NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A perfect night at the plate for senior Lauren Dreitlein could not help Tennessee State get past Middle Tennessee on Wednesday evening at Tiger Field. The Blue Raiders needed a single run to claim a 1-0 victory to improve to 18-16 and push the TSU (7-26) losing streak to 11.
Freshman pitcher Lauren Powell held the Blue Raiders scoreless for the first three innings before surrendering a run in the fourth. Powell (3-7) was tagged with the loss as she scattered four hits and a walk while fanning three in four innings of work.
Lauren Woodard tossed the final three innings holding MT scoreless on two hits.
MT pitcher Kelci Cheney (12-9) shutout the Tigers for the second time in consecutive weeks, allowing five hits and a walk, while striking out six.
The Tigers threatened first with back-to-back one-out singles in the bottom of the second. Emma Colegrove collected the Tigers first hit of the contest and moved to second on the first of Dreitlein’s three hits of the night. But TSU was not able to advance the runners any further.
After the Blue Raiders scored their run in the top of the fourth, the Tigers tried to answer in their half of the inning. Lindsey Burgess opened the frame with a knock and moved into scoring position two batters later on Dreitlein’s second base knock. Once again the Tigers were not able to take advantage and stranded a pair of runners.
TSU would have a runner reach in each of the final two innings, but a pair of base running miscues and any chance of a comeback.
The Tigers will return to Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday as they host Jacksonville State for a pair of games beginning at 1:00 p.m. The series will conclude with a single game on Sunday with the Gamecocks, first pitch set for 1:00 p.m.