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Games 5-9: Bulldog Kickoff Classic
Date: Friday, Feb. 14 - Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020
Location: Starkville, Miss.
Venue: Nusz Park
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Video: SEC+ (Games versus Mississippi State Only)
Friday, Feb. 14
vs. North Alabama - 10:00 a.m.
vs. Tulsa - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15
at Mississippi State - 12:30 p.m.
Bracket Play - 3:00 p.m. / 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16
Bracket Play - 11:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m.
The Tigers finished 1-3 during the opening weekend of the season at the UNA Softball Invitational. TSU dropped two games on day one before splitting on day two. Beckey Melton and Patton Akers led the Big Blue offensively. Melton batted .429 and three walks for a .600 on base percentage. Akers led the team in hits, going 4-for-11 (.364) with team high three runs, two walks, an RBI, one stolen base and was hit by a pitch. Lauren Powell worked a pitching unit high 13.2 innings and posted a 2.56 ERA with 16 strikeouts opposed to three walks. Powell held opponents to a .218 average, but suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses. Raven Loveless picked up the lone Tiger win as she finished 1-1 on the weekend. Abbey Woodall led the squad with a 1.62 ERA in three appearances.
Powell, who sat out 2019 due to injury, wasted no time to climb in the TSU record books. The redshirt-senior moved into fourth on the Tigers all time strike out list with 226, passing Olivia Gamache (2011-14). Katie Schneider also climbed the record book, moving past Erin Finneran (2006-07) in career put outs with 584. Loveless recorded five assists through the first four games. A year ago, the sophomore led the nation for pitchers who did not play another defensive position, with 65 assists.
Top 2020 Statistical Tigers:
Avg.: Beckey Melton - .429
OBP: Beckey Melton - .600
Runs: Patton Akers - 3
Hits: Patton Akers - 4
Doubles: Sarah Snell, Lauren Faries - 2
Home Runs: Savanah Wallace - 1
RBI: Savanah Wallace, Sarah Snell - 2
Stolen Bases: Lauren Farias, Patton Akers, Ariel Johnson - 1
Base On Balls: Reese Weber - 4
Hit by Pitch: Patton Akers, Savanah Wallace - 1
ERA: Abbey Woodall - 1.62
Wins: Raven Loveless - 1
Innings Pitched: Lauren Powell - 13.2
Strikeouts: Lauren Powell - 16
North Alabama (4-0)
2019 Record: 26-20
Conference: Atlantic Sun
The Lions batted .376 as a team and averaged seven runs per game as the finished 4-0, including two wins over the Tigers. Harley Stokes hit the lone home run for UNA as she went 6-for-10 with two doubles, five RBI and five runs scored. Lexie Harper topped the lineup hitting at a .636 clip with three doubles, five runs batted in and five stolen bases. The Lions used five pitchers on the weekend and did not allow a run for the first 18 innings of play. Megan Garst tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while striking out 10 on her way to a 2-0 start. Maci Birdyshaw (1-0) surrendered one hit and no runs while fanning eight in five innings of work.
2019 Record: 37-20
The Golden Hurricane used seven home runs and five doubles to start the season 4-0. Chenise Delce led the way with three blasts and a double as she went 8-for-14 (.571). Alexis Perry hit .500 (6-for-12) with two dingers and nine RBI. Tulsa used four pitchers during the opening weekend with Delce working 11.2 of the teams 26.0 innings. Delce finished 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA while fanning 11. Samantha Pochop pitched 6.1 innings of scoreless ball while holding opponents to a .136 average and striking out 12. Kassidy Scott punched out nine batters in 7.0 innings of work and went 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA.
Mississippi State (4-0)
2019 Record: 35-23
The Bulldogs batted .343 and averaged just over six runs a game as they went 4-0 to open the season. Fa Leilua led the way going 6-for-12 (.500) with a double, a home run, three walks, three runs scored and a team high seven RBI. Candace Denis and Chloe Malau’ulu each drove in five runs. Denis batted .385 with a double and a dinger, while scoring five times, while Malau’ulu hit a team best two bombs. In the circle, MSU used three pitchers who combined for two shutouts and a 0.52 ERA. Grace Fagan finished 2-0 with a 0.70 ERA and struck out 14 in 10 innings as she held opponents to a .094 batting average. Emily Williams appeared in three games and went 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA. Williams fanned 12 batters in 8.1 innings of work, while Annie Willis sat down 10 in 8.2 frames. Willis did not allow an earned run and finished 1-0.
Career - Individual
9. Caitlin Eaton (2008-11), 118
10. Tedra Alford (2010-13), 116
-- Sarah Snell (2017-Present), 104
5. Tamara Perkins (2007-10), 76
6. Tedra Alford (2010-13), 61
7. Keisha Fenton (1994-97), 58
8. Sarah Snell (2017-Present), 56
4. Clorissa Patton (1994-97), 47
5. Jennifer Culberson (2009-10), 34
6. Sarah Snell (2017-Present), 33
1. Sarah Snell (2017-Present), 76
2. Brittany Webb (2008-11), 65
Hit by Pitch
4. Jill Gardner (2008-11), 22
5. Brittany Webb (2008-11), 20
6. Reese Weber (2017-Present), 15
7. Patton Akers (2017-Present), 12
5. Shannon Hicks (2001-04), 17
T6. Tarah Evanisko (2002-05), 12
T6. Raven Loveless (2019-Present), 12
T8. Olivia Gamache (2011-14), 11
T8. Lauren Powell (2016-Present), 11
5. Tarah Evanisko (2002-05), 97
6. Sarah Davis (1997-00), 95
7. Lauren Powell (2016-Present), 89
T4. Caitlin Eaton (2008-11), 68
T4. Tarah Evanisko (2002-05), 68
6. Olivia Gamache (2011-14), 65
7. Lauren Powell (2016-Present), 60
7. Shannon Hicks (2001-04), 391.0
8. Tarah Evanisko (2002-05), 371.0
9. Lauren Powell (2016-Present), 360.3
3. Caitlin Eaton (2008-11), 274
4. Lauren Powell (2016-Present), 226
5. Olivia Gamache (2011-14), 214
2. Andreka Crawley (1997-99), 656
3. Royesha Goodman (2008-09), 606
4. Katie Schneider (2018-Present), 585
5. Erin Finneran (2006-07), 583
1. Bridget Metzger (2007-10), 395
2. Sarah Snell (2017-Present), 324