NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State dropped both ends of an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader at the hands of Tennessee Tech on Saturday at Tiger Field. The Golden Eagles needed just six innings for a 9-0 win in the opener and closed out the sweep with a 7-4 victory in the nightcap.
TSU fell to 9-23, 1-7 in OVC play, while TTU improved to 12-21, 5-3.
TTU jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Tigers could get a hit off pitcher Danielle Liberatore. The Golden Eagles ace retired the first 10 batters before Patton Akers laced a single to centerfield. Two batters later, Sarah Snell reached on a bunt single to give the Tigers runners on first and second before Liberatore ended the threat.
Liberatore (5-6) earned the win as she struck out 11 batters, while surrendering one walk.
Lauren Powell (4-9) suffered the loss after being touched up for four runs on four hits and three walks in three innings of work. The sophomore pitcher fanned two batters and hit two others.
Erica O’Kane pitched the final three innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks.
In game two, the Tigers took the early lead with three runs in the first. Selena Crafton walked to lead off the inning before stealing her 16th base of the season. Crafton moved to third on an infield single by Danica Gleason, who advanced to second as Crafton drew a throw home.
Sarah Snell executed a squeeze bunt to plate Crafton. On the play, Snell would get in a rundown between first and second, which allowed Gleason to score to make the score 2-0.
The Tigers loaded the bases on an O’Kane single and a TTU miscue off the bat of Emma Colegrove. Abi Stephens put TSU up by three with a single to right to chase home Snell.
Tech would go on the offensive against starter Lauren Woodard, scoring a run in the second and fourth to go along with a four run third to move ahead 6-3.
Woodard would get a run back in the bottom of the fourth as she smashed her first home run in a Tiger uniform over the fence in center, cutting the lead to 6-4.
The Golden Eagles would add an insurance run in the seventh to extend the lead to 7-4 and give Woodard (2-7) her seventh loss of the season. The senior went the distance, allowing seven runs on nine hits and three walks.
Leigh Ellen Thomas improved to 5-8 as she scattered eight hits and a walk.
In the evening session, Kasey Cox led the Tigers at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double, her fifth of the season.
TSU will host Jacksonville State on Sunday afternoon for an OVC doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. at Tiger Field.