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Games 5-9: Chattanooga Challenge
Date: Friday, Feb. 16 - Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Venue: Frost Stadium / Warner Softball Complex
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Tournament Page: Chattanooga Challenge
Friday, Feb. 16
vs. Western Kentucky - 1:00 p.m. ET (Field 1)
Saturday, Feb. 17
vs. Western Kentucky - 1:00 p.m. ET (Frost)
vs. Indiana State - 3:00 p.m. ET (Field 1)
Sunday, Feb. 18
at Chattanooga - 9:00 a.m. ET (Frost)
vs. Indiana State - 11:00 a.m. ET (Frost)
2017: 12-37, 2-19
Tennessee State kicked off the 2018 season by finishing 0-4 at the Troy Invitational. The Tigers dropped a matchup with the host Trojans and a pair of contests to Valparaiso before forcing extra innings in their final game, a 5-4 heartbreaker to Alabama State. Junior pitcher Lauren Powell led the way with 15 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of work. The Springboro, Ohio product is currently fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference in punch outs and second in batters caught looking with seven. Powell finished 0-3 with a 3.15 ERA, while holding opponents to a .273 batting average. Senior Kasey Cox topped the Tigers hitting at .273 (3-for-11) with two doubles and two RBI on the weekend. Sarah Snell was the only Tiger to score twice and post a pair of stolen bases.
Top Statistical Tigers (at least 1.5 Plate Appearances Per Game):
Avg.: Kasey Cox - .273
Runs: Sarah Snell - 2
Hits: Kasey Cox - 3
Doubles: Kasey Cox - 2
Home Runs: NA
RBI: Kasey Cox - 2
Stolen Bases: Sarah Snell - 2
Walks: Sarah Snell, Emma Colegrove - 2
On Base Percentage - Kasey Cox, Reese Weber, Emma Colegrove - .333
ERA: Lauren Powell - 3.15
Innings Pitched: Lauren Powell - 13.1
Strikeouts: Lauren Powell - 15
Alabama A&M (0-3)
2017 Record: 17-31, 8-7 (SWAC)
The Bulldogs dropped a pair of games the Pine Bluff Classic during the opening weekend. AAMU fell 4-1 to Drury and 1-0 to the host Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The veteran filled ballclub was led by Madi Pozzi at the plate who went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Jessica Alferos, Tamia Lee-Barbadillo, Tiana Sanders and Danielle Hansell recorded hits for the Bulldogs. Lauren Hayden provided a solid appearance in the circle tossing four innings of scoreless, three-hit ball. Hayden (0-1) fanned five batters as she was tagged with the loss. In week one, Alabama A&M falshed the leather as they finished with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Indiana State (0-0)
2017 Record: 24-29, 8-18 (Missouri Valley)
The Sycamores welcome 10 newcomers to the squad which has eight returners. Sophomore Leslie Sims returns after a stellar rookie campaign which saw the second baseman earn an All-MVC Second-Team selection. Sims led ISU with 50 hits and a .368 average while topping the team in runs scored (32) and stolen bases (20). Fellow sophomore Becky Malchow offers offensive support, equaling Sims with 50 hits, finishing third on the team in hitting at .294 (50-for-170) ), fourth in runs batted in (22) and second in runs scored (28) and stolen bases (9). Brooke Mann supplies the power for the Sycamores as she returns for her second at ISU. The junior had a team high 33 RBI and six home runs, while hitting .268 (37-for-138) with 20 runs and five doubles. Mann has hit by pitch three times and earned 21 walks for a .374 on base percentage. Kylie Stober and Della Gher return in the circle and will be joined by three freshman pitchers. Stober worked 116.2 innings a year ago and posted a 4-14 record with a 4.50 ERA. The senior struck out 51 batters while walking 88. Gher was used mainly out of the bullpen starting just one game in 29 appearances. The sophomore notched five saves and finished 3-1 with a 4.28 ERA in 50.2 innings.
Western Kentucky (3-1)
2017 Record: 31-31, 10-13 (Conference-USA)
The Hilltoppers open the season with a 3-1 record at the Gardner-Webb Tournament. WKU earned a pair of victories over Hampton and another over Youngstown State. The only loss of the weekend came in a 5-4 decision against the host Bulldogs. Western Kentucky totaled 38 runs in the four games and team for a .368 batting average. Maddi Bowlds registered seven hits in 10 at bats in Bowling Springs, N.C. Bowlds delivered a double, a triple, a stolen base, two runs and two RBI. The Hilltoppers exploded for 10 doubles, four triples and four home runs. Kelsey McGuffin (.400) paced the way with three doubles and two dingers. Shelby Nunn (3-1) picked up all four decisions as she struck out 18 batters in 15.2 innings of work.
2017 Record: 15-38, 4-14 (Southern Conference)
Chattanooga claimed wins over Morgan State and Detroit in their first two games before dropping their next two to Liberty and Fairleigh Dickinson. Emma Sturdivant let the way offensively going 5-for-9 (.556) with a double and a triple as she drove in six runners. Hayleigh Weissenbach matched Sturdivant with five hits, hitting .357 with a double, three runs batted in and a team high three stolen bases. Aly Walker reached base six times and made the most of her time on base as she came around to score on five occasions. Walker led the Mocs with two doubles. Celie Hudson and Allison Swinford pitched a majority of the innings, as Hudson went 1-1 with nine strikeouts in 10.2 innings. Swinford worked 7.2 frames fanning seven while not earning a decision. Alexa Veamoi was strong out of the bullpen as she pitched 5.0 innings in three games and secured two saves.
Sacred Heart (0-0)
2017 Record: 23-28, 10-6 (Northeast Conference)
The Pioneers bring back their top two hitters from the 2017 season in the forms of Lauren Delgadillo and Hailey Desoriers. Delgadillo batted .294 (50-for-170) with four doubles, 20 runs and 10 RBI. Desoroers added eight doubles, a home run, 21 runs and 11 RBI as she finished with a .291 (43-for-148) average. Kristen McCann is the top returning pitcher for Sacred Heart after posting the second best ERA a season ago at 2.65. McCann finished 10-12 with 117 strikeouts in 137.1 innings.