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March 11, 20201234567RHE
Tennessee State0020000263
Middle Tennessee100321X771
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: MEAD (1-3) 2.040022
Loss: POWELL (3-6) 6.077524
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
VIRE (TSU) 302000
BURGESS (MT) 412100
KIRBY (MT) 302300
March 11, 20201234567RHE
Tennessee State1000000161
Middle Tennessee200201X581
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: DODD (3-0) 7.061105
Loss: LOVELESS (3-3) 6.085423
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
SCHNEIDER (TSU) 302000
BURGESS (MT) 412100
Akers Homer Not Enough for Tigers at Middle Tennessee
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Akers Homer Not Enough for Tigers at Middle Tennessee
Photo by MT Athletic Communications / Josh Padilla

GAME 17: Middle Tennessee 7, Tennessee State 2
GAME 18: 
Middle Tennessee 5, Tennessee State 1
RECORDS: 
TSU (7-11), MT (15-13)
FIELD: 
Blue Raiders Field
LOCATION: 
Murfreesboro, Tenn.
WEATHER: 
Partly Clear, 58

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.
 --- The Tennessee State softball team dropped both ends of a double header at Middle Tennessee on Wednesday evening. The Tigers held early leads in both games before falling 7-2 in game one and 5-1 in the night cap.

Patton Akers highlighted the night with her first home run of the season, but the solo shot was not enough for the Big Blue in game two. Akers collected a hit in each game, ripping a double in the opener. The hits were one of six the Tigers collected as a unit in each game. Katie Schneider led with two hits in game one, while Bri Vire picked up two in the night game.

TSU used back-to-back doubles by Sarah Snell and Akers in the third inning of the first game to produce its first run, tying the score at 1-1. The Tigers took the leadtwo batters later as Akers scored on a ground out by Beckey Melton.

The Tigers were not able to score again, despite loading the bases in three other innings. TSU was unable to threaten the Blue Raiders throughout the evening as they stranded 18 runners, nine in each contest.

Lauren Powell was tagged with the loss in game one, allowing seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and two walks. Powell struck put four as she fell to 3-6 on the season. Raven Loveless went the distance in game two, surrendering five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks. Loveless fanned 3-3 and is now 3-3 in 2020.

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 7, TENNESSEE STATE 2

BOX SCORE

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 5, TENNESSEE STATE 1
BOX SCORE

 

UP NEXT:
TSU travels to Memphis to take part in the Tiger Classic beginning on Saturday, Mar. 14. The Tigers face Syracuse and Memphis on Saturday followed by games with UMass-Lowell and Purdue on Sunday.

NOTES:

  • The Tigers wore their white jerseys with blue pants and blue socks.
  • Lauren Powell started for the 65th time in her career, tying Olivia Gamache 2011-14) for sixth all time at TSU.
  • Powell passed Eaton (398.0) and Gamache (395.0) to move into 5th on the TSU career innings pitched list.
  • Sarah Snell two hits tied for ninth with Caitlin Eaton (2008-11) with 118.
  • Patton Akers hit the second home run of her career; her first came in the opening weekend of her junior season against Auburn.
  • Akers extended her hitting streak to six games in which she has totaled 11 knocks.
  • Snell earned a hit in each game and increased her reached base streak to 11 games.
  • The 11 game streak matches the Tigers best of the season set by Reese Weber.

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