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Games 18 - 22: Leon Smith Classic hosted by Southeast Missouri State
Date: Friday, Mar. 10 - Sun., Mar. 12, 2017
Location: Oxford, Ala.
Venue: Chocolocco Park
Friday, Mar. 10, 2017
Tennessee State (4-13) vs. Missouri State (7-7) - 10:30 a.m.
Tennessee State vs. Alabama A&M (6-11) - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017
Tennessee State vs. Loyola (14-1) - 10:30 a.m.
Tennessee State vs. Valpraiso (6-3) - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017
Tennessee State vs. Samford (6-14) - 3:30 p.m.
2017 Tigers: Tennessee State dropped all four games at the Blues City Classic in Memphis a week ago. The Tigers will enter the weekend looking to snap a six game losing streak as they continue on their 12-game road trip in Oxford, Ala. Senior Danica Gleason and freshman Patton Akers lead the team with a .333 batting average. Gleason tops the Tigers with 16 hits, 10 runs scored, a triple, nine RBI and is tied with Whitney Ennis and Megan Huppee with one home run. The Tigers are ranked 12th in Division I with 2.3 stolen bases per game as they have swiped 40 bases in 44 attempts. Senior Courtney Gearlds and freshman Selena Crafton leads the Tigers with 10 swipes a piece.
Top Statistical Tigers:
Avg.: Patton Akers, Danica Gleason - .333
Runs: Danica Gleason - 10
Hits: Danica Gleason - 16
Doubles: Sarah Snell - 4
Triples: Danica Gleason - 1
Home Runs: Megan Huppee, Whitney Ennis, Danica Gleason - 1
RBI: Danica Gleason - 9
Stolen Bases: Courtney Gearlds, Selena Crafton - 10
ERA: Tori Hart - 4.65
Wins: Tori Hart - 3
Innings Pitched: Tori Hart - 37.2
Strikeouts: Lauren Powell - 27
Scouting Missouri State (7-7)
2016 Record: 22-30
Missouri State enters with a .303 team batting average, which includes five batters hitting over .300. Mary Stephens and Erika Velasquez Zimmer are pacing the Bears each scoring nine runs and batting .405 and .395, respectively. Stephens tops the squad with three doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI. Velasquez Zimmer provides the speed with two triples and six stolen bases. Kaitlin Beason has proven to be the ace appearing in 10 games, starting seven, and tossing 42.2 innings pitched. Beason is holding opponents to a .179 batting average on her way to a 5-3 record, a save, four shutouts and a 1.97 ERA.
Scouting Alabama A&M (6-11)
2016 Record: 12-35
The Bulldogs won a pair of two-run ballgames against TSU at the Tiger Classic during the second week of the season. AAMU will enter with Caitlyn Hayden sitting at 3-5 with a 2.46 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 54.0 innings of work. Tamia Lee-Barbadillo tops the Bulldogs hitting at a .412 clip. Ariel Smith has provided the pop with two home runs and 10 RBI, while batting .273.
Scouting Loyola (14-1)
2016 Record: 21-28
The Ramblers are batting .298 as a team and averaging six runs a game. Alyssa Mannucci leads the team batting .351 and has totaled 12 walks for a .510 on base percentage. Mannucci has four doubles, six runs and is tied for second on the team with 11 RBI. Katie Kasubke has provided the power with five doubles, three dingers and 17 RBI, while batting .348 with 11 runs scored. On the base paths, Erica Nagel has a team high seven stolen bases, while batting .321 and second on the team with 14 runs, behind Shannon McGee (.292) who crossed home plate 15 times. Loyola’s two pitcher staff is holding teams to a .208 average and has a 2.12 team ERA. Kiley Jones is 7-1 with two saves, two shutouts and a 1.80 ERA in 65.0 innings. Jones has fanned 45 batters and has a .176 average against. Keenan Dolezal is 7-0 with a save and has combined with Jones for a shutout. Dolezal has amasses a 2.63 ERA.
Scouting Valparaiso (6-3)
2016 Record: 18-34
A pair of .400 hitters leads the Crusaders. Carly Trepanier has collected 16 hits in 33 at bats for a team leading .485 average. Trepanier has hit two doubles, a triple and a solo home run. Sam Stewart has been a standout through the first nine games this season. Stewart has belted four home runs, along with four doubles, in her 11 hits, which is good for a .458 average. Stewart has produced, scoring 11 runs and driving in 14, both team highs. Ashlyn Montgomery leads the Valpo pitching staff with a 3-1 record and a 2.03 earned run average, while Mackenzie Grossmann is 2-2 with three saves.
Scouting Samford (6-14)
2016 Record: 40-20
Samford relies on Shelby Maze and Madison Couch to set the table for the offense. Maze is batting .459 (34-for-74) with 14 runs scored, while Couch is hitting .326 (22-for-67) with 15 runs. The Bulldogs then look to Abby Sweeney (.286), Abbie Miranda (.276), and Hannah Trombley (.232) to drive in runners as they have totaled nine, 13 and 15 RBIs, respectively. Grey Adams leads the pitching staff at 3-4 with a 3.24 ERA and has struck out 38 batters in 58.1 innings of work.