GAME 9: Appalachian State 10, Tennessee State 9 (9 inn)
RECORDS: TSU (2-7), ETSU (10-6)
FIELD: Tiger Field
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Sunny, 31
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State jumped out to an early once again, only to find themselves playing catch-up at the end of the game. Despite forcing extra innings, TSU dropped a 10-9 heartbreaker in nine innings on a cold day at Tiger Field. The Big Blue is now 2-7 on the season, while Appalachian State improved to 10-6.
The Tigers exploded for five runs in the first inning on four hits and three walks. Sarah Snell opened with the first of her base on balls in the first frame and moved to third as Bri Vire reached on a sacrifice bunt. The bats came to life to produce a 3-0 lead as Katie Schneider, Reese Weber and Megan Huppee all collected RBI singles.
The final blow in the first inning came when Lauren Farias dropped a two-out single into right field to chase home Weber and Huppee. The 5-0 lead held until ASU scored four runs in the third and took the lead with two in the fifth off starting pitcher Raven Loveless.
The Mountaineers would keep the advantage as they held the Tigers to one hit, a Farias single in the fourth, over the next five innings.
Snell opened the seventh with her third walk of the contest, but was eliminated at second on a fielder’s choice by Vire. The same fate would come to Vire off the bat of Schneider, who was then replaced by Kierra Ware. The senior speedster proceeded to steal second base and scored on an RBI single by Beckey Melton to force extra innings.
The Mountaineers scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning off Schneider who spelled Loveless in the fifth. Not to be outdone, Huppee evened the score, 8-8, in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run blast to centerfield.
ASU countered with another two runs in the ninth, only to see the Tigers respond. Schneider drove a ball through the middle of the infield to plate pinch runner Ariel Johnson to creep back within on run at 10-9. Schneider made her way to third on Weber’s third hit of the game and a Savanah Wallace fielder’s choice. The Tigers would not get any closer as Huppee grounded out to end the ball game.
The night cap was cancelled due to low temperatures.