NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State scored six runs in the top of the first inning on Tuesday afternoon to earn a win over Edward Waters. The Tigers improved to 7-15 as they picked up an 8-3 victory.
TSU sent 11 batters to plate in the first inning and took advantage of five hits and two walks to build their lead. Courtney Gearlds opened the inning with a walk and stole second opening the way for an infield single by Danica Gleason.
Gearlds became the first Tiger to cross home plate in the game as she scored from second on a double to left field by Abi Stephens. The two-bagger is the sixth of the season, and career, for Stephens. Gleason would touch home a batter later, as Lindsey Burgess ripped a ball down the third base line, making the score 2-0.
The Tigers earned another run as Stephens scored on a ground out by Lauren Woodard and extended the lead to 4-0 as Burgess beat the throw home on a Lauren Dreitlein fielder’s choice.
TSU would then load the bases on the first of four hits by Emma Colegrove and a walk to Maddi Clark. Gearlds would take advantage of the opportunity with a double to left center, plating Dreitlein and Colegrove for the fifth and sixth runs.
The score would remain 6-0 till the top of the sixth inning as EWC started to cut into the Tigers lead. Edward Waters (5-20) tallied three runs with the use of four hits and a TSU error to get back in the game at 6-3.
The Tigers wasted no time answering to the comeback with two runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Erica O’Kane reached on an error and advanced to third on a Dreitlein single. The senior would advance to second as EWC attempted to throw O’Kane out at third.
Colegrove closed out her best day as a Tiger with a two-run single to center, completing a perfect day at the plate, 4-for-4.
O’Kane secured the win from the circle as she tossed five innings of relief to earn the win and improve to 2-2.
TSU will travel to Atlanta on Wednesday to face Georgia Tech in a non-conference double header, before starting Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday.