Green Fires Two-Hit Shutout, Tigers Snap 18-Game Slide
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Taylor Green recorded the first shutout of the season for Tennessee State and helped snap an 18 game losing streak. The Tigers earned a 4-0 win over Morehead State on Sunday afternoon to close out a three game series at Tiger Field.
The 18 game slide was the longest for the Tigers since they lost 27 consecutive games from 1998-1999. The ’98 season ended with 19 losses and continued for the first eight games in ’99. TSU later went on to lose 17 straight in the ’99 season.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 10-34, 3-20 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eagles are now 21-20, 10-9 in conference.
Green controlled the Eagles from the start and did not yield a hit until Katie Raile to lead off the fifth inning. Raile beat out an infield hit, but was stranded at second to end the inning. Raile finished the day 2-for-2 with a walk and was the only Eagle to record a knock off Green.
The junior pitcher improved to 6-16 on the season as she scattered two hits and four walks, while fanning two batters.
The Tigers would score all they would need in the bottom half of the second inning. Kate Morris led off the frame with the first of three walks on the day and moved to second on a ground out by Lauren Dreitlein. Lindsey Burgess followed with hard single up the middle, chasing home Morris and collecting her team leading 21st RBI of the season.
TSU would add three insurance runs in the fifth as they sent nine batters to the plate. Burgess started the inning with another hard shot up the middle and advanced 60 feet as Tayler Shimizu shot a ball through the right side of the infield.
The Tigers would play station-to-station as Chelsea Buchanan laid down a sacrifice to move the runners into scoring position. Danica Gleason followed with a slow grounder back to starting pitcher Mackenzie Grossman. Burgess would break for home and snuck her hand onto the plate with a head first slide, just beating the toss home.
Courtney Gearlds continued the inning with a bunt single to load the bases with one out. Two pitches later Shimizu scampered home as Grossman uncorked a wild pitch to extend the TSU lead to 3-0. That would be the last pitch for the starter and left in favor of reliever Megan Tymorek.
With the bases loaded once again, and two outs, Morris collected her final walk of the game, bringing home Gearlds for the final run of the game.
Grossman (12-8) was tagged for the loss despite holding the Tigers to four hits and two walks with one strike out.
TSU will step out of conference for the final time on Wednesday as they host Middle Tennessee. First pitch is set for 6:00pm and can be heard on tsutigers.com.