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Feb. 19-21 | Tiger Field
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ULM Game Notes | Northern Kentucky Game Notes
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Friday, Feb. 19
TSU vs. Northern Kentucky - 4:00 p.m.
TSU vs. Evansville - 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20
TSU vs. ULM - 11:15 a.m.
TSU vs. East Tennessee State - 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 21
TSU vs. Butler - 4:15 p.m.
2015 Tigers: TSU (1-4) opened the 2016 season with a 10-2 win over Mississippi Valley State at the Lion Classic in Hammond, La. The Tigers would drop their final four games to Buffalo, Nicholls State and a pair to the host team, Southeastern Louisiana. Outfielders Courtney Gearlds and Abi Stephens led the team offensively. Gearlds batted .364 highlighted by a bases clearing triple against MVSU. The junior reached base in four of the five games for a .500 batting average. Stephens collected three hits on the weekend to open her collegiate career. The Bon Aqua, Tenn. native made them all count recording two doubles to go along with her first home run.
Top Statistical Hitters:
Avg.: Courtney Gearlds - .364
Runs: Courtney Gearlds, Joselynn Yates - 3
Hits: Courtney Gearlds - 4
Doubles: Abi Stephens - 2
Triples: Courtney Gearlds - 1
Home Runs: Abi Stephens - 1
RBI: Courtney Gearlds - 4
Stolen Bases: Gearlds, Stephens, Ware, Womack - 1
Scouting Northern Kentucky (0-0)
2015 Record: 6-42
2015 Finish: 1-20 (Atlantic Sun)
Series Record: 1-1
Last Time Played: 2015, Won 8-4
Last Win: 2015, 8-4
The Norse will take to the field for the first time this season with their top four hitters from a year ago which batted .251 as a squad. Dani Devlin leads the charge after batting .347 with 41 hits, 22 runs, seven doubles, 12 home runs and 30 RBI. Kate Bartolovich followed Devlin with a .295 average as she collected 38 hits, 19 runs, eight doubles, two triples and five dingers. UNK also returns the leading scorer from 2015. Sydney Ferrante scored 27 times while hitting .267 with eight doubles and reached base another 20 times by walking. In the circle, Ashlynn Roberts returns as the top pitcher from last season. Roberts finished 4-15 in 29 appearances, 19 starts, while tossing 112.2 innings.
Scouting Evansville (4-1)
2015 Record: 10-45
Conference: Missouri Valley
2015 Finish: 2-23
Series Record: 0-2
Last Time Played: 2000, Lost 1-13
Last Win: NA
Evansville opened the season going 4-1 at the Troy Firehouse Tournament. Danielle Freeman hit .571 (8-of-14) during the opening weekend with four runs, four doubles, a triple, a home run and seven runs batted in. Michal Luckett batted .529 (9-of-17) and scored four runs, while recording five doubles, a triple, a home run and three stolen bases. The Aces relied on their pitching trio led by Amanda Blankenship who started all five games, going 1-0 in her 15.0 innings of work, while fanning 13 batters. Emily Lockhart recorded decisions in all three of her appearances. Lockhart earned a 2.16 ERA as she improved to 2-1 tossing 8.1 innings. Morgan Florey made the most of her four appearances recording 22 strikeouts in 12.1 innings of work. Florey enters at 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA.
Scouting ULM (4-2)
2015 Record: 30-22
Conference: Sun Belt
2015 Finish: 10-12
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Time Played: NA
Last Win: NA
ULM got off to a hot start last weekend scoring 45 runs in six games and teamed for a .340 batting average. McKinley Marks topped the Warhawks by hitting .538 (7-for-13) and scored three runs, as she ripped a double and a home run for five RBI. Rochelle Roberts produced a .438 (7-of-16) helping the ULM offense, while touching home plate seven times and led the team with eight stolen bases. Melanie Coyne was the workhorse last week working 21 innings, finishing 2-1 with 17 strikeouts and 2.33 ERA. Katlynn Kaminski served as a strong one-two punch as she picked up a win in a complete game shutout in her lone start.
Scouting East Tennessee State (0-2)
2015 Record: 15-33
Conference: Southern Conference
2015 Finish: 3-15
Series Record: 3-0
Last Time Played: 2014, Won 3-2
Last Win: 2014, 3-2
ETSU could only manage two games to open the season due to the cold weather in Kennesaw, Ga. a week ago. Jennine Duncan batted .429, while Taylor Carter hit .400 with a double and a solo home run. Four members of the Bucs staff combined for 13 innings, with neither tossing more than 3.2 innings. The teamed for a 3.77 ERA while allowing opponents to a .320 batting average.
Scouting Butler (2-2)
2015 Record: 24-27
Conference: Big East
2015 Finish: 9-12
Series Record: 1-4
Last Time Played: 2013, Lost 3-7
Last Win: 2002, 9-1
Butler received a strong start from Brandyce Sallee, Kaitlin Doud and Alyssa Lach. Sallee went 6-for-12 at the plate, batting .500 with three doubles, four RBI and two stolen bases. Doud finished 5-for-11 for a .455 average with a triple and three RBI. Alyssa Lach added a .429 average (6-for-14) as she collected a double and three RBI. In the circle, Kristin Gutierrez finished 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA in two starts. Gutierrez struck out eight batters in her 12 innings of work.