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Loss: POWELL (1-1) 4.076643
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Tigers Fall to Valparaiso, Alabama State at Troy Invitational
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Tigers Fall to Valparaiso, Alabama State at Troy Invitational


GAME 3: Valparaiso 9, Tennessee State 0 (6)
GAME 4: Alabama State 5, Tennessee State 4 (8)
RECORDS: TSU (0-4), Valpo (2-1), Alabama State (1-2)
FIELD: Troy Softball Complex
LOCATION: Troy, Ala.
WEATHER: Cloudy with some Rain, 58

TROY, Ala. --- The Tennessee State softball team continued their season with day two of the Troy Invitational. The Tigers dropped a hard fought extra inning battle to Alabama State, 5-4, in eight innings after falling in a six inning affair to Valparaiso 9-0 in the morning game.

The Tigers fell to 0-4 despite a solid effort in their final game of the day. TSU will learn about the remaining schedule of the tournament on Sunday morning, as the final two games on Saturday’s docket was washed out due to continual rain fall.

TSU fell behind early in the opener and found themselves down 9-0 before earning their first hit in the sixth inning. Senior second baseman Kasey Cox held the honors with a double, which for the second game in a row just missed clearing the leftfield fence. The Tigers were unable to push Cox across home plate, dropping their second game in two days to the Crusaders.

The Tigers scored in the first and third innings to grab an early 2-0 lead. Sarah Snell and Ariel Johnson collected hits to lead off the two innings, respectively, before touching home plate. The lead was short lived as Alabama State scored three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.

TSU wasted little time in evening the score with two runs in the sixth. Snell scored on a Reese Weber single, while Kierra Ware slid into home safely on an Abi Stephens suicide squeeze.

The game ended in the first frame of extra innings as ASU scored on a disputed call. The Hornets walked away with the win and moved to 1-2.


  • Kasey Cox led the Tigers at the plate on day two with two hits, a walk and an RBI.
  • Sarah Snell, Reese Weber and Ariel Johnson all collected hits on Saturday.
  • Lauren Powell was on the losing end of both decisions and falls to 0-3.

GAME 1 - Valparaiso

  • After recording the first two outs of the ballgame, Lauren Powell was touched for four runs in the first inning.
  • Valparaiso added two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.
  • The Tigers were held hitless for 5.1 innings.
  • Kasey Cox broke up the no-hit bid with her second double of the season.
  • Cox was left standing on third to end the game.
  • Megan Huppee and Ariel Johnson joined Cox in receiving walks in the early morning contest.
  • Powell suffered her second straight loss to Valpo.

GAME 2 – Alabama State

  • Sarah Snell opened the game with a single up the middle and moved to second on a wild pitch.
  • Two batters later, Snell scored on a Cox groundout.
  • The Tigers added to the lead in the third as Johnson scored on a wild pitch.
  • Johnson led off the inning with a single to right, before stealing second and moving to third on Snell groundout.
  • ASU took the lead with three runs in the fourth off starter Tori Hart.
  • The Hornets added another run, to take a 4-2 lead, in the fifth off reliever Amanda Cabrera.
  • TSU charged back to tie the game, 4-4, in the top of the sixth.
  • Snell sparked the offense with a leadoff walk and her second stolen base of the young season.
  • The sophomore shortstop moved 60 feet on a single by Cox, giving TSU runners on first and third.
  • Kierra Ware pinch ran for Cox and proceeded to steal second.
  • Reese Weber followed with a base hit which plated Snell, cutting the lead to 4-3.
  • A batter later, Abi Stephens executed the squeeze play allowing Ware to score and even up the score.
  • The score remained knotted at 4-4 until the Hornets scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning off Powell.

The Tigers are scheduled to close out the tournament with a contest against Troy. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m.

Tigers Uniform: grey tops, grey pants and blue socks with stripes
TSU was the designated home team in the first game of the day; visitors in game two
Game times were moved up 30 minutes in hopes of avoiding the predicted evening forecast