Tigers Continue Road Trip at Eastern Kentucky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State continues its final road stretch of the season with a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Eastern Kentucky. The trip to Richmond is the second leg of a five town tour for the Tigers as they look to snap a nine game skid.
The two teams will play a double header on Saturday beginning at 3:00pm CT and a single game on Sunday at 12:00pm CT. All three games can be seen on the OVC Digital Network.
Tennessee State fell to Southeast Missouri State in game one last Saturday, before game two was washed out. UT Martin picked up a sweep of the Tigers on Sunday putting TSU at 2-11 in conference. A midweek non-conference loss at Middle Tennessee has Tennessee State at 9-25 on the season.
Over the last four games, Joselynn Yates is hitting .385 (5-for-13) with a run, a double, a stolen base and two runs batted in. The sophomore third baseman has been perfect in the field with six putouts and 12 assists, most by any Tiger during the stretch. Lauren Dreitlein and Kate Morris have each notched four hits, with one of the double variety for Morris.
Taylor Green has found some of her early season form as she is holding opponents to a .207 batting average in 7.1 innings of work.
Eastern Kentucky (15-22, 5-6)
2014 Record: 29-22
Conference: Ohio Valley
2014 Finish: 15-10
Series Record: 10-58
Last Time Played: 2014, Won 4-1
Last Win: 2014, 4-1
All Ohio Valley Conference selection, Leanna Pittsenbarger leads the Colonels staff with 84.2 innings pitched and has a 7-9 record, 5.53 ERA, four shutouts and has fanned 95 batters. Pittsenberger is joined by Shaylon Robb and Hayley Flynn to handle the majority of the pitching duties. Robb has appeared in 20 games, starting 11, and is 6-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 75.0 innings. Flynn is 2-5 with a 7.28 ERA in 21 appearances, eight starts, and 50.2 innings.
Offensively, EKU sports four batters over .300. Paige Murphy tops the lineup with 34 hits and is hitting at a .324 clip. Murphy also paces the way in runs scored, 32, doubles, seven, and walks, 22. Despite playing in 24 of the Colonels 37 games, Katie Tackett is 20-for-64 (.313) with five home runs. The total is the second highest total on the team. Sarah Fobbs, along with Sarah Jackson (.260), lead the team with six balls on the season. Fobbs also has five double in her 31 hits and is batting .310 with 20 runs batted in. Amber Murray is hitting .305 with 20 runs, five doubles, two dingers and 12 RBI.