Tigers Senior Day Spoiled by Belmont
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State dropped both ends of a double header to Belmont to close out the 2015 season. The Bruins bats came alive late in game one for a 6-2 victory and continued in game two as the posted a 12-4 six inning win.
The Tigers and the Bruins were engaged in an old fashion pitcher’s duel between Amber Galyon and Katie Clancy. TSU struck first with a two-out rally in the second inning. Tayler Shimizu would get into scoring position with a walk and her eighth stolen base of the year. Cariona Hassell delivered a single into right center to bring home Shimizu for a 1-0 lead.
Belmont would even the score in the top of the third as Kayla Wells tripled home Amanda Criscione. The score would remain the same as the teams entered the seventh inning.
Galyon held the Bruins to five hits through the first six innings, while fanning three batters. BU would catch fire and touch up Galyon for five runs on six hits to take a 6-1 advantage.
Clancy would give one back in the seventh as Hassell grounded out to score pinch runner Chelsea Buchanan, who came on to run for Lauren Dreitlein who opened the inning with a double.
Clancy (2-6) earned the win by holding TSU to two runs on six hits and a walk. Glayon took the loss and is finished her rookie campaign at 2-15.
Belmont picked right up where they left off as they collected nine runs eight hits and three walks in the top of the first inning. The Tigers responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. After Courtney Gearlds scored on a fielding error, Joselynn Yates drove home Kailey Richard for the second run for the Tigers.
Lindsey Burgess drove in Dreitlein and Yates with a two-out single to center cutting the deficit to 9-4. Neither starting pitcher made it out of the first inning.
Jasmine Matchen would hold the Bruins down until an unearned run in the fifth inning. BU would break through against Matchen with two runs to increase its lead to 12-4.
Belmont reliever, Taylor Moon, held the Tigers scoreless the rest of the way on three hits and one walk. Moon earned the win to improve to 5-15, while Taylor Green fell to 7-18.
Wells finished 7-for-9 on the day for Belmont with four runs and four runs batted in.
The Tigers finished with an 11-37 record, 4-22 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Bruins completed the year at 13-32, 8-16 in conference.