NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State softball could not get its offense going as they dropped a pair of games on day two of the Tiger Classic. The Tigers were able to produce two unearned runs on Saturday, losing 4-2 to Alabama A&M after being shutout, 9-0, at the hands of Iowa State.
The Tigers put runners on in each of the first four innings against Iowa State, including two in the third, but were unable to advance past second base. TSU would put another runner on base in the sixth, only to have the Tiger stranded at third.
The Tigers scattered three hits and two walks against the Cyclones as they were fanned 11 times by Brianna Weilbacher.
Tiger starter Lauren Powell started strong retired the first eight batters before allowing back-to-back hits. The Cyclones would get to the sophomore pitcher with five runs in the fourth and added a pair of runs in the fifth and the sixth innings.
Powell (1-2) surrendered six earned runs on 11 hits and a walk in six innings of work. The Springboro, Ohio native fanned four batters.
In the night cap, the Tigers and starting pitcher Lauren Woodard spotted Alabama A&M a two run lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. TSU was down to its final out as Emma Colegrove lifted a fly to left field. The Tigers would get on the scoreboard as Colegrove’s fly ball was mishandled.
TSU evened the score a batter later as Danica Gleason drove a ball up the middle, plating pinch runner Chelsey Buchanan.
The Bulldogs took advantage of a Tiger miscue in the sixth inning to push across the deciding two runs. AAMU threatened to add to their lead as shortstop Tiana Sanders ripped a ball down the right field line. Patton Akers kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard with a diving catch.
TSU put runners on in each of the final two innings, but was unable to get any closer.
TSU fell to 3-5 on the season, while ISU improved to 6-3 and AAMU moved to 3-6 on the year.
The Tiger Classic concludes with a 12:00 p.m. contest between TSU and Iowa State.