Big Inning Hinders Tigers
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A big seven-run second inning loomed large against Tennessee State in its hopes to salvage a win at Tennessee Tech. The Tigers fell 8-1 as they dropped all three games to the Golden Eagles in a key Ohio Valley Conference series. On the weekend, TSU (16-30, 4-12) fell from ninth, while TTU (15-31, 7-10) jumped from tenth to seventh.
Tech sent eleven batters to the plate in the second and used five hits, two walks and a Tiger error to produce the seven runs. In the top of the third, Liz Stansberry drove in Courtney Gearlds with a sacrifice fly to right. Gearlds reached on a one-out triple, her second of the year.
TTU added a run in the fourth inning for starter Danielle Libertore. The Tech hurler improved to 5-9, allowing four hits and a walk, while picking up six strikeouts.
Olivia Gamache (4-10) suffered the loss as the Golden eagles collected seven hits and six walks to score eight runs, five earned. Gamache fanned four and is six away from becoming the fourth pitcher in TSU history to reach 200 in a career.
Kate Morris, Jayna Hanawahine and Ashley Haynes each finished 1-for-3.
TSU will return to Tiger Field for a pair of OVC double headers. The final home games of the season begin with a twin bill on Friday versus SIU Edwardsville, followed by a double dip against Eastern Illinois on Saturday.