Tigers Head Into Conference Play, Hosts Eastern Kentucky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State softball team opens Ohio Valley Conference play with a three-game series as they host Eastern Kentucky. The two teams will begin the series with a double header set for 1:00pm on Saturday, Mar. 15. The two teams will try to avoid the potential rains on Sunday, as the final game is scheduled for 1:00pm.
The games can be seen on the ovcdigitalnetwork.com.
EKU enters the game with a 57-9 advantage over the Tigers. The Colonels won 43 of the first 55 meetings between the two squads, with TSU winning their first game in 1997 and the second in 2000. The Tigers have won seven of the last 21 games, but has dropped the last eight meetings. TSU will play the Colonels at Tiger Field for the first time since 2011, which was the last time the Big Blue earned a win against EKU, a 7-3 victory. The past two seasons, TSU has made the trip to Richmond.
Tennessee State is 8-3 over the last 11 games and had a five-game win streak end on Wednesday at #15 Georgia. Lindsey Burgess hit her fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth, but the Bulldogs claimed an 8-3 win.
Burgess and Kate Morris registered the only two hits of the game for TSU. Burgess continues to lead the Tigers with a .367 batting average and is tied with Jayna Hanawahine with six doubles. Hanawahine is batting .264 and has crossed home plate a team high 16 times. Morris is hitting at a .289 clip and has driven in 20.
Freshman Courtney Gearlds is hitting .320 and has swiped nine bases. Gearlds leads the OVC in hits-by-pitch with 11.
Eastern Kentucky (10-10)
2013 Record: 36-20
2013 Finish: 19-6/1st Eastern
Series Record: 9-57
Last Time Played: 4-14-13, L 3-5
Last Win: 4-2-11, 7-3
Leanna Pittsenbarger has appeared in 14 of the 20 games for EKU. The sophomore has started 11 games, tossing 77.2 innings compiling a 7-5 record, a 1.53 ERA and 113 strikeouts, opposed to 22 walks. Offensively, Katie Tackett leads the charge for the Colonels with 18 hits in 59 at bats for a .305 average. Tackett leads EKU with 5 home runs and 14 RBI. Krislyn Campos, batting .267, tops the Colonels with six doubles.