Matchen's Six Scoreless Innings Not Enough, Fall Twice at Jacksonville State
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The Tennessee State softball team entered its Ohio Valley Conference series looking to get back in the race as they took on the first place Gamecocks of Jacksonville State. The Tigers received a great performance from relief pitcher Jasmine Matchen, but it was too late as JSU took both ends of the double header, 10-0 in five innings and 4-0.
With the Gamecocks up 9-0 in the third inning of the opener, Matchen entered with no outs and a runner on first. The junior transfer worked her way through the inning, but not before the tenth run of the game would make its way home.
Matchen completed the fourth inning without allowing JSU to score for the first time on the day. Matchen finished the game surrendering two hits and a walk, while fanning two in two innings.
The Hopkinsville, Ky. native continued her hot trend in game two as she entered to begin the third inning with the Tigers trailing 4-0. Matchen tossed the final four innings, scattering three hits and two hit batters, as she struck out two more Gamecocks on the afternoon.
Taylor Green was tagged with the loss in game one, falling to 5-9. Amber Galyon suffered the loss in the night cap and is now 2-7.
Offensively, the Tigers were held to five hits in each game. Danica Gleason led the way in game one with a pair of singles in as many at bats. Kailey Richard, Joselynn Yates and Tayler Shimizu all pitched in with 1-for-2 outings.
TSU threatened to score with two runners on in the third and fifth, but were unable to generate the clutch hit to push a run across.
Kate Morris led the way in the late game going 1-for-2, while Yates, Lindsey Burgess and Gleason all finished 1-for-3.
JSU remained undefeated in conference play at 6-0 and is 22-8 on the season. TSU drops to 2-7 in the OVC and 9-20 overall.
The final game of the series begins at 1:00pm on Sunday at University Field. Live stats and audio broadcast for the game can be found on tsutigers.com