GAME 29: Belmont 10, Tennessee State 5
GAME 30: Belmont 9, Tennessee State 1 (5 inn)
RECORDS: TSU (9-21, 2-10), BU (24-15, 6-6)
FIELD: E.S. Rose Park
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Sunny, 82
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State recorded its second highest hit total of the season and the most in an Ohio Valley Conference game with 12 in game one at Belmont on Wednesday evening. Despite the success at the plate, the Tigers dropped both ends of the double header, 10-5 and 9-1 in five innings.
Emma Colegrove led the way with the first home run of her career and a double in a 2-for-4 performance. Trailing 5-1, the senior hammered the first pitch of the fourth inning over the fence in left center to cut the lead to three. Colegrove found the gap in right center in the seventh for her first double of the season.
Colegrove was joined by Katie Schneider and Erica O’Kane with two hits in the game. Schneider registered a double, a run and an RBI. Patton Akers topped the Tigers hit count, going 3-for-4 with a run batted in.
Belmont opened the scoring in game one with a run in the first and two in the third. The Tigers would get one back in the third as Sarah Snell scored on a Schneider single.
The Bruins picked up two more in the bottom of the third, setting up the Colegrove blast. In the fifth, the Big Blue moved to within two at 5-3 as Schneider scored as O’Kane reached on an error.
BU wasted no time responding as they took advantage of a Tiger miscue to plate five unearned runs off starter Raven Loveless. The freshmen gave up 10 runs, five earned, off 12 hits and three walks. Loveless fell to 7-9 on the season.
The Tigers continued to battle until the end as they scored a pair of runs in the seventh. Kierra Ware scored on an infield single by Akers, while Jordan Wharton scored on a sacrifice fly by Beckey Melton.
Game two was all Bruins as they scored in the second, third, fourth and delivered the final blow crossing home plate five times in the fifth.
The Tigers lone run came off the bat of Colegrove, as Ware scored on a ground out in the top of the fourth.
Akers added to her first game outing with a single in the night cap for a four-hit day. Schneider and Reese Weber were the only other Tigers to record a base knock in game two.
Up Next: The Tigers will host a pair of OVC foes on Friday, Apr. 12 and Saturday, Apr. 13. TSU will face Tennessee Tech on Friday and Jacksonville State on Saturday. The double header versus the Gamecocks was moved up a day due to potential rain in the forecast on Sunday.