GAME 31: Tennessee State 3, Tennessee Tech 2
GAME 32: Tennessee Tech 11, Tennessee State 5 (8 inn)
RECORDS: TSU (10-22, 3-11), TTU (19-19, 7-7)
FIELD: Tiger Field
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Partly Sunny, 62
NASHVILLE --- Comebacks highlighted the double header between Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech on Friday afternoon at Tiger Field. The Tigers plated two runs in the seventh inning of game one to steal a 3-2 victory, while the Golden Eagles hit a late inning home run to force extra innings. TTU went on to win 11-5 in eight innings in the night cap.
Katie Schneider delivered the final blow in the opener with a two-run single to chase home Lauren Farias and Sarah Snell. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Farias led off with a single over the pitchers head, landing just behind the circle. The Tigers then loaded the bases with a pair of two out walks by Snell and Reese Weber, setting up the Schneider at bat.
Jessina Espinoza pitched a gem of a game tossing five scoreless innings. The freshman pitcher exited the game after allowing a walk with one out in the sixth. Raven Loveless entered and gave up the tying run, which was charged to Espinoza.
The Golden Eagles took the lead in the seventh on a two out error. The Tiger comeback gave Loveless the win in the contest as she closed out the final 1.2 innings, surrendering one hit, two walks and an unearned run.
Espinoza was tagged with a no decision, holding TTU to one run on four hits and two walks.
Alyssa Arden suffered the loss, but came back in game two to earn the win to improve to 11-8. Arden entered after a Bri Vire single in the bottom of the seventh of game two and held the Tigers scoreless for the next two innings.
After picking up the victory in game one, Loveless suffered the loss in game two and moved to 8-10 on the season. The freshman pitcher was touched for 11 runs, five earned, on 17 hits and a walk in 7.2 innings of work.
A Tiger miscue with two outs in the eighth led to six unearned runs. The big blow in the extra frame came off the bat of Alexis Trimiar who drove a ball over the fence in left center for a grand slam.
TTU equaled the Tigers comeback from game one with a two-run home run in the seventh inning by Ashley McGowen to even the score at 5-5.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game two with two runs in the first and another in the third. The Tigers came charging back in the fourth as they sent nine batters to the plate.
Bri Vire just missed her first career home run as she hit the top of the fence in center, settling for a double. After a walk to Snell, Weber hammered a double down the left field line, allowing both runners to score and cut the lead to 3-2. Four batters later, pinch hitter Savanah Wallace singled to left field to bring home pinch runner Kierra Ware to even the score 3-3.
TSU grabbed the advantage in the fifth as Vire was hit by a pitch to open the inning and moved to third on a double down the first base line by Snell. Weber followed with a fielder’s choice to push home Vire and Schneider singled through the left side of the infield to score Snell for the 5-3 lead.
Schneider and Emma Colegrove led the Tigers with three hits a piece on the day, while Snell, Vire and Wallace each added two knocks.
Snell finished the day going 2-for-3 with three walks, a double, an RBI, a sacrifice, a sacrifice fly, a stolen base and three runs scored.
Up Next: The Tigers welcome Jacksonville State for an OVC double header on Saturday, Apr. 13. The Tiger Seniors will be honored at 2:45 p.m., just before game one.