Tigers Gain Split With Northern Kentucky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Due to rainfall in the Nashville area, the Tennessee State softball team had to wait an extra day to face the University of Northern Kentucky. The teams split a double header on Wednesday afternoon at Tiger Field, with the Norse grabbing a 10-4 win in the opener and the Tigers securing the nightcap, 8-4. TSU improved to 7-11 on the season, while Northern Kentucky moved to 1-11.
In game one, the Tigers scored first as Kate Morris drove a ball through the left side of the infield to score Kailey Richard, for a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. The Norse tied the game in the top of the fifth a run of its own.
TSU wasted no time regaining the lead as Richard singled to center in the bottom of the inning to plate Danica Gleason. Morris would help the Tigers increase the lead to 4-1 with a two-run double off the centerfield fence.
The three RBI for Morris moved her into fourth on the TSU career list with 65. The senior passed Adrienne Sweat who wore blue from 1998-2001.
The Tiger lead would vanish quickly as UNK exploded for five runs in the sixth and piled on to a 6-4 lead with four more runs in the seventh. Jasmine Matchen (1-2) was tagged with the loss as she tossed six innings.
The Norse continued its hot hitting in game two, as they scored three runs to open the game. The Tigers were up to the task, as they answered with three runs in their half of the inning. Joselynn Yates powered a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left center for her first home run as a Tiger. The three-run blast brought home Lauren Dreitlein and Morris, who began a two-out rally with back-to-back singles just in front of Yates drive.
With the Tigers trailing 4-3 in the fourth, Lindsey Burgess hit a laser over the fence in left center to even the score. The dinger is the juniors fifth of the season, matching her total from a year ago. The round tripper moves her into a tie for third on the career list with Brittany Webb (2008-11) and Leena Worrell (2005-06).
TSU would take the lead in the fifth with an RBI single by Richard and a sacrifice fly from Dreitlein. The Tigers picked up a couple of insurance runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Courtney Gearlds and Richard.
The final lead by Tennessee State would be held by Taylor Green who pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn the win. Green (5-3) held the Norse scoreless on two hits and a walk, while striking out two.
TSU mounted a 12 hit attack in the evening session as Gearlds, Richard, Dreitlein, Morris and Danica Gleason all notched two hits. Morris knocked a double in game two, giving her two on the day and a team leading eight on the season.
The Tigers will open Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday, Mar. 14 as they host Tennessee Tech. The two teams will play a twin bill on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. Both days will begin at 1:00pm. Full coverage can be found on tsutigers.com.