BATON ROUGE, La. – Tennessee State softball dropped two games on Saturday at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge. The Tigers fall to 0-4 on the young season after dropping a heartbreaker to Memphis, 5-1, and a 10-0 decision to No. 19 LSU.
In the first game, the Tigers struck first with a run in the fourth taking an early 1-0 lead. Kate Morris led off the inning with her second walk of the game and was replaced by pinch runner Liz Stansberry. Kailey Richard followed with a sacrifice bunt, allowing Stansberry to move into scoring position. Two batters later, Lindsey Burgess delivered the go ahead blow as she drove a 3-0 pitch into left center, chasing Richard home.
The lead was short-lived as Memphis evened the score in the top of the fifth inning. The score remained the same until Memphis tallied four runs in the top of the seventh to claim the 5-1 victory.
Jasmine Matchen worked the first five and a third innings, surrendering one run on four hits and four walks. Matchen was lifted in the sixth after Memphis loaded the bases with a double and back-to-back walks. Amber Galyon entered to put out the fire, striking out the first batter she faced and getting the Tigers out of the inning unscathed with a fly ball out.
Galyon took the loss after Memphis scored four runs in the final inning off three hits and a walk.
In game two, LSU exploded for seven runs in the first inning and added three more in the fourth. Galyon tossed the first three and a third and was tagged with the loss and dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Richard and Courtney Gearlds each secured hits in the night cap, giving the duo a multiple hit day. Richard earned a hit in each game, while Gearlds finished with three on the day.
The Tigers will close out play at the Tiger Classic with a rematch with Memphis on Sunday morning. Game time is set for 9:30am and can be heard on tsutigers.com.