GAME 7: Mississippi State 3, Tennessee State 1
GAME 8: Tennessee State 2, Tulsa 1 (10 innings)
RECORDS: TSU (2-6), MSU (7-1), Tulsa (7-1)
FIELD: Nuwz Field
LOCATION: Starkville, Miss.
WEATHER: Mostly Sunny, 50
STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Tennessee State earned a spot in the championship game of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic with an upset win over Tulsa. The Tigers claimed a 2-1 10 inning decision over the undefeated Golden Hurricanes in the first bracket play game.
TSU fell to Mississippi State in the first game of the day, 3-0, and was the fourth seed after pool play and drew top seeded, Tulsa who finished 3-0 and was 7-0 on the season.
Raven Loveless went the distance, using 108 pitches in 10 innings of work. Loveless scattered seven hits and three walks; allowing just one run. The sophomore pitcher finished with one strikeout as she improved to 2-1 on the season.
Lauren Farias led the offense in the night cap with three hits and scoring the game winning run in the tenth. Farias crossed home plate as Beckey Melton came up with the clutch two out single.
In the opener, Lauren Powell fell to 0-4 as she once again suffered another hard fought loss. Powell held the Bulldogs to one hit through the first five innings and took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth. MSU struck for three runs on four hits, the last two coming with two outs.
The Tigers were held to two hits in the contest with their best scoring chance coming in the second. Melton led off the inning with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Jillian Rodriguez. Reese Weber followed with a shot to the gap in right center allowing Rodriguez to attempt to score from first. The Bulldogs executed the relay play to cut down the Tiger runner at the plate.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Lauren Faries went 3-for-4 in game two.
- Six Tigers registered hits on the day.
- Reese Weber and Sarah Snell finished one hit behind Farias, with two.
- Ariel Johnson, Patton Akers and Beckey Melton each grabbed one knock.
- Farias and Weber each tallied a double.
- Melton picked up both RBI in the final game of the day.
- Akers scored the first run of the day for TSU, while Farias scored the final run.
- Raven Lovelss picthed all 10 innings against Tulsa, allowing seven hits, three walks and one one run.
- Loveless struck out one batter as she improved to 2-1 on the season.
- Lauren Powell dropped to 0-4 as she was touched for three runs on five hits against Mississippi State.
- Powell struck out three batters, inproving her season total 21.
- Katie Schneider totaled 22 putouts in game two.
- Farias made eight assists in game two, while Johnson and Loveless each recorded six.
- The Tigers left 11 runners on base, 10 coming in game two against Tulsa.
- TSU placed runners on base in 10 of the 17 innings played.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 3, TENNESSEE STATE 1
- Lauren Powell was in control as she retired the first eight batters with some spectacular plays from her defense, before surrendering a two out single in the bottom of the third.
- The hurler would get the next batter to end the threat and went on to sit down the next six batters she faced.
- MSU would pick a leadoff single in the sixth off Powell and manufactured a run two batters later to take a 1-0 lead.
- With two outs, the Bulldogs would add two more runs to build a 3-0 lead.
- Offensively, the Tigers best scoring chance came in the top of the second.
- Beckey Melton walked and was replaced by pinch runner Jillian Rodriguez.
- Reese Weber followed with a shot to the fence in right center giving Rodriguez a chance to score from first.
- The Bulldogs pulled off the relay and tagged out the Tiger freshman just before she could get low enough to avoid the tag.
- Ariel Johnson was the only other Tiger to reach base, leading off the third with a single and the sixth with a walk.
- Johnson was unable to advance either time.
TENNESSEE STATE 2, TULSA 1 (10 INNINGS)
- TSU struck first as Patton Akers and Sarah Snell led off with back-to-back singles.
- The duo advanced 60 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Bri Vire, who reached on an error.
- Melton followed with a fielder’s choice to second, which allowed Akers to score the first run of the game.
- The Big Blue would continue to place runners on base in five of the next six innings, led by Lauren Farias who notched three hits, including a leadoff double in the seventh.
- The Tigers would strand seven runners over the next six frames.
- In the circle, Raven Loveless worked out of trouble in each of the first three innings.
- The Golden Hurricanes would put runners in scoring position each inning before Loveless closed the door.
- The sophomore settled in and needed just four pitches to retire the side in the fourth and five in the fifth.
- Tulsa evened the score in the sixth on a sacrifice fly, but could not push across another, leaving a runner on third.
- The Golden Hurricanes looked to close out the game in the seventh as they opened with a leadoff triple.
- Loveless enticed a ground out before issuing a walk, which was vital for the Tigers.
- Tulsa looked as if they were going to win the game as a fly ball was hit to Bri Vire in right field.
- Vire came up firing to Katie Schneider at first to double off the runner at first for a force out, erasing the would-be game winning run from third.
- Neither team could anything going over the next two innings before entering the international tiebreaker in the 10th.
- Melton stepped up and delivered a two out single through the right side of the infield to plate Farias from third.
- With one out and two runners in scoring position in the 10th, the Tigers spoiled a squeeze attempt by Tulsa for the second out and leaving the batter with two strikes.
- On the next pitch, Loveless forced a ground ball, which she handled herself to end the game.
The Tigers will face Mississippi State in the championship game of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
- The Tigers wore their blue jerseys with white pants and blue socks.
- Temperature at the start of game one was 50 degrees.
- Temparture at the start of game two was 57 degrees.
- Lauren Farias registered her first career three-hit game during contest against Tulsa.
- Katie Schneider recorded an NCAA season high of 22 putouts during the Tigers win over Tulsa.
- Farias notched eight assists in the contest, which is also the most in Division-I in 2020.
- Schneider passed Royesha Goodman (2008-09) on the TSU career Put Outs list and is now third.
- Goodman finished her career with 606; Schneider currently has 622 and is 34 behind Andreka Crawley (1997-99) who is in second with 656.