithe pitching honors with a 3-1 week and a 0.30 ERA while fanning 28 batters in 23.1 innings. APSU's Lauren de Castro used a 5-for-5 game in the night cap with TSU to pace her to a .611 average on the week and was named Player of the Week..
Austin Peay (9-16, 3-8)
2011 Record: 12-40
Conference: Ohio Valley
2011 Finish: 7-23
Series Record: 22-36
Last Time Played: 2012, Won 6-5 (9)
Last Win: 2012, 6-5 (9)
de Castro continues to lead Austin Peay at the plate and in the circle. As a hitter, she has compiled a .370 average on 30-of-81 hitting and leads in nine total categories with the bat. In the circle, her 4-4 record and 2.49 are best for APSU. She has issued 26 free passes and struck out 39 in 59 innings. Morgan Brewer has tossed 72 innings and has amassed a 4-7 record with a 3.99 ERA. Brewer has punched out 54 while allowing just 18 walks.
On the National Scene
Jennifer Givens is eighth in the country with a 0.81 steals per game average. Givens has swiped 22 bases on 24 attempts this season. Givens is the current leader in the OVC and is 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 28 games remaining on the schedule.
Shea Morris was named OVC Pitcher of the week after her stints against Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech. Morris became the first freshman in school history to earn the honor. She finished the week at 3-1, including her first career shutout, and allowed one earned run in four appearances for a 0.30 ERA. Morris held opponents to a .174 batting average and notched 28 strikeouts opposed to four walks in 23.1 innings. This is the first for a TSU pitcher since February 23, 2009 when was named.
Aisha Walker started her first game on Sunday after injuring her hand on the second day of practice. The sophomore was 0-for-1 with two walks, a run and a stolen base. She made one catch in right field in her season starting debut.
Entering the Gamache Pit
Pitcher Olivia Gamache has allowed three earned runs in her last 29.2 innings in the circle for an astounding 0.72 ERA. The stretch began Saturday, March 10 in game one of the Murray State doubleheader.
Shea Morris tied a career high with ten "K's" of the Golden Eagles on Saturday, March 24 and followed up with six more on Sunday. The 16 over the weekend gave Morris 108 on the season and the top spot of the OVC strikeout category. She also became just the third Tiger pitcher to reach 100 in a season, joining Amanda Vaught, who accomplished it in 2007 and 2008, and of 2009.
Walk This Way
Tedra Alford has walked 12 times this season bringing her career number to 38. Alford is seventh on the TSU Career List. 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.