Tigers Explode in Game One to Earn Split at Murray State
Murray, Ky. - The Tigers used four doubles and a Lindsey Burgess home run in the sixth inning of game one to earn an Ohio Valley Conference split with Murray State. Tennessee State grabbed game one 5-3, while the Racers picked up the 7-1 win in game two. TSU improved to 12-31, 3-14 in the OVC. The Racers moved to 18-23, 9-9 in conference.
The Tigers outhit Murray State on the day 18-10. Kiarra Freeman led the hit parade with four hits in seven at bats. Kacie Daugherty, Jennifer Givens and Burgess all collected three hits, while Audrey Sensing and Brianna Roberts recorded two knocks a piece. Ashley Haynes recorded the final hit for TSU.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the third inning of game one as Roberts led off with a double off the fence in right field. After a Tayler Shimizu sacrifice bunt advanced Roberts to third, Givens grounded out to short allowing Roberts to break for home. The freshman slid head first to reach the plate ahead of the throw to put the Tigers up 1-0.
With Murray State leading 3-1, TSU came to the plate for the eventful sixth inning. Givens and Freeman hit back-to-back doubles to give the Tigers two runners in scoring position for Daugherty. The freshman left fielder drove a 1-0 pitch into right center for the third consecutive double and evened the score at 3-3. Two batters later, Burgess hit a high fly ball that landed just on the other side of the fence in left field to give TSU a 5-3 lead. Haynes continued the extra base barrage with a double down the right field line, but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it to a triple.
Shea Morris would make the score stick as she retired the final seven batters she faced. Morris improved to 8-16 as she scattered six hits and one walk as she struck out nine.
The Tigers opened game two with five hits over the first three innings and stranded six runners, including leaving bases loaded in the first. In the bottom of the third, the Racers took advantage of a Tiger error and two hits to score four runs, all unearned, for the early lead.
Olivia Gamache surrendered seven runs, just two earned, as she was charged with the loss and fell to 4-15. The junior hurler struggled a bit with control as she issued six walks and hit four batters. Gamache was able to record a career high in strikeouts, as she fanned eight Murray State batters.
In the seventh, the Tigers scored their lone run on a two-out single off the bat of Daugherty. Givens was able to score from second making the final score 7-1.
TSU returns home to host Austin Peay for a doubleheader at 1:00 pm on Sunday. Both games can be heard on tsutigers.com.