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February 29, 20201234567RHE
Arkansas-Pine Bluff00211206111
Tennessee State050102X8103
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: POWELL (2-4) 1.100003
Loss: Hubbard (1-11) 2.022220
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Schwan (UAPB) 422000
Gerwitz (UAPB) 402100
Jackson (UAPB) 302100
Akins (UAPB) 412000
Patt (UAPB) 212100
AKERS (TSU) 422000
February 29, 20201234567RHE
Tennessee State20001205112
Mississippi Val St00300036103
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Matthews (1-3) 2.042001
Loss: POWELL (2-5) 4.143327
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
AKERS (TSU) 403100
Smith (MVSU) 312210
Sanchez (MVSU) 302100
Slater (MVSU) 302110
Davis (MVSU) 402200
Come From Behind Win, Spoils Tigers Attempt at A Sweep in Mississippi
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Come From Behind Win, Spoils Tigers Attempt at A Sweep in Mississippi

 

GAME 13: Tennessee State 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6
GAME 14: 
Mississippi Valley State 6, Tennessee State 5
RECORDS: 
TSU (5-9), UAPB (1-15), MVSU (3-10)
FIELD: 
MVSU Softball Field
LOCATION: 
Itta Bena, Miss.
WEATHER: 
Sunny, 65

ITTA BENA, Miss.
 --- Mississippi Valley State score three runs in the seventh inning to spoil a potential sweep for Tennessee State on day two of the MVSU Legends Classic Tournament. The Tigers claimed an 8-6 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in game one before dropping the heartbreaker to MVSU, 6-5.

In the opener, Katie Schneider got things rolling in a big way with a grand slam to left field. The blast gave the Big Blue an early 4-0 lead in the second inning. The Tigers then took advantage of a UAPB miscue to tack on another run in the frame.

TSU added a much needed run in the fourth, as the Golden Lions started to chip away at the lead with two runs in the third, another in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. With the score tied 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers made UAPB pay for surrendering a pair of one out walks. Beckey Melton delivered a hit to drive home Jillian Rodriguez, a batter before Ariel Johnson scored on a hard shot back at the pitcher off the bat of Lauren Faries.

Luaren Powell entered in relief of starter Raven Loveless and went on to garner the victory, tossing 1.1 innings. Powell did not allow a base runner and struck out three as she picked up her second win of the season.

In the nightcap, Reese Weber gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-out, two-run double down the third base line. Weber would strike again, delivering another two-out RBI, this time to tie the game at 3-3, after MVSU scored three in the bottom of the third off starter Abbey Woodall.

TSU produced a two-out, bases empty rally in the sixth to retake the lead. Savanah Wallace started things off with a pinch hit single and was followed by a Valley error and a Patton Akers run scoring single. The Tigers added another one batter later on another miscue off the bat of Bri Vire.

Powell entered in spell of Woodall with one out in the third and kept MVSU in check, retiring 12 of the next 14 batters. The only two batters to reach were way of an error and a walk. During the span, Powell fanned six batters.

The senior pitcher seemed in control until MVSU pieced together three consecutive base hits and scoring on a bases loaded walk. Powell would strike out the next batter just ahead of the game winning single that plated the final two runs.

Powell was tagged with the loss in game two and fell to 2-5 on the season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Tennessee State produced 21 hits on the day, finishing with a .350 batting average.
  • Patton Akers went 5-for-8 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
  • Katie Schneider and Sarah Snell each finished with three hits.
  • Analeigh Coursey and Reese Weber notched two apiece.
  • Coursey, Snell and Weber joined Akers with a double.
  • Snell registered the lone triple of the day, while Schneider hammered the only home run.
  • Schneider’s dinger was in the form of a grand slam, giving the junior four runs batted in.
  • Weber and Melton both drove in three runs.
  • The Tigers struck out just six times one the day, opposed to 14 tallied by the pitching staff.
  • Lauren Powell fanned 10 on the day, while Raven Loveless finished with three and Abbey Woodall had one.

TENNESSEE STATE 8, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 6
BOX SCORE

 

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 6, TENNESSEE STATE 5
BOX SCORE

 

UP NEXT:
The Tigers will face Florida A&M at 11:00 a.m. on day two of the MVSU Legends Classic Tournament in Itta Bena, Miss. TSU will then face MVSU in a rematch at 1:00 p.m. to close out the tournament.

NOTES:

  • The Tigers wore their white jerseys with blue pants and white socks.
  • Sarah Snell scored three runs on Saturday giving her 62 for her career.
  • Snell is sixth on the TSU career list, passing Tedra Alford (2010-13) who finished with 61.
  • Lauren Powell made two appearances on Saturday increasing her career total to 96.
  • Powell is now sixth at TSU, moving past Sarah Davis (1997-00) at 95 and is one behind Tarah Evanisko (2002-05) with 97.
  • With the win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Powell moves into a tie for sixth in career wins with Raven Loveless with 13.
  • The three hit performance against MVSU for Patton Akers, is the second of her career.
  • The first came on April 10, 2010 at Belmont.

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