Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Tennessee State was not able to generate enough offense to keep up with Southeast Missouri State on Saturday afternoon in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Tigers were shutout 2-0 to open the day and dropped a 12-4 five-inning contest in game two.
The first game took just an hour and 20 minutes as Shea Morris worked quickly and efficiently throwing 59 strikes in 77 total pitches. Morris scattered five hits and surrendered two runs, one earned, as she fell to 8-19. Alora Marble (12-12) picked up the win as she tossed a three-hit, three-walk shutout.
The Tigers had runners on base for each of the first four innings, but was not able to take advantage stranding five runners. In the bottom of the fourth SEMO used two of their five hits and a sacrifice fly to grab a 1-0 lead. The Redhawks would take advantage of two Tiger errors in the fifth to extend the score to 2-0. The Tigers would put a runner on in the sixth, but once again Marble would sit Tigers down unharmed.
In game two, Jordan Rehl ripped a double to centerfield in the first inning, but the Tigers chance to score came up short as Southeast Missouri put together a relay to gun down Devin Amar at the plate. The momentum was on the Redhawks side and they took full advantage as the first nine batters reached by hit or walk on way to an eight run inning.
The Tigers tried to answer by loading the bases in the second, but were only able to get one run back when Savannah Gutierrez was brought home by Kate Morris on a sacrifice fly. After a run in the second by SEMO to make the score 9-1, the Tigers loaded the bags again in the third. Aisha Walker would pop a ball over the pitchers head that dropped for a single pushing Rehl in to cut the lead to 9-2.
The Tigers last chance came in the fifth as they trailed 12-2. TSU put runners on base for the fifth consecutive inning and got on the board as Gutierrez scored on a wild pitch and Kelly Troglin scored on a base hit bunt by Walker. Tennessee State stranded eight runners in the night cap, 14 on the day, falling 12-4.
Walker had a career bests with three hits and two RBI in game two. The 3-for-3 performance increased the speedy slapper's average 53 points to .239 on the injury-plagued season. Rehl finished the day 2-for-4 with two walks, a double and a run scored.
Ashley Haynes registered hits in both games for a 2-for-5 day, while Tedra Alford was 1-for-3 in game two. Both reached via a walk on the day. Alford's hit is the 100th of her career and becomes just the eleventh Tiger in program history to reach the century mark.
Savannah Gutierrez had her seven-game hit streak snapped in game one, but was able to collect a hit in the second game. The freshman also walked and scored on two occasions in the game.
The Tigers (11-33, 3-20) and Redhawks (21-25, 12-13) close out the series with a single game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.