Tigers Travel to Eastern Illinois, SIUE For Final Road Trip
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State softball team looks to snap a 12 game losing streak as they take to the road for the final time this season. The Tigers, in the midst of an eight game road trip, opens on Saturday with an Ohio Valley Conference double header with Eastern Illinois (14-22, 9-8). TSU will close out the weekend with a pair of games at conference leading SIUE (33-9, 14-3).
The Tigers head into the weekend hoping to keep its OVC Tournament chances alive. TSU six games out of the final spot with 10 games to play.
The twin bill with Eastern Illinois can be heard on tsutigers.com beginning on Saturday at 12:50pm CT, while the SIUE games can be seen on the OVC Digital Network at 1:00pm CT on Sunday.
The bats came alive for Tennessee State (9-28, 2-14) last weekend as they hit five home runs during the series at Eastern Kentucky. Junior Lindsey Burgess led the way with two, including a blast to tie game three 1-1 in the top of the seventh inning. Burgess now has seven long balls on the season and 14 in her career, placing her second in the TSU single season record books and third on the career list.
Kate Morris, Kailey Richard and Lauren Dreitlein all left the yard as well. All five were solo shots for TSU.
Joselynn Yates led the Tigers offensively through the week as she reached base at least twice and recorded hits in all four games on the week; three coming as multi-hit performances. Yates finished the week 7-for-12 at the plate (.583) with a double and walked twice for a .643 on base percentage.
Morris continues to climb the record books in her final season as a Tiger. The Lawrenceburg, Tenn., native is fourth on the career RBI list, sixth in hits and doubles, as well as eighth in walks and fifth in games played, games started and at bats.
Eastern Illinois (14-22, 9-8)
2014 Record: 38-17
Conference: Ohio Valley
2014 Finish: 15-10
Series Record: 11-38
Last Time Played: 2014, Lost 0-2
Last Win: 2009, 11-6
The Panthers look to Bailey O’Dell as its key offensive threat. The senior is batting .359 while leading EIU in hits (42), runs (27), doubles (9), home runs (9) and RBI (32). Fellow senior Hannah Cole leads all Panthers at .360 and has scored 19 runs with eight doubles, five home runs and 19 RBI. April Markowski (.336) has shown pop with eight doubles and three bombs, but is also a threat on the base paths with a team leading nine stolen bases.
Jessica Wireman is 7-10 on the season and is coming off a no-hit performance at UT Martin last weekend. Wireman has a 4.07 ERA with two saves and 69 strikeouts in 105.0 innings. Michelle Rogers leads the EIU pitching staff with 19 starts and has a record of 6-11 with a 4.21 ERA. Rogers has fanned 56 batters in 101.1 innings of work.
SIUE (33-9, 14-3)
2014 Record: 30-23
Conference: Ohio Valley
2014 Finish: 19-5
Series Record: 2-8
Last Time Played: 2014, Lost 1-2
Last Win: 2012, 4-1
The Tigers will face the OVC leading Cougars a day after they play a conference double header with Belmont. SIUE is led by the conference’s top pitching tandem of Haley Chambers (1.40) and Baylee Douglass (1.97). Chambers has a lead leading 19 wins against four losses and has one save. The junior has tossed 16 complete games and has struck out 223 batters in 155.1 innings, an average of 10.05 per game. Douglass is 13-4 on the season with four saves and has fanned 119 hitters in 110.0 innings. The duo has walked just 54 batters between the two of them.
Chambers, Rebecca Gray and Jordan Lafave top an offense which hits .290 as a team, averages over five runs a game and has 59 doubles, eight triple, 28 home runs and 55 stolen bases. Gray tops the squad hitting at a .387 clip and swiping 13 bags. Chambers (.385) provides pop with 10 doubles, two triples and seven long balls, while leading SIUE with 32 runs and 32 runs batted in. Lafave is batting .348 for the Cougars and has scored 21 times with seven doubles, two triples, four dingers and 27 RBI.