JACKSON, Miss. --- Tennessee State used a seven run second inning to claim a win in the 2017 season opener. The Tigers needed just five innings to get by Jarvis Christian 9-0 in the first game of the Jackson State Tournament.
The second frame began with Selena Crafton reaching on a fielder’s choice and Courtney Gearlds earning a walk. The Tigers bats came alive as Sarah Snell, Reese Weber and Gleason would string together three consecutive doubles. Crafton scored off of Snell’s drive to right center before Weber would chase home Gearlds and Snell with a line drive to left center. Weber was on the scoring end of Gleason’s shot to the gap in left center giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead.
The inning continued with the Tigers pulling off a double-steal with Megan Huppee swiping second while Gleason crossed home plate. Huppee would touch home plate two batters later as Abi Stephens lifted a sacrifice fly to left to extend the TSU advantage to 8-0.
The final run of the inning came three batters later as Gearlds was hit by a pitch with bases loaded to force in Kasey Cox who reached on an error. Gearlds has now been plunked 30 times in her career.
TSU jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Crafton earned her first career hit and stolen base. Gearlds followed with her own single and stole second giving the Tigers runners on second and third. After a Weber walk to load the bases, Gleason collected her first hit of the day with a single down the leftfield line forcing Crafton and Gearlds home.
Gleason paced the way for TSU at the plate finishing 4-for-4 in the Tigers nine hit attack. The senior finished with two doubles and three runs batted in on the afternoon.
Lauren Powell earned the win in the circle after tossing three innings of scoreless ball. Powell gave up one hit, issued a walk and hit one batter, while striking out four.
Tori Hart tossed the final two innings and surrendered two hits in her collegiate debut.
The Tigers will face Ohio Valley Conference opponent Southeast Missouri on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. before facing tournament host, Jackson State, at 3:00 p.m.