Tigers Use Comeback to Earn Split Against Morehead State
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tigers used a late inning comeback in game two of their doubleheader against Morehead State to earn an Ohio Valley Conference split on Saturday afternoon at Tiger Field. Tennessee State earned an 8-6 victory in the nightcap after dropping the opener 5-1. TSU moved to 11-22 on the season and 2-6 in conference play. MSU is now 11-11 and 1-5.
Freshman Audrey Sensing ripped a two-out double into right center with bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 8-6 lead in game two. Sophomore Shea Morris picked up her second save of the season as she entered the seventh inning with no outs and two runners in scoring position and held the Eagles scoreless to secure the win.
Leadoff hitter Jennifer Givens and two-hole hitter Kiarra Freeman tried to set the table for the Tigers all day, as the duo registered 10 of the teams 19 hits. The pair each picked up singles in the first inning and proceeded to run a double steal putting runners in scoring position for Kacie Daugherty. The freshman outfielder grounded out to second, but gave Givens the chance to cross home plate and give TSU an early 1-0 lead.
In the 2nd inning, sophomore Tayler Shimizu added to the lead as she smashed a ball by a drawn in infield into right field that chased home Lindsey Burgess. The freshman catcher had led off the inning with her eighth double of the season.
MSU took the lead in the third with three runs only to see the Tigers charge back in their half of the fourth. With two outs, the two speedsters at the top of the lineup struck again. Givens stole her third base of the day after a single and moved to third on a base hit by Freeman. The freshman stole second base giving Daugherty another chance with two runners in scoring position. The lefty delivered with a two-run single up the middle plating Givens and Freeman as the Tigers reclaimed a 4-3 lead.
The Eagles would tie the game back up in the fifth and then took the lead by taking advantage of a Tiger error. They would also add another unearned run in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead.
The bottom part of the batting order stepped up in the bottom of the sixth as Brianna Roberts battled to earn a walk off starting pitcher Kelcey McMurray. Ashley Haynes followed with a single through the middle of the infield to get to Givens. The senior followed with a single down the leftfield line that landed square on the chalk just in front of the grass allowing Roberts to score to cut the MSU lead to 6-5.
Game one winning pitcher Katie Pfost entered the game with no outs trying to hold on to the one run advantage. After striking out Freeman, Daugherty singled to left to load the bases. Two batters later, Sensing stepped to the plate and delivered the clutch bases clearing extra base hit that propelled TSU to a win.
Olivia Gamache was credited with the win as she worked into the seventh inning. Gamache is now 4-11 as she surrendered 10 hits, four walks and six runs, four earned. The junior hurler struck out five batters on the day.
Game one saw TSU take an early lead as Jayna Hanawahine hit her third home run of the season. The freshman drove a hard line drive over the leftfield fence for a 1-0 lead. Morehead State would even the score in the fourth inning with an unearned run off Morris.
Morris and Pfost went toe-to-toe for six innings before the Eagles got the best of the Tiger pitcher with four runs on five hits in the seventh. Morris fell to 7-11 as she struck out five batters. Pfost earned the win as she fanned eight Tigers.
Givens finished the day going 5-for-7 with a walk, three stolen bases and three runs scored. Freeman was 5-for-8 and swiped three bases as well. Kacie Daugherty was 3-for-7 with a run and three RBI.
TSU will step out of conference on Tuesday evening as they travel to Knoxville to take on the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers. The single game will begin at 7:00 pm ET. Live coverage can be heard on tsutigers.com.