Tigers Host First of Two Tournaments
Friday, February 22, 2013
Tigers Host First of Two Tournaments

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tigers will open the home portion of their 2013 schedule as they host the Tiger Invitational. The two-day tournament will begin on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9:30 am with the first of five games. Tennessee State will take the field for the first of their two games at 3:30 pm and will play the second at 5:30 pm. Sunday's action mirrors day one.

TSU's first game is with fellow HBCU opponent Morgan State followed by a matchup with Bradley. On the final day, the Tigers square off with IUPUI and Butler.

All games can be heard on tsutigers.com.

Jeff Dabney's young squad dropped all four games last week at the Auburn Tiger Invitational and is now 0-7 on the season. The Tigers showed life in their two extra inning losses, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Auburn and a 9-6 heartbreaker to Indiana State.

Against the Tigers, TSU used the solid pitching by Olivia Gamache to stay close, until Tayler Shimizu delivered a two-out rbi-single to drive in Kacie Daugherty to tie the score at 1-1 in the fifth. After surrendering two runs in the top of the eighth, the Tigers fought back with an rbi single by Daugherty before falling short.

Gamache was again the hard luck pitcher that lost in the eighth inning. After struggling in the first inning, and down 5-0, the Tigers began their way back into the game. Trailing 6-2 heading into their last at bat, TSU exploded for three runs and a chance to earn their first win of the season. With two outs and down 6-5, Jayna Hanawahine ripped a double down the left field line to plate Lindsay Burgess tying the game. Ashley Haynes, who started at first base before the hit, rounded the bases, but was caught just inches in front of home plate.

The Tigers are now hitting .198 as a team, increasing their mark 62 points from week one. Freshman Kiarra Freeman continues to lead the squad with a .333 average and is followed by fellow classmate, Kacie Daugherty, at .286. Daugherty collected hits in all four games at Auburn, including a three-hit performance to end the weekend.

Morgan State (0-6)
2012 Record: 12-23
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic
2012 Finish: 6-12
Series Record: 1-0
Last Time Played: 2003, Win 2-1
Last Win: 2003

MSU opened the year 0-4 at the Savannah State Lady Tiger Tournament. Their second weekend was cut short due to rain after playing just two games of a scheduled six. MSU dropped a twin bill to Winston-Salem State. The Bears are hitting .194 as a team and is led by junior Shareday Christina, hitting .333.

IUPUI (3-6)
2012 Record: 18-32
Conference: Summit
2012 Finish: 7-14
Series Record: 1-1
Last Time Played: 2010, Lost 12-4
Last Win: 2009, 8-0

The Jaguars come to Nashville after traveling the first two weekends to Georgia. Jessica Lam has emerged as the offensive threat hitting a team high .393 with four home runs. The junior has scored nine times and driven in ten. IUPUI, hitting .274 as a team, also sports four more hitters with a .333 average or better. In the circle, the Summit League opponent has used six pitchers on the young season. The majority of the innings have been split between Emili Escamilla, Nikki Thomas and Jocelyn Oppenhuis.

Butler (0-5)
2012 Record: 25-32
Conference: Atlantic-10
2012 Finish: 13-11 (Horizon)
Series Record: 1-3
Last Time Played: 2010, Lost 3-4
Last Win: 2002, 9-1

The Bulldogs return to action after a week off. In the opening weekend, Butler fell in all their games. Krosley Ogden and Cassie Rupel led the team by hitting .417 and .375, respectively. BU has used four pitchers in the circle with Kristen Gutierrez working 10.1 innings. Taylor Lockwood, Jenny Esparza and Leah Bry have all toed the rubber for six innings each.

Bradley (4-6)
2012 Record: 21-30
Conference: Missouri Valley
2012 Finish: 11-15
Series Record: 0-2
Last Time Played: 2001, Lost 4-8
Last Win: NA

The Braves like to put the ball in the hands of Madeline Lynch-Crumrine who has handled the work in 51.1 innings of the teams 62 innings pitched. The junior hurler is 4-3 with a 2.45 ERA and 35 strikeouts. Alyson Clemente is tops for BU at .429 with seven rbi on a team who is hitting .285as a unit. Four more Braves are batting over .300 and Brianne Joseph has swiped six bases in seven attempts.