Gainesville, Fla. -Tennessee State fell victim to errors and miscues in the second game of the Lipton Invitational on Friday Afternoon. After earning milestone win number 200 over Campbell earlier in the day, the Tigers lost a heartbreaker 8-6 to Gardner-Webb.
TSU (5-6) received career-best hitting performances from Jordan Rehl and Jennifer Givens in a team season high 14-hit game. Rehl was a perfect 4-for-4 and drove in three runs, while Givens tallied three hits in four at bats, scored once and stole two bases.
For the second straight game the Tigers opened with runs in their first at bat. Givens led off with a single to right and proceeded to steal second base. A couple pitches later Givens was erased trying to nab third base. Kelly Troglin followed with a single to center and moved to second when Tedra Alford was issued a base on balls. TSU got on the scoreboard as Rehl singled to center plating Troglin from second. Alford followed close behind for the second run as the throw trying to get Troglin got away from the GWU catcher.
The Bulldogs scored a run in their half of the first, only to see the Tigers get it back in the third. Alford would score her second run of the game on a ground out RBI by Ashley Haynes. But GWU returned the favor crossing the plate twice in the third to tie the game 3-3.
Devin Amar crushed a line drive over the left field wall for her first career home run to retake the lead, 4-3, in the top of the fourth. Savannah Gutierrez, Givens and Troglin followed Amar by loading the bases with three consecutive hits. Two batters later, Rehl delivered a shot through the left side of the infield chasing Givens and Troglin home. Once again TSU was on top by the score of 6-3.
The Bulldogs kept fighting back scoring a run in the fourth and four in the fifth off Tiger mishaps. Kelly Troglin was tagged with the loss as she falls to 0-2 on the season.
TSU continued to fight and loaded the bases in the top of the seventh before winning pitcher Cindy Boomhower (3-1) was able to get Amar to ground out to end the game.
The Tigers return to the field on Saturday afternoon to take on the #3/#4 Florida Gators. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET. TSU will also play Campbell to close out Saturday play in the three-day tournament.