NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2014 Tiger Classic closed out with Tennessee State dropping its final two games. The Tigers came up short in its comeback bid against Dayton. The Flyers held on to a 4-3 win, before Indiana State would step on the field to take a 3-0 decision from the Tigers.
TSU drops to 4-11 as Dayton improved to 3-7 and Indiana State moved to 5-3.
The Tigers found themselves behind right from the start in both games. In the first game, Dayton used a three-run home run to gain the early advantage. TSU would leave five runners on base over the first four innings before they could break through in the fifth.
Dayton extended the lead back to three with an unearned run in the top of the seventh. With the task in hand, the Tigers started working into the Flyers lead in their final at bat. With one out, Gearlds and Freeman put together back-to-back singles before moving up one base as Hanawahine reached on an error. A Burgess single to centerfield moved all the runners 60-feet, making the score 4-2, as Gearlds crossed home. Kate Morris produced another run for the Tigers with a sacrifice fly to center, plating Freeman to make the score 4-3. That would be as close as the Tigers could get as Rebekka Gross flew out the left field to end the game.
Shea Morris (3-5) worked five innings, picking up four strikeouts opposed to three hits and a walk. Olivia Gamache worked the final two innings surrendering an unearned run on one hit and one walk.
The Tigers outhit Dayton 9-4, but was not able to take advantage of the hit advantage by leaving nine runners on base.
TSU found themselves down after the top of the first inning in the nightcap as the Sycamores manufactured a run off Gamache. The Tigers tried to answer back in the bottom of the first inning, but would strand two runners on base. Four of the final six innings saw the Tigers reach base, only to end each inning empty handed. TSU left six runners on base as the Sycamores held the Tiger lineup to four hits, a walk and a hit batsman.
Indiana State added two more insurance runs in the fifth inning off Gamache. The Sycamores touched the senior hurler for three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks 4.2 innings. Shea Morris worked the final 2.1 innings fanning two, while giving up a hit to the first batter she faced.
The two strikeouts for Morris gives her 435 in her career, three short of the all-time TSU mark set by Amanda Vaught.
On the weekend, Burgess batted .571, as she finished 8-of-14 with a double, a home run, three walks and four RBI.
The Tigers will travel to Statesboro, Ga., to take part of the Eagle Classic hosted by Georgia Southern. Play begins on Friday, Feb. 28.
2014 Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP: Taylor Lockwood, Indiana StateMorgan Allee, Indiana StateErika Crissman, Indiana StateTiffany Ricks, DaytonGabrielle Snyder, DaytonMiranda Castiglione, Youngstown StateCasey Crozier, Youngstown StateKelsey Dominik, TempleSarah Prezioso, TempleSabrina Gamboa, Western MichiganLindsey Burgess, Tennessee State
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
Tiger Classic – Day Two – Results
Game 5 – Indiana State 5, Youngstown State 4
Game 6 – Dayton 9, Youngstown State 3
Game 7 – Western Michigan 3, Tennessee State 2
Game 8 – Indiana State 7, Dayton 3
Game 9 – Temple 8, Western Michigan 4
Game 10 – Tennessee State 7, Temple 5
Tiger Classic – Day Three – Results
Game 11 – Youngstown State 5, Western Michigan 1
Game 12 – Indiana State 6, Temple 0
Game 13 – Dayton 4, Tennessee State 3
Game 14 – Indiana State 3, Tennessee State 0