GAME 25: Tennessee State 10, Alabama A&M 2 (6 inn)
GAME 26: Tennessee State 9, Alabama A&M 4
RECORDS: TSU (8-18), AAMU (14-13)
FIELD: Tiger Park
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Sunny, 62
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Tennessee State scored early and closed out Alabama A&M with a big late inning charge to earn a sweep on Tuesday afternoon at Tiger Field. TSU needed just six innings to claim the opener, 10-2, before defeating the Bulldogs 9-4 in the night cap. With the wins, the Tigers improve to 8-18 on the season, doubling their win total from a year ago.
Raven Loveless allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits to pick up her sixth win of the season, while Jessina Espinoza secured her first career working out of the pen. Espinoza tossed 3.2 innings in game two before yielding to Kennedy McCurry, who entered in the sixth inning with the Tigers clinging to a one run lead. McCurry surrendered one hit and struck out one as she recorded her first career save.
Offensively, Reese Weber led the way with four hits on the day and was one of 11 Tigers to record a base knock. Patton Akers, Sarah Snell and Katie Schneider each finished with two hits in a game, a feat Weber accomplished in both contests.
After back-to one-out singles in the first inning of game one by Snell and Weber, Schneider singled to plate Snell for the early 1-0 lead. Three batters later, Akers brought home Weber on a single to right center.
The Tigers took a commanding lead with five runs in the third, extending their lead to 7-0. TSU scored three runs on Bulldog miscues to go along with a sacrifice fly by Savanah Wallace and a bases loaded walk to Snell. The base on balls by Snell tied her with Brittany Webb (2008-11) for the career lead in TSU history with 65.
AAMU would try to climb back in the game with runs in the fourth and fifth, cutting the lead to five at 7-2. The Big Blue would respond with three runs in the sixth to end the game early.
Weber delivered an RBI single and scored on an errant throw as Maddison Clark stole second base. Clark scored the game ending run on an RBI single off the bat of Akers.
In game two, Schneider put the Tigers on the board with a run scoring double that chased home Bri Vire. TSU ended the inning with a 2-0 lead as Wallace earned her second sacrifice fly of the day.
After Akers scored on an error in the second inning, Lauren Farias scored all the way from second on a sacrifice fly by Bri Vire. Farias tagged at second as Vire’s fly went to deep right. Farias had the opportunity to score as the fielder fell while trying to secure the catch.
The lead increased to 5-1 in the third inning as Schneider scored on a ground out by Beckey Melton. But the Bulldogs worked their way back into the game with a run in the fifth and a two-run home run in the sixth.
Farias recorded a sacrifice fly of her own, platting Clark in the bottom of the sixth. Vire followed with a single up the middle to bring home Jordan Wharton and Autumn Ogletree. The Tigers closed out the scoring as Snell hit her second triple of the season, allowing Vire to score from first.
Up Next: The Tigers will host Eastern Kentucky in an Ohio Valley Conference double header on Saturday, Apr. 6. Game one is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start at Tiger Field.