BATON ROUGE, La. – Tennessee State Softball scored in each of the first three innings to earn its first win of the season on Sunday morning. The Tigers revenged a loss from a day ago, as they claimed a 4-1 win over Memphis. TSU improved to 1-4, while Memphis dropped to 1-3.
Taylor Green (1-0), in her first outing as a Tiger, earned the win allowing one unearned run on seven hits and a walk. Memphis left runners on base each inning until the seventh, when Green and the Tigers clinched the game by sitting UM down in order.
The offensive support came early as Courtney Gearlds led off the game with a walk and proceeded to steal second. The sophomore would score two batters later as Kailey Richard drove a ball through the right side of the infield.
In the second inning, the Tigers added to its 1-0 lead by taking advantage of a Memphis error. With Lindsey Burgess on second, Tayler Shimizu ripped a single up the middle to chase home Burgess. Shimizu would take second on the throw, setting up a run-producing single by Savannah Womack, giving TSU a 3-0 lead after two.
Shimizu would strike again in the third with an RBI single, plating Joselynn Yates, who led off the inning with a single to center. The 4-0 lead would hold up until Memphis scratched a run in the bottom of the fifth, creating the final score.
The Tigers will travel to Huntsville for a double header at Alabama A&M on Friday, Feb. 13. Follow tsutigers.com for full coverage.