Fayetteville, Ark.-The Tigers used a torrid comeback against Jackson State to open the University of Arkansas Tournament with a win on Friday afternoon. TSU improved to 3-2 on the season with a 5-4 decision over JSU (7-5) in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Tigers from the SWAC built a 4-0 lead heading into the top of the sixth inning. Jordan Rehl drove a ball through the left side of the infield and advanced to second when Tedra Alford reached on a walk to open the inning. After two outs, Kate Morris delivered a single into left center plating Rehl to put the Big Blue on the board.
Pinch hitter Kelly Troglin extended the inning as her ground ball to short was mishandled and allowed Alford to score from third. Savannah Gutierrez continued the attack with a hard line drive to left loading the bases for Tayler Shimizu. The freshman from Hawai'i picked a key time for her first career hit as she drove a ball to left field driving in (Kate) Morris and Troglin to tie the score 4-4.
TSU would complete the comeback in the seventh inning as Rehl scored from second when Devin Amar ripped a ball down the third base line. Rehl, for the second consecutive inning, led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alford.
Pitcher Shea Morris would make the lead stick as she retired Jackson State in order for the first time in the game. The freshman improved to 2-1 as she allowed four runs, just one earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out seven.
The Tigers will face host Arkansas in the final game of the day. First pitch with the Razorbacks is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.