NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State softball team will close out the regular season with a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series versus Belmont at Tiger Field. The two teams will play a single game at 6:00pm on Saturday evening. A double header is scheduled to begin at 2:00pm on Sunday as the Tigers celebrate Senior Day.
TSU will honor Kate Morris and Tayler Shimizu as the two four-year Tigers will play for the final time in front of the home crowd. Tennessee State enters at 10-35, 3-20 in the OVC, while Belmont enters at 11-31, 5-19 in conference. All three games can be heard on tsutigers.com.
Shimizu enters the series batting .268 with 13 runs, 12 RBI, three doubles, a triple and six stolen bases. Morris leads the team with 11 doubles; three shy of the TSU single season mark, and is hitting .285 with three long balls and 16 runs driven in.
Entering the final weekend of the 2015 season, freshman Kailey Richard leads the squad batting .308 with 15 runs, eight doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI. Joselynn Yates has provided support with a .306 average, 16 runs, six doubles, a triple, a home run and 16 runs batted in.
Belmont (11-31, 6-15)
2014 Record: 13-36
Conference: Ohio Valley
2014 Finish: 7-19
Series Record: 13-20
Last Time Played: 2014, Won 5-3
Last Win: 2014, 5-3
Kat Hollingsworth tops the Bruins in several offensive categories, including batting average (.345), runs (23), hits (40), doubles (14), triples (6), runs batted in (25), stolen bases (4) and is tied with three home runs. Chelsey Deloney and Jessica Wilson each hit three home runs to share the team lead with Hollingsworth. Delony is batting .286 entering the final weekend with 23 RBI and team leading 19 walks. Wilson is hitting at a .295 clip and scored 18 times with five doubles, while driving in 16 runs.
Taylor Moon and Carolynn Snodgrass have worked the majority of the innings for BU, totaling 215.1 of the 266.0. Moon has appeared in 26 games, starting 18 and completing nine as she has amassed 111.0 innings. The junior is 4-15 with a 5.17 ERA, striking out 58 batters and allowing 38 walks. The third-year is holding opponents to a .293 average as she has compiled a 5-8 record with a shutout and a 4.70 ERA. Snodgrass has fanned 55 batters while issuing 51 walks in 104.1 innings of work.