Miscues Haunt Tigers Against Morehead State
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State softball team fell short in game one, while miscues doomed a chance to get in the win column against Morehead State on Saturday afternoon. The forecast for the day called for continuous rain, instead the two teams played in front of a large crowd under mostly sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the low 80’s.
TSU held a late inning lead in game one, only to see the advantage slip away on an unearned run, falling 4-3 in the opener. The unearned run bug would hurt the Tigers, as the Eagles used 11 on its way to a 12-1, six inning victory.
Kate Morris led the way at the plate for the Tigers as she finished the day going 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run home run. The two runs batted in moved Morris into a tie for second in program history.
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Morris belted a ball over the fence in centerfield giving TSU a 2-1 lead, as Kailey Richard, who reached on a double, touched home plate as well.
The Eagles evened the score at 2-2 in its next at bat, only to see the Tigers strike back. Carionna Hassell struck out to open the bottom of the fifth, but reached first as the ball got away from the MSU catcher. Brianna Lawrence entered to pinch run and wasted no time swiping her first base.
Courtney Gearlds continued the inning three batters later, as she reached on a fielder’s choice, moving Lawrence to third. On the next pitch, Gearlds stole second and moved to third as the throw would get away, allowing Lawrence to score, giving TSU a 3-2 advantage.
The lead was short-lived as Morehead State scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning. The only two errors TSU would commit in the opener came in the inning and led to the final run of the game.
Taylor Green (5-16) tossed 5.2 innings allowing five hits and six walks.
The error bug started right away in the night cap as the Eagles took advantage of two Tiger mishaps for three runs in the top of the first. The Tigers struck back in the bottom of the inning as they scored on two Error Eagles.
Gearlds reached on a fielding error and moved to second on her second stolen base of the day. The sophomore moved to third on a ground out by Richard, and scored when a return throw from first was thrown down the left field line.
The Tigers continued to threaten with a single by Joselynn Yates and a double by Morris, but the rally was halted as the next two batters were retired on a pair of ground outs.
MSU added three unearned runs in the fourth off starter Amber Galyon and six unearned scores in the sixth off reliever Jasmine Matchen.
TSU would put runners on in every inning, but were unable to plate another run over the final five innings.
The two losses extends the TSU winless streak to 18 games, as they are now 9-34 on the season, 2-20 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Eagles improved to 21-19 and 10-8 in conference.
The two teams will close out the three game series on Sunday at Tiger Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00pm and can be heard on tsutigers.com.