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Games 6-9: Tiger Classic
Date: Friday, Mar. 1 - Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019
Venue: Tiger Field
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Tournament Page: 2019 Tiger Classic
Friday, Mar. 1
vs. Marist - 10:00 a.m.
vs. Portland State - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 2
vs. ETSU - 4:00 p.m.
vs. North Alabama - 6:00 p.m.
TSU returns to play after a two week hiatus. The Big Blue was scheduled to participate in the Tennessee Classic in Knoxville before inclement weather forced the changing of the original schedule. The Tigers were not able to play Monday games due to the start of midterms. The upcoming Tiger Classic will serve as the home opener as ETSU, Marist, North Alabama and Portland State come to Nashville. It will be the first meetings against Marist and Portland State for the Tigers and the fifth versus ETSU. TSU and North Alabama have faced each other on three other occasions, the last coming in 1996.
In the opening weekend, Tennessee State dropped the first four contests of the year before closing out the Sand Dollar Classic with a win over Florida A&M. Sophomore Bri Vire led the Big Blue with seven hits and a .438 batting average, as she was the lone Tiger to be named to the All-Tournament team. Sarah Snell started the squad off right as she drove a ball out of the park in the first at bat of the 2019 campaign. It was the first career blast for the junior. Not to be outdone, fellow junior Patton Akers collected her first career home run in the first inning of game two. Junior transfer Beckey Melton hit her first TSU dinger, her third in her collegiate career. Melton and Akers hit their shots versus #17 Auburn, while Snell victimized Louisiana Tech. Freshman Raven Loveless earned her first career win in a complete game effort against FAMU. Loveless surrendered three runs, one earned, as she scattered six hits and a walk.
Top Statistical Tigers:
Avg.: Bri Vire - .438
OBP: Megan Huppee - .545
Runs: Patton Akers, Sarah Snell, Bri Vire, Kierra Ware - 2
Hits: Bri Vire - 7
Doubles: Reese Weber - 2
Home Runs: Sarah Snell, Patton Akers, Beckey Melton - 1
RBI: Bri Vire - 3
Stolen Bases: Ariel Johnson, Reese Weber - 1
Base On Balls: Sarah Snell, Lauren Farias - 3
ERA: Raven Loveless - 2.62
Wins: Raven Loveless - 1
Innings Pitched: Raven Loveless - 13.1
Strikeouts: Raven Loveless - 6
2018 Record: 27-32
The Red Foxes exploded out of the gate by collecting 27 hits over their first two games for a team .458 average. Marist hammered out six doubles, two triples and three home runs last week. Ali Milam was a large part of the success batting .714 going 5-for-7 with a double, a triple and all three of the team’s home runs. Milam also topped the offensive unit with 10 runs batted in and matched Carolina Baratta in runs scored (5). Baratta just missed out on a perfect weekend going 7-for-8 to post a team high .875 batting average. Marist used four pitchers to toss the 12.0 innings over the opening weekend. Calista Phippen earned a win while fanning seven batters in 4.0 innings of work, posting a 2.25 ERA. Brooke Peterson and Megan Beiermeister each tossed 3.0 innings without allowing a run. Peterson is 1-0 and has not allowed a base runner this season, while Beiermeister earned a save during her outing.
2018 Record: 19-27
The Bucs are batting .318 as a team and are averaging over seven runs per game. Six starters are batting over .300 and are led by Malloree Schurr who is hitting at a .413 clip. Schurr has collected 19 hits with five doubles, three triples, two home runs, six stolen bases, 12 runs and 19 RBI. Nikki Grupp powers the team with five dingers and 21 runs batted in while hitting .364. In the circle, Kelly Schmidt has posted a 4-2 record with three shutouts and a 2.56 ERA. Schmidt has tossed 38.1 innings, fanning 34 batters while holding opponents to a .231 batting average.
Portland State (6-8)
2018 Record: 18-34
Darian Lindsey is off to a hot start by going 21-for-44 at the dish for a .477 batting average. Lindsey leads the squad in runs (13), doubles (4), triples (2), walks (7), stolen bases (3) and is one of five players to leave the yard. The Vikings are receiving support for Lindsey in the forms of Kaela Morrow, Riley Casper and Jessica Flanagan who are each hitting .300 or better. Katie Schroeder has posted a 3-3 record with one save, a shutout, a 3.30 ERA, 10 strikeouts and four walks in 40.1 innings in the circle.
North Alabama (8-3)
2018 Record: 46-7
The Lions are led by pitchers Sidney Revels and Megan Garst. Revels is 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 18.0 innings of work. Garst has posted a 3-1 record with a 0.76 ERA with 36 punch outs in 27.2 innings. The duo is holding hitters to a .133 and .132 batting average, respectively. At the plate, Veronica Westfall has collected 15 hits in 33 at bats for a .455 average. Harley Stokes leads UNA with five home runs and 10 RBI, while batting .273. Lexie Harper leads the run production for the Lions by crossing home plate 12 times, while batting .316 and a team high six stolen bases.