NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State dropped a pair of games on day two of the 2016 Tiger Classic. The Tigers lost a heart breaker to the University of Louisiana Monroe, 4-3, in the opener and dropped game two, 9-1, to East Tennessee State.
TSU falls to 2-7, while ULM improved to 8-2 and ETSU moved to 3-3
In game one, the Tigers trailed 1-0 headed into their first at bat of the day. Courtney Gearlds would get things going with a leadoff single and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. The junior outfielder would remain 120-feet away from home until Joselynn Yates delivered a two out single up the middle to plate Gearlds, tying the game at 1-1.
The Tigers tried to continue the two-out rally as Lindsey Burgess reached after being hit with a pitch. Lauren Dreitlein then followed with a hard shot up the middle sending Yates in a mad dash for home. The redshirt junior avoided the tag by the Warhawks catcher, but was tagged out when it was deemed she did not touch the plate, ending the Tigers threat.
TSU continued its attack in the second inning as Kim Trice opened the inning with a single to center. Pinch runner Randi Marshall advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Whitney Ennis and scored three batters later on a single off the bat of Danica Gleason for a 2-1 lead.
ULM answered the TSU score in the next half inning, as they pushed across a pair of runs to take a 3-2 lead.
The Warhawks added another run in the sixth, which came in handy as TSU attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh. Kierra Ware earned her first hit of her career in a pinch hit appearance to open the frame. Two batters later Ware would bring the Tigers to within one as Gearlds laced a triple into centerfield.
The comeback would stall as the Warhawks were able to retire the final two Tigers.
Lauren Woodard (1-3) was tagged with the loss as she surrendered three runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings of work. Lauren Powell tossed the final 3.1 innings, allowing just one run on one hit and three walks.
In game two, the Tigers found themselves trailing ETSU 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning. Erica O’Kane reached on a one out walk and scored from first on a two out double to right center by Savannah Womack. The extra base hit was the first of the junior’s career.
The run would be the only one the Tigers could produce against the Bucs pitching staff, as they were held to two hits in the game.
ETSU sandwiched a run in the third and in the fifth around a three spot in the fourth to shorten the game to a five inning victory.
Erica O’Kane suffered her first loss of her career giving up five runs in three innings. Woodard tossed the final two innings in relief, giving up four runs, two earned.
The final day of the Tiger Classic begins tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. Tennessee State close out the tournament with a 4:15 p.m. showdown with Butler.
Notes: TSU wore their camouflage jerseys with white pants … Courtney Gearlds scored a run in game one to move into a tie for ninth all-time at TSU; she is now tied with Tanecia Echols (1995-98) … The Tigers collected five hits in the first two innings of game one, matching the total of the two Friday night games, combined.
Tiger Classic Day 2 Results:
Game 7 – ULM 4, Tennessee State 3
Game 8 – East Tennessee State 9, Tennessee State 1 (5)
Game 9 – East Tennessee State 5, Northern Kentucky 4
Game 10 – ULM 15, Evansville 0 (5)
Game 11 – Evansville 3, Butler 2