|April 21, 2018||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: CAMPBELL (9-9)||7.0||4||1||0||1||4|
|Loss: POWELL (2-21)||6.1||8||7||7||1||4|
|April 21, 2018||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: BARRETT (1-0)||4.1||2||0||0||0||3|
|Loss: HART (0-11)||5.1||11||7||7||1||1|
GAME 43: Murray State 7, Tennessee State 1
GAME 44: Murray State 11, Tennessee State 3
RECORDS: TSU (3-41, 0-14), MSU (14-30, 4-10)
FIELD: Tiger Field
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Sunny, 74
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State softball team returned home after an 11-game road trip only to run into a hot Murray State club. The Racers entered the weekend on an eight game skid and 0-10 in Ohio Valley Conference play. MSU turned their fortunes around in Nashville, grabbing two games from Belmont on Friday and earning a sweep at Tiger Field on Saturday, 7-1 and 11-3.
TSU were entrenched in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel in the opener, before the Racers exploded for five runs in the final frame. Starter Lauren Powell held Murray State in check for six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. The junior pitcher, who fanned four batters in the game, was touched for five runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter.
The Tigers had just moved to within one run in the sixth as Sarah Snell scored on a Reese Weber single. Snell had reached on her team leading 25th walk. The sophomore advanced to third on a throwing error after stealing second base.
TSU fell behind 3-0 in game one, only to even the score in the third with three runs of their own. Ariel Johnson, Snell and Bri Vire scored on consecutive at bats by Vire, Katie Schneider and Emma Golegrove.
The MSU bats would come alive in the fifth inning, as they plated eight runs over the final three innings. The Racers tagged Tori Hart with the loss, as she tossed 5.1 innings.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Sarah Snell and Bri Vire were the only Tigers to record a hit in each game.
- Snell finished the day, 3-for-6 with two runs, a walk and a stolen base.
- Reese Weber drove in the lone run in game one.
- Vire, Katie Schneider and Emma Colegrove each delivered an RBI in game two.
- Snell's two runs, walk and stolen base increased her team leading totals to 15, 25 and 15, respectively.
- Murray State gained a 2-0 advantage with a run in the third and one in the sixth.
- Sarah Snell collected a hit to lead off the first, while Bri Vire earned an infield single in the second.
- The Tigers were unable to chase home either runner.
- After the Vire hit, Racers pitcher Haven Campbell retired the next 12 Tigers she faced, until a walk to Snell in the sixth.
- Snell proceeded to swipe second base and advanced to third as the ball sailed into centerfield.
- Reese Weber followed with a check-swing single over the first baseman’s glove, allowing Snell to cross home plate.
- MSU put the game out of reach with five runs in the seventh inning.
- Lauren Powell tossed 6.1 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits, a walk and a hit by pitch.
- Powell fanned four Racers as she fell to 2-21 on the season.
- Tori Hart faced two batters in the seventh, yielding one hit.
- MSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning off three hits and a walk issued by Hart.
- TSU answered in the third with back-to-back runners to start the third.
- Ariel Johnson walked before Snell picked up her second hit of the game.
- On the play, the duo advanced 60 feet on an errant throw.
- Two batters later, Johnson scored on a squeeze bunt by Vire, who reached safely.
- Vire stole second, ahead of a ground out by Katie Schneider which chased home Snell.
- Emma Colegrove followed with a single down the right field line to drive in Vire.
- The third would be the last time the Tigers would threaten, despite getting a runner on in the fourth, fifth and seventh.
The Tigers will step out of conference play for the final time this season as they host Middle Tennessee on Wednesday, Apr. 25. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.
- The Tigers wore their all white uniforms with the blue stirups with horizontal red and white stripes
- First pitch of game one was at 1:00 p.m.
- Game duration was 1:44
- First Pitch of game two was at 3:26 p.m.
- Game duration was 2:11
- Lauren Powell recorded six strikeouts on the day, giving her 81 on the season
- With her final strikeout of the day, Powell became just the fifth pitcher in TSU history to reach 200 strikeouts
- Sarah Snell was issued her 25th walk of the season, which tied her with Jordan Rehl (2012) for third in the TSU record books for Base on Balls in a Single Season
- Snell has also amassed 45 in her two-year career, placing her 8th all time at TSU
- The sophomore has passed Koralyn Graham (1997-2000) and Keisha Felton (1994-97) with 43, as well as Kate Morris (2012-15) with 41
- TSU has dropped 25 straight games