Rain Delay, SIUE Stop Tigers
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Rain interrupted play on Sunday afternoon as Tennessee State attempted to play an Ohio Valley Conference double header with SIUE. When it was all said and done, the Cougars claimed an 8-2 victory in the only game to be played on the day.
The tarp stayed on the field, pushing the start of the game back 43 minutes. SIUE wasted no time getting an advantage with two unearned runs off starter Taylor Green. The Cougars added to its lead as they scored four times in the third as the rain picked up.
Still in the third, with runners on second and third with one out, Green was having issues holding on to the ball and fell behind 3-1. At that point the umpires removed the players and started a rain delay lasting just over three hours.
When the game resumed, Amber Galyon took to the circle in relief of Green, and would retire the first two batters she faced to get the Tigers out of the jam.
TSU used the break to get rejuvenated and cut into the SIUE lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. Courtney Gearlds opened the inning getting hit by a pitch and scored as Kailey Richard drove a ball into the gap in left center for a double. The two-bagger was the seventh of the season for the freshman.
Three batters later, the Tigers made the score 6-2 as Lindsey Burgess shot a ball through the right side of the infield to plate Richard. The run batted in was a team leading 20th of the season for the junior.
The Cougars would stop the Tigers run and add on a pair of runs in the sixth for the final advantagte.
Taylor Green was tagged with the loss and is now 5-14.
Tennessee State falls to 9-31 on the season and 2-17 in the OVC. SIUE remains in first place as they improved to 35-10, 16-4 in conference play.
The Tigers will close out the season with a seven game home stand. Morehead State will be the first to visit the friendly confines of Tiger Field on Saturday, Apr. 25.