Tigers Fall In OVC Opener
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The home double header to open Ohio Valley Conference versus Tennessee Tech was turned into a single game due to the potential of rain. The Tigers dropped a 10-0 contest in five innings to the visiting Golden Eagles.
TSU fell to 7-11 on the season and 0-1 in the OVC, while TTU improved to 12-10, 1-0.
Tech’s hurler, Danielle Liberatore, controlled the Tigers, allowing two hits and a walk as she fanned seven batters. Liberatore improved to 7-5 on the season.
Courtney Gearlds and Tayler Shimizu claimed the two hits off the TTU pitcher. Gearlds earned her knock to lead off the first, but was stranded on the first. Shimizu led off the third with a single to center, but was left on second after her fourth stolen base of the year.
Lauren Dreitlein was the only other Tiger to reach base. The junior college transfer earned a walk in her second plate appearance, to lead off the fourth.
TTU wasted no time jumping in front with five runs in the first. Tech took advantage of four hits and two Tiger errors to take the commanding lead. Anji Sakamoto opened the game with her first of two doubles. Olivia Bennett followed with a double to plate Sakamoto for the first run of the game.
Tech extended its lead to 7-0 in the second as Bennett drove a ball over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run. The Golden Eagles added a three spot in the fourth to provide the final margin.
Taylor Green fell to 5-4 on the year as she tossed all five innings. The junior surrendered seven earned runs, while picking up three strikeouts.
The two teams will close out the series on Sunday with a double dip beginning at 1:00pm at Tiger Field. Live stats and an audio broadcast for the game can be found on tsutigers.com.