NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State dropped the final game of the three-game series with Belmont on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers scored early, but the Bruins stormed back to claim a 5-1 win.
Belmont kept their Ohio Valley Conference playoff chances alive as they improved to 11-13 in conference and 19-32 overall. The Tigers had their current losing streak extended to 10 games as they fell to 10-43, 3-21 in the OVC, heading into the final weekend series of the year.
Joselyn Yates hit the first pitch she saw into right center to score Danica Gleason from second base to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. Gleason reached on an infield single and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Lindsey Burgess.
Belmont responded in their half of the inning to tie the game at 1-1 off starter Erica O’Kane. The freshman hurler was able to limit the Bruins offense, which scored 23 runs on Saturday, to five runs on Sunday. BU added two runs in the third and the fourth to jump ahead 5-1.
O’Kane fell to 2-5 as she was touched for six and issued four walks. The Jasper, Tenn. native went the distance for her third complete game of the year.
Offensively, the Tigers totaled five hits on the day. After the first two hits produced a run in the first, TSU could only amass one true threat. In the third, Courtney Gearlds led off with her fifth double of the season as she ripped a ball down the third base line. Gleason followed with a single to center, but Gearlds was not able to advance.
The Tigers threat was ended with three consecutive outs, which started a stretch of 14 batters to be retired by the Bruins pitching staff. O’Kane snapped the streak with a single through the left side of the infield with two outs in the seventh. Emma Colegrove would popup one batter later to end the game.
TSU travels to Morehead State on May 7 to begin a three-game series to close out the season.