GAME 8: Tennessee State 4, ETSU 3
RECORDS: TSU (2-6), ETSU (10-5-2)
FIELD: Tiger Field
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Cloudy, 43
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State rallied for two runs late on Saturday night at Tiger Field to win a nail biter against East Tennessee State. TSU improved to 2-6 on the season as they pulled out the 4-3 victory.
The Tigers started fast once again, with two runs in the first inning. Sarah Snell led off with a bunt single and advanced into scoring position on a throwing. Bri Vire took advantage of the ETSU miscue by bringing Snell home with a single up the middle.
Vire moved to third on a double to right center by Katie Schneider and scored on a sacrifice fly by Beckey Melton. The lead would hold up until ETSU evened the score with runs in the third and fourth innings.
The Big Blue went hitless until the fifth inning when Vire delivered a two-out single to right field. After the Tigers were unable to drive home the sophomore outfielder, ETSU responded with a run in the top of the sixth for a 3-2 lead.
TSU charged back in the bottom half of the inning with back-to-back singles by Melton and Reese Weber. With Maddison Clark and Ariel Johnson into to pinch run at second and first, respectively, Savanah Wallace drove a ball through the middle of the infield to plate Clark.
Three batters later with the score tied 3-3, pinch hitter Erica O’Kane reached on an error by the ETSU shortstop. The ball shot off the defender towards the line in short left field, allowing Wallace to race home from second to put the Tigers in front for good.
Raven Loveless entered the circle in the top of the seventh to close out the Bucs. The freshman pitcher recorded two quick outs before surrendering a walk. Loveless enticed a ground ball from the final batter and tossed it over to Schneider for the final out of the contest.
Loveless registered her first career save and secured the win for Megan Huppee who pitched the sixth inning. Huppee gave a two hits and an unearned run in her time in the circle as she improved to 1-1.
Schneider tossed the first five innings for TSU and was touched for two runs, one earned, as she scattered seven hits and three walks.
The night cap against North Alabama was cancelled due to low temperatures.
ALL Classic Team
Reese Weber – Tennessee State
Katie Schneider – Tennessee State
Kelly Warren – ETSU
Malloree Schurr – ETSU
Ali Milam – Marist
Kaley Coltrain – Marist
Megan Garst – North Alabama
Veronica Westfall – North Alabama
Darian Lindsey – Portland State
Sala Pedebone – Portland State