Tigers Face Lipscomb In Non-Conference Double Header
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State will step out of conference play on Wednesday to face Lipscomb for a double header beginning at 4:30pm. TSU will return to OVC play as they 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 enter the midweek game at 8-13, while Lipscomb brings a 9-14 record. The games are available through Live Stats and can be heard on tsutigers.com.
Last week, the Tigers split with Northern Kentucky on Wednesday evening in a non-conference affair. UNK won the first game 10-4, before the Tigers could claim an 8-4 win to close the night. OVC play began with a 10-0, five inning loss to Tennessee Tech on Saturday. TSU earned a 6-1 win to start Sunday’s play, but the Golden Eagles closed out the weekend, as they began, this time needing six innings for the 10-0 win.
Freshman Amber Glayon highlighted the week for the Tigers in the circle as she tallied her first career win. Galyon retired 16 of the final 19 batters she faced in the victory over Tennessee Tech. Courtney Gearlds led the way at the plate batting .412 (7-for-17), with five runs, a triple, two RBI and three stolen bases.
On the week, Kate Morris moved into fourth all time in RBI and into a tie for sixth in doubles. Lindsey Burgess hit her fifth home run of the season and is now tied for third in the TSU record books.
On the season, TSU boasts three players with a .333 batting average. Courtney Gearlds, Kailey Richard and Lauren Dreitlein all share the lead for the Tigers. Seniors Kate Morris and Tayler Shimizu follow batting .321 and .318, respectively.
Morris has nine doubles on the season, which ranks first in the OVC and her .43 doubles per game ranks her 23rd in the country.
2014 Record: 41-15
Conference: Atlantic Sun
2014 Finish: 18-8
Series Record: 5-12
Last Time Played: 2014, Lost 2-10
Last Win: 2009, 6-5
Lipscomb enters dropping five of its last six games. Offensively, the Bison are led by Brittany Elmore and Paige Neely, who are each batting .324. Elmore leads the team in three offensive categories, runs (16), hits (23) and stolen bases (17). Neely tops the team with nine doubles and is second in hits (22) and runs batted in (10).
Kelly Young and Tanner Sanders have worked all but two of the 146.2 innings tossed by the Bison staff. Young has appeared in 17 games, starting 10, and has a 4-8 record with a 3.26 ERA in 77.1 innings of work. Young has tossed a pair of shutouts, has earned a save and has fanned 75 batters. Sanders has pitched in 14 games with 13 starts and has amassed a 4.26 ERA and is 5-6 with 57 strikeouts in 67.1 innings.