Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers will travel to take on conference leading UT Martin in a weekend series. The Skyhawks lead the Ohio Valley Conference at 10-2 and is 21-12 on the season. A double header is scheduled for Saturday and a single game on Sunday. Both days are scheduled for 1 p.m. starts.
TSU dropped a single game to Austin Peay on Thursday evening and is now 10-18 and 3-6 in the OVC. Devin Amar is hitting .289 with 13 RBI to lead the Tigers in both categories. Shea Morris has dropped her ERA to 2.99 and leads the OVC with 114 punch outs in 107.2 innings.
UT Martin (21-12, 10-2)
2011 Record: 34-24
Conference: Ohio Valley
2011 Finish: 19-10
Series Record: 6-49
Last Time Played: 2011, Lost 3-6
Last Win: 2009, 5-4
UTM is hitting .271 as a team and averaging 4.3 runs per game. The Skyhawks are the most aggressive team on the base paths in the OVC with 43 stolen bases in 61 attempts. Junior Leah Taylor paces UTM by leading with 48 hits, a .425 average, 32 runs, eight triples, five home runs, 24 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 22 attempts.
Chelsea Jones has tossed 58 percent of the innings for UT Martin while four other pitchers have split the duties of the remaining time in the circle. Jones is 14-4 with a save and a 2.43 ERA. She has picked up two shutouts on the season and has fanned 109 batters in 129.1 innings.
A Battle for the Pea-"K" of the Valley
The weekend series between the Tigers and Skyhawks features #1 and #2 in strikeouts in the Ohio Valley Conference. Freshman Shea Morris leads the conference with 114 K's in 107.2, just ahead of UTM's Chelsea Jones who has 109 in 129.1 innings in the circle.
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 Caitlin Eaton was named.
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.
Walk This Way
Tedra Alford has walked 13 times this season bringing her career number to 39. 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.