Tiger Softball Prepares For a Pair of OVC Double Headers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State returns to Ohio Valley Conference play after dropping both ends of a non-conference double header on Wednesday to Lipscomb. The Tigers host Austin Peay for two games on Saturday, Mar. 21, before hitting the road to face Murray State in a double dip on Sunday, Mar. 22.
The Tigers are 1-2 in conference play, 8-15 overall. Austin Peay sits at 2-14, 1-2 in the OVC, while Murray State enters a Saturday twin bill with Belmont at 13-9, 1-2. The games are available through Live Stats and can be heard on tsutigers.com.
TSU has six batters hitting over .300 and are batting .281 as a team, while averaging four runs a game. Freshman Kailey Richard leads the team at .333 (21-for-63) with 10 runs, five doubles and a home run. Richard is tied with Lindsey Burgess with 12 runs batted in to lead the squad. Burgess, batting .259, has scored the most runs for the Tigers with 18 and has powered five home runs.
Courtney Gearlds has the most hits on the team with 25 in 77 at bats for a .325 average. The sophomore is the biggest threat on the base paths with 10 stolen bases and has crossed home plate 14 times.
Austin Peay (2-14, 1-2)
2014 Record: 20-32
Conference: Ohio Valley
2014 Finish: 8-18
Series Record: 25-38
Last Time Played: 2014, Won 12-11
Last Win: 2014, 12-11
Christina Gable tops the APSU offense with 17 hits, 13 runs, 16 RBI and a .370 batting average. Laurel Burroughs leads with 16 steals and is just behind Gable with 16 hits, 12 runs, 11 RBI and is hitting at a .356 clip.
Allie Blackwood and Natalie Ayala have each recorded wins for the Governors. Blackwood (1-2) has a 7.50 earned run average with 13 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. Ayala (1-6) has fanned 12 batters in 35.1 while amassing an 8.52 ERA.
Murray State (13-9, 1-2)
2014 Record: 32-23
Conference: Ohio Valley
2014 Finish: 16-9
Series Record: 2-9
Last Time Played: 2014, Lost 1-8
Last Win: 2013, 5-3
The Racers are hitting .306 as a team and features five batters over .300. Jessica Twaddle leads MSU with a .429 average and is followed by Taylor Odom at .360. Alexa Becker (.348) and Shelby Miller (.292) lead Murray State with 20 runs, while Maggie Glass (.303) tops the RBI (20) and home run (7) list.
In the circle, Mason Robinson and CheyAnne Gaskey lead the pitching staff tossing all but 15 innings. Mason is 7-2 with a 2.77 ERA, one shutout, 45 walks and 42 strikeouts in 68.1 innings of work. Gaskey is 6-5 with a save, a 3.19 ERA, 57 punch outs and 34 walks in 59.1 innings.