NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State softball returned home to host the Tiger Classic. In the fourth game of the day, the Tigers took the field, but came up short in a 1-0 loss at the hands of Youngstown State.
TSU (3-8) could not give starter Olivia Gamache the run support in a game where the senior was in control through most of the game. Gamache fell to 0-4 as she pitched 6.2 innings allowing a run on five hits and a walk.
The senior surrendered a hit in the second and two hits in each of the fourth and seventh. The final stanza was the one to derail Gamache as the Penguins picked up a leadoff double and a two-out double to make the score 1-0. Shea Morris entered the game to retire the last batter.
The Tigers went down in order in the seventh to give YSU (3-2) the win. Casey Crozier (2-1) held the Tigers to three hits and three walks, while striking out 11 batters.
TSU threatened in the first off a single and a stolen base by Courtney Gearlds, as well as a walk by Lindsey Burgess. Crozier would end the threat by striking out the side.
The Tigers attacked again in the third as Kiarra Freeman opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. Jayna Hanawahine sacrificed Freeman to third before Gearlds reached after being hit by a pitch. The freshman swiped her second base of the game giving the Tigers another great opportunity with one out and runners in scoring position. Once again, Crozier would avoid any damage by sitting down the next two Tigers.
TSU would get lead off runners on in the fourth and sixth, and picked up a one-out walk in the fifth, but again could not push a run across home plate. The Tigers would leave seven runners on over the course of the game.
On Saturday the Tigers will face Western Michigan at 1:00pm and will play Temple at 7:00pm in the final game of the day. Both games can be heard on TSUTigers.com.
Tiger Classic - Day One - Results
Game 1 - Dayton 3, Temple 2
Game 2 - Western Michigan 14, Dayton 2
Game 3 - Temple 11, Western Michigan 3 (5)
Game 4 - Youngstown State 1, Tennessee State 0