GAME 27: Tennessee State 1, Eastern Kentucky 0
GAME 28: Eastern Kentucky 2, Tennessee State 0
RECORDS: TSU (9-19, 2-8), EKU (19-15, 6-4)
FIELD: Tiger Park
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Mostly Sunny, 75
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky produced a pair of old fashion pitcher’s duels at Tiger Field on Saturday afternoon. TSU earned a 1-0 victory in game one, while the Colonels claimed game two, 2-0.
The Tigers Raven Loveless and EKU’s Mollie Paulick were featured in both contests. Loveless received the start in both contests, as she tossed her first collegiate complete game shutout in the opener. The freshman worked the first five innings in game two and was tagged with the loss after surrendering two runs on seven hits. On the day Loveless gave up 13 hits and three walks while fanning five, as she moved to 7-8 on the season.
Paulick entered game one in the first inning with no outs on the board and the Colonels trailing 1-0. The junior finished the game allowing two hits and striking out 10 batters. In game two, Paulick (7-6) earned the win as she worked the first 4.2 innings with five punch outs and allowing just three hits.
Samantha Reynoso entered in the fifth and was credited with her first save after closing out the final 2.1 innings. Reynoso sat down all seven batters she faced, striking out one.
The Tigers scored the lone run of game one in the bottom of the first off EKU starter Bethany Todd (5-3). TSU loaded the bases on two singles and a hit by pitch with no outs. TSU took the 1-0 lead as Bri Vire crossed home plate on a Katie Schneider walk.
In the night cap, EKU used a two-run inside the park home run by Sammi Miller in the top of the fifth to provide the winning margin.
Up Next: The Tigers will travel across town to face Belmont in an Ohio Valley Conference double header on Tuesday, Apr. 9. Game one is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start at Rose Park.