MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Tennessee State accomplished an offensive explosion on Thursday afternoon as the earned a split at Alabama State. The Tigers collected 13 hits as they outscored the Hornets 8-0 in six innings, before the ASU returned the favor in the night cap, 11-4.
Lauren Dreitlein led the attack finishing 4-for-8 on the day, including her second home run of the season. In the Circle, Lauren Woodard shined as she earned her first shutout of her TSU career by scattering eight hits and two walks.
The Tigers used three hits to load the bases in the second inning and received a walk by Whitney Ennis to push Lindsey Burgess across home plate for the early lead. Courtney Gearlds looked to add to the advantage as she ripped a 1-2 pitch down the third base line. The Hornets had other ideas as third baseman Kendall Core snagged the would be extra base hit and tagged out Lauren Dreitlein on the play for an inning ending double play.
TSU would add to the 1-0 lead as Dreitlein hammered a solo shot over the left field fence in the fourth. The blast was the second of the season for the senior designated player.
The Tigers were not finished in their half of the frame as Whitney Ennis delivered the first of her two hits to start a two-out rally. The junior was lifted in favor of Robin Dickey, as Gearlds came back to the plate. The junior centerfielder battled ASU pitcher Maddie Phelps for seven pitches before driving a ball into right center for her third triple of the season, scoring Dickey on the play.
The score remained 3-0 until the top of the sixth when the Tigers jumped on the Hornets for five runs on five hits. Burgess and Dreitlein opened the inning with back-to-back singles chasing Phelps from the game. Charlene Castro entered the circle and proceeded to hit Carionna Hassell to load the bases once again for Ennis. The catcher would once again deliver with a shot down the left field line, plating Burgess and Dreitlein to extend the lead to 5-0.
Still with no outs, Gearlds stepped to the plate and drove a ball through the middle of the infield, scoring pinch runner Chelsea Buchanan and Ennis to increase the lead to 7-0.
The Tigers scored its final run of the game three batters later as Gearlds crossed the plate on a Woodard ground out. With the win, Woodard improved to 2-8.
TSU struck first in game two as they scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Abi Stephens walked and Burgess was hit by a pitch to begin another two out rally. Dreitlein and Yates followed with back-to-back singles to drive in Stephens and Burgess, respectively.
The second was more of the same as Emma Colegrove opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a one-out walk to Danica Gleason. Stephens would make the score 4-0 as she ripped a 0-2 pitch into left center chasing home Gleason and pinch runner Rea Sylvester.
The Hornet pitching staff would settle in and hold the Tigers to just one hit, a Gearlds single, the rest of the way.
ASU would take advantage of its pitching performance as they gained the lead in the third with five runs.
The Hornets continued to pull away with three runs in the fifth and yet again in the sixth.
Lauren Powell was tagged with the loss in relief of Erica O’Kane.
TSU will return for a three game home stand beginning with a double header against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday, Mar. 13. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. CT.