MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- Tennessee State dropped its third consecutive game at the Blues City Classic in a five inning, 10-2, defeat at the hands of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Tigers are now 4-12, while UAPB improved to 4-14.
TSU was held in check offensively, as Kasey Cox and Erica O’Kane were the lone Tigers to collect hits on the night.
Cox delivered a two out shot down the third base line to plate Kim Trice and O’Kane to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second. The inning began with Sarah Snell earning a walk, but the freshman was cut down trying to steal second base. The Tigers continued to attack as Trice earned a walk and O’Kane delivered the first hit of the game for the Big Blue. The two runners advanced 60 feet on a wild pitch, setting the scene for Cox.
UAPB answered back with three unearned runs in the bottom of the third. The Golden Lions bookended a pair of Tiger miscues and two hit batters with singles to take a 3-2 lead.
UAPB continued to pull away from the Tigers as they added three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Trice earned her second walk of the game in the fourth, which marked the last base runner for the Tigers over the final three innings.
Lauren Powell (1-5) suffered the loss after giving up eight runs, five earned, on eight hits, a walk and two hit batters, while striking out six in 4.1 innings of work.
The Tigers look to snap a five game skid as they close out play at the Blues City Classic on Sunday with a pair of games. A rematch with Wright State is set for 11:15 a.m., followed by a meeting with the host, Lady Tigers of Memphis at 1:30 p.m.