CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State picked up a win in the opener for back-to-back wins for the first time this season, before Austin Peay came back to earn a split in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers claimed game one 7-4 and dropped the nightcap 8-6.
Joselynn Yates picked up where she left off yesterday. After delivering the game-ending double to secure the Tigers first conference win of the season, Yates belted a grand slam in her first plate appearance to give TSU a 4-0 in the first inning.
The Governors scored four runs of their own in the third to even the score, 4-4. The Tigers bounced back to regain the lead with two in the fourth. Danica Gleason shot a ball down the first base line to plate Maddi Clark and Courtney Gearlds putting TSU in front for good.
In the seventh, Kim Trice hammered her first collegiate home run to provide an insurance run, making the score 7-4.
Lauren Woodard was ticketed with the win after entering in the fourth inning in relief of Erica O’Kane. Woodard tossed the final four innings and held the Govs scoreless on two hits and a walk, while striking out three.
In game two, the Tigers used three extra base hits and a single to score four runs in the second inning to once again grab an early lead. Whitney Ennis opened the inning with a double and scored three batters later on an Abi Stephens double. Lindsey Burgess supplied the big hit with a three-run bomb down the left field line to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
APSU would get within one with three runs in the fourth off starter Lauren Powell. But the freshman would close the door as she retired the final two batters in the fourth with runners on second and third.
The Govs finally got to Powell with three runs in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. But, the Tigers responded in the top of the seventh as Burgess hit her second dinger of the game, this time a two-run blast over the batters eye in center to tie the game at 6-6.
The bomb was the third of the year for Burgess and the 18th of her career.
Woodard, who entered to register the final out of the sixth, surrendered a pinch hit two-run game-ending home run to Savannah Oliver. The junior pitcher earned her second decision of the day as she dropped to 3-18 on the year.
The Tigers ended the weekend at 9-32 on the season and 2-12 in Ohio Valley Conference play. APSU moved to 6-25, 2-12 in conference play.