GAME 41: Tennessee State 6, Morehead State 1
GAME 42: Morehead State 3, Tennessee State 0
RECORDS: TSU (13-29, 6-16), MSU (3-42, 1-21)
FIELD: Tiger Field
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Mostly Coudy, 64
NASHVILLE --- The 2019 season came to an end on Sunday afternoon at Tiger Field as Tennessee State split an Ohio Valley Conference double header with Morehead State. The Tigers came from behind to grab victory in the opener, 6-1, before falling 3-0 to the Eagles in game two.
TSU trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning in game one. Reese Weber opened the frame with a single and was lifted in favor of pinch runner Kierra Ware. The senior speedster made her way around the bases with the use of a fielder’s choice and two MSU errors.
An inning later, Sarah Snell put the Tigers on top for good with a double to left center to chase home Bri Vire, who reached on a one-out single. Snell scored two batters later as Katie Schneider delivered an infield single to give TSU a 3-1 advantage.
The Big Blue tacked on three more runs in the sixth. Maddison Clark scored on a double by Ariel Johnson. Vire followed with her third hit of the game to bring home Patton Akers. The final blow came as Johnson scored on a wild pitch to produce the 6-1 final.
Raven Loveless held the Eagles to one run on eight hits as she improved to 11-13 on the season.
MSU scored a run in the first to open game two, adding a run in the second and another in the fourth. The Tigers scattered eight hits off Eagles Randi Hamilton throughout the contest and left seven runners on base.
Weber led the offensive charge with three hits, while Vire collected two. TSUs biggest threat came in the fourth inning as Weber opened with a single before being replaced by Ware. The senior swiped second base, which tied for 10th in the TSU career record books.
Ware was cut down at third two pitches later and just before a single by Schneider. The junior was forced at second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Emma Colegrove, who moved to second on a single by Erica O’Kane. Hamilton and the Eagles would escape the push by the Tigers as she improved to 3-9 on the season.
Jessina Espinoza (1-6) suffered the loss as she was tagged with three runs on six hits in 3.1 innings. Kennedy McCurry worked the final 3.2 innings, surrendering just one hit, while she fanned one batter.