NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Lindsey Burgess blasted a three run home run in the sixth inning of the final game of the day to help Tennessee State earn a split on Sunday afternoon. TSU fell to Loyola 17-2 in five innings before defeating Southern 8-6 on the final day of the Tiger Invitational.
Tennessee State improved to 4-10 on the young season, while southern dropped to 3-7 and Loyola moved to 9-3.
Burgess batted .583 on seven hits in 12 at bats on the weekend and scored four runs and drove in five with a double to go along with the dinger. The senior was named to the All-Invitational team for her performance and was joined by teammates, Lauren Dreitlein and Courtney Gearlds.
Gearlds and Burgess teamed up to put the Tigers on top in the nightcap with a pair of doubles. Gearlds opened the bottom of the first with a drive into right center and scored three batters later as Burgess drove a ball through the left side of the infield.
The Tigers held the 1-0 lead until the fourth as the Jaguars took advantage of three hits and a key Tiger error to plate three runs. TSU would cut into the lead in the bottom half of the frame as pinch hitter Kim Trice laced a double down the left field line to chase home Joselynn Yates who reached on a double of her own.
Southern came right back in the top of the fifth with two unearned runs off starting pitcher Erica O’Kane to increase their lead to 5-2. In the bottom of the fifth, it was the Tigers who took advantage of a pair of Jaguar miscues to even the score at 5-5.
In the sixth, the Tigers used a two-out rally to setup the Burgess heroics. Kasey Cox picked up her second hit of the game to kick-start the run and was followed by a single by Danica Gleason. Burgess then stepped to the plate and hit a laser over the fence in right center to put the Tigers ahead, 8-5. The blast was the 16th of her career.
Lauren Powell earned the win and improved to 2-2 after tossing the final 2.1 innings, surrendering a run on two hits.
In game one, the Tigers took an early 2-1 lead in the second inning on a successful squeeze bunt. Burgess reached on a single and moved to third on a double by Dreitlein. Yates followed with a bunt towards first allowing pinch runner Randi Marshall to score from third. On the play, Dreitlein was able to score all the way from second as the toss home got away from the Ramblers catcher.
The Tigers would be held in check the rest of the game, being limited to one hit over the final 12 batters.
Loyola would reclaim the lead in a big way as they pushed across eight runs in the third inning and continued to pile one with two runs in the fourth and six in the fifth.
Lauren Woodard was tagged with the loss and dropped to 1-6 on the season.
The Tigers will travel to Birmingham, Ala. on Friday, Mar. 4, for a single game with former Ohio Valley Conference foe, Samford. TSU will return home on Sunday, Mar. 6 for a double header against Youngstown State.
The Tigers wore Camouflage Jerseys with White Pants … After 30 at bats, freshman Abi Stephens finally recorded the first hit of her collegiate career - the first year has four doubles and two home runs … Lindsey Burgess is now second on the TSU Career Record list for Home Runs … Caitlin Eaton (2008-11) tops the Home Run list with 21 … Freshman pitcher Erica O’Kane completed the weekend with a 1.31 ERA in 10.2 innings of work.
MVP: Erica Nagel, Loyola
Hannah Jenkins, Loyola
Katie Kasubke, Loyola
Katy LaCivita, Loyola
Lindsey Burgess, TSU
Lauren Dreitlein, TSU
Courtney Gearlds, TSU
Ryann Hollis, Southern
Jamani Greer, Southern
Game Results – Day 2
Game 4: Loyola 11, Southern 2 (5)
Game 5: Loyola 17, Tennessee State 2 (5)
Game 6: Tennessee State 8, Southern 6