Big Inning Dooms Tigers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State entered the seventh inning of Saturday’s final game tied with UT Martin looking to snap a seven game losing streak. The Skyhawks were not willing participants as they exploded for seven runs to claim a 9-2 win over the Tigers and complete a sweep after a 6-1 win in game one.
Tennessee State is currently in 12th in the Ohio Valley Conference at 2-11 and is 9-24 overall. UT Martin jumped to third in the conference at 8-5 and is 20-16 on the year.
UTM notched a run in the second, third and fourth innings to take an early 3-0 lead off starter Amber Galyon. In the fifth inning, the Tigers cut into the Skyhwaks lead as Cameron Anderson registered the first hit of her career with a pinch hit single to bring home Lindsey Burgess.
UT Martin responded with a run in the sixth added tacked on two more in the seventh for the final, 6-1. Galyon fell to 2-10 after surrendering four runs on six hits and a walk. Jasmine Matchen pitched the final two innings and was touched for two runs on two hits and a walk.
In the night cap, the teams traded runs in the opening frame. Danica Gleason led off the bottom half of the first with an infield single and wound up at third one pitch later. The sophomore transfer stole second base and advanced 60-feet as the throw from UTM catcher Renate Meckl sailed into centerfield.
Three batters later, Joselynn Yates slipped a ball through the left side of the infield allowing Gleason to score and even the score at 1-1.
The Tigers would take the lead in the third as Burgess led off with a walk and proceeded to steal second base. After advancing to third on an error off the bat of Kate Morris, Burgess would make her way home on an RBI single to right by Cariona Hassell.
UTM tied the game in the fourth with a run off starter Taylor Green. The junior hurler tossed the first six innings holding the visitors to two runs, one earned, by scattering three hits and three walks.
The Skyhawks used a grand slam by Kenzi Tate to ignite the seven run attack. Green suffered the loss and is now 5-10.
Matchen entered half way through the seventh and finished with two runs on two hits and two walks in 0.2 innings.
The Tigers will travel to Murfreesboro on Tuesday for a single game with Middle Tennessee beginning at 6:00pm.