Tigers Welcome Tennessee Tech For Start Of OVC Play
Friday, March 13, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State has battled the elements and is now ready for the opening of Ohio Valley Conference play. TSU enters the weekend with a 7-11 record and is prepared to host Tennessee Tech (11-10) for a three game series.
The two teams will play a double header on Saturday, Mar. 14 and a single game on Sunday, Mar. 15. First pitch for both days is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Tiger Field. All games are available through Live Stats and can be heard on tsutigers.com.
The Tigers finished last weekend with a 3-2 record at the Tiny Laster Classic in Irondale, Ala. TSU returned home and earned a split with Northern Kentucky. The Norse grabbed the first game 10-4, with the Tigers storming back in the night cap for an 8-4 victory.
On the season, Kate Morris leads the squad with eight doubles, seven walks, a .356 average and a .442 on base percentage. The senior is leading a group of six Tigers, who are batting over .300 and helped the squad to a .293 team average. Kailey Richard trails Morris with a .346 average and has four doubles, nine runs and 10 RBI.
Lindsey Burgess is batting .289 (13-for-35) and tops the Tigers with 17 runs, five home runs and 12 runs batted in. Courtney Gearlds and Danica Gleason have been the main threats on the base path for TSU. Gearlds has swiped eight bases, while Gleason has nabbed six.
Tennessee Tech (11-10, 0-0)
2014 Record: 25-34
Conference: Ohio Valley
2014 Finish: 15-12
Series Record: 11-54
Last Time Played: 2014, Lost 1-8
Last Win: 2012, 4-1
Danielle Liberatore and Hannah Weaver have thrown 120 of the 135.1 innings for the Golden Eagles. Liberatore leads the staff with a 6-5 record and has struck out 85 batters in her 70 innings of work. The sophomore has tossed eight complete games and has a 2.50 ERA. Weaver is 5-3 with a save in 50 innings in the circle. The junior has a 4.34 ERA with 20 punch-outs opposed to 21 walks.
Used a pinch runner early in the season, Gabby Perez has come on over the last six games, as she tops the Tech roster batting .429 (6-for-14). Hannah Eldridge and Alyssa Richards bring averages over .300 for a squad hitting at a .276 clip. Eldridge (.356) leads TTU with 21 hits and has two doubles, two home runs, and has 14 runs. Richards (.333) is second on the team with four dingers and 12 runs batted in. Richards is second to Olivia Bennett in each category, six and 17, respectively. Bennett (.282) also leads the Golden Eagles with 15 runs.