|February 22, 2020||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: POWELL (1-4)||4.2||7||1||1||0||6|
|Loss: MARKS (1-1)||1.2||4||4||4||3||1|
GAME 11: Tennessee State 7, Central Connecticut 1
RECORDS: TSU (3-8), CCSU (1-2)
FIELD: Tiger Field
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Sunny, 55
NASHVILLE --- The bats for Tennessee State came alive on day two of the Tiger Classic with five extra base hits. The power surge led to a 7-1 win over Central Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.
Kayli Mothershed spearheaded the TSU attack, going 2-for-2 with a double and a home run. The freshman recorded the first hit of her career with a two-bagger to left center in the fifth inning. Mothershed followed up the milestone with a two-run blast over the fence in centerfield an inning later.
The Tigers opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning and added two more in the second. Reese Weber delivered a two-run double in the first to give TSU the lead, while Bri Vire produced a two-run double of her own in the second.
Lauren Farias opened the fourth inning with a triple to right center and scored two batters later, giving the Tigers a 5-0 lead. The runs would stand as Lauren Powell and Raven Loveless teamed up in the circle for the win.
Powell (1-4) earned her first win of the year working the first 4.2 innings, surrendering a run on seven hits. The redshirt-senior struck out six before giving way to Loveless. The sophomore hurler earned the save allowing one hit in 2.1 innings. Loveless fanned two batters and joined Powell in not issuing a walk.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Five separate batters earned hits on the day.
- Bri Vire, Lauren Farias and Kayli Mothershed each recorded two hits.
- Mothershed accomplished the feat after entering in the fifth.
- Vire, Mothershed and Reese Weber collected doubles.
- Farias earned a triple, while Mothershed homered.
- Weber, Vire and Mothershed each drove in two runs.
- Snell and Vire crossed home plate on two occasions.
- Weber batted out of the four-hole and was replaced by Mothershed.
- The duo combined to go 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, a run and four RBI.
- Lauren Powell earned her first win of the season and fanned six batters.
- Raven Loveless worked the final 2.1 innings to record the first save of the season.
- The Tigers and Blue Devils both left seven runners on base.
TENNESSEE STATE 7, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT 1
- Reese Weber put the Tigers on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-runb double to centerfield.
- Sarah Snell, who earned a leadoff walk, and Bri Vire, who registered the first hit of the game, scored on the play.
- TSU added two more in the second on a clutch two-out, two-run double to left center.
- Snell scored for the second time on the day and was followed by Patton Akers to make the score 4-0.
- Lauren Farias would get things started again in the fourth with a leadoff triple.
- Two batters later, Farias scored on an error off the bat of Snell.
- Kayli Mothershed closed out the scoring with a two-run home run to straight away center, plating Vire.
- Lauren Powell scattered five hits over four innings before giving up back-to-back two doubles in the fifth.
- Raven Loveless came on in relief and retired the next five batters.
- Loveless sat down the final two batters of the contest after allowing a one out single in the seventh.
- Powell struck out six, while Loveless fanned two.
- Neither pitcher issued a walk.
TSU will close out play in the Tiger Classic versus Rider at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
- The Tigers wore their blue jerseys with white pants and blue socks.
- Lauren Farias registered her first career triple in the fourth.
- Kayli Mothershed recorded her first collegiate hit with a double in the fifth inning.
- Mothershed picked up her first career home run with a two-run blast in the sixth.
- Sarah Snell scored two runs tied Keisha Felton (1994-97) for seventh all time in runs scored at TSU.
- Lauren Powell earned her 12th career win, moving into a tie for seventh with Tarah Evanisko (2002-05) on the TSU win list.
- The win for Powell was her first since Mar. 10, 2018, after redshirting during the 2019 season.