Seminoles, Tigers and Rattlers Next Up for Softball
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Seminoles, Tigers and Rattlers Next Up for Softball

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State concluded the Tiger Classic on Sunday and enter spring break with a full schedule. The Tigers are in the middle of 12 games in 10 days. TSU will take on Auburn on Tuesday at Tiger Field before traveling to Tallahassee, Fla., where they will take on Florida State at 6:00 pm on Wednesday and Florida A&M on Thursday at 2:00 pm.

This will mark the second meeting between the Tigers of TSU and the Tigers of Auburn. The two played on February 15 with the SEC opponent earning a 3-2 win in eight innings. Olivia Gamache went the distance in the circle for TSU allowing just five hits and one earned run. Tayler Shimizu delivered a two-out single to right center in the bottom of the fifth to send the game to extra innings. The rematch is scheduled for 2:00 pm.

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TSU finished 3-3 at the Tiger Classic over the weekend. The Big Blue used a pair of wins on Sunday to improve their season record to 8-14.

Pitcher Shea Morris and outfielder Kiarra Freeman were named to the All-Tournament team with their play over the weekend. Morris saw time in the circle in five of the six games and finished 3-1 and struck out 35 batters. She opened the weekend with a two-hit, 11 strikeout shutout victory over Alabama State. Morris entered the next game trailing big against Nebraska-Omaha and did not allow a hit or a run over the final 2.1 innings of work, while fanning four. The sophomore finished the weekend with two complete game victories on Sunday.

In the first game of the day, Morris held Mississippi Valley State to five hits and two earned runs in the eight-inning Tiger win. With the 11 K's, she moved into second place on the TSU career strikeout list in just her second campaign. The final game of the classic was a four-hit performance in which she notched another six punch outs, putting her over 100 for the season. The century mark in whiffs had only been breached three times in school history before Morris walked on campus. She has done it in both seasons at TSU. She held opponents on the weekend to a .193 batting average in her five appearances.

Freeman reached base safely in all six games, including recording a hit in five games. She also had three multiple hit games. Freeman picked up the game-winning RBI in the final game of the tournament on her first home run of her career. The speedster hit a shot down the left field line that reached the corner and motored all the way around the bases for an inside the park home run. She scored the game tying run against Mississippi Valley State to force the game to extra innings. The freshman finished the weekend with a .476 on base percentage and a .579 slugging percentage.

Jennifer Givens led the Tigers in hitting at .429 (9-for-21) followed by Kiarra Freeman at .421 (8-for-19) and Kacie Daugherty at .400 (6-for-15). In limited action, Ashley Haynes was 4-for-8 and a .500 average. Givens tops the Tigers season average at .429 season followed by Freeman who is now hitting .403.

Auburn (18-7)
2012 Record: 33-23
Conference: SEC
2012 Finish: 12-16
Series Record: 0-3
Last Time Played: 2013, L 2-3 (8 innings)
Last Win: N/A

The Tigers are hitting .308 as a team and has five batters hitting .300 or better. Brandi Melero leads the team at .444 (32-for-72) five home runs, 28 RBI and six stolen bases. Auburn boasts a three-headed pitching staff, Hillary Mavromat (52.1 innings pitched), Marcy Harper (57.2 IP), and Lexi Davis (44 IP). Mavromat has a 2.14 ERA with a shutout and is 5-2 with two saves. Harper is 8-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 48 strikeouts opposed to 12 walks. Davis has a 3.02 ERA with two shutouts and a 5-3 record.

Florida State (17-8)
2012 Record: 47-16
Conference: ACC
2012 Finish: 16-5
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Time Played: N/A
Last Win: N/A

Courtney Senas and Kelly Hensley lead the Seminoles hitting lineup. Senas is hitting .370 in 81 at bats and has a team high in runs scored (25), RBI (29) and stolen bases (6). Hensley is batting .357 with 23 RBI and a team leading six doubles. Senas and Hensley share the lead with seven home runs. In the circle, Lacey Waldrop and Monica Perry handle 94% of the pitching for FSU. Waldrop is 7-3 with a 1.53 ERA and three shutouts and a save. She has recorded 92 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 73 innings pitched. Perry has compiled a 9-5 record with a 1.63 ERA and three shutouts. Perry has worked in 77.1 innings and has allowed 14 walks while fanning 90.

Florida A&M (5-15)
2012 Record: 28-29
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic
2012 Finish: 10-4
Series Record: 0-7
Last Time Played: L, 2011, L1-6
Last Win: N/A

Ashanti Shepard and Robbielyn Roberson lead the Rattlers attack with a .333 batting average. Brielle Gordon is hitting .322 and leads FAMU with six doubles and seven RBI. Jennifer Lindsey has worked a majority of the innings for the MEAC opponent who has a 2-10 record. Lindsey has 27 K's in 67.2 innings and a 3.83 ERA.