MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State bats were silent on day one of the Blues City Classic as they dropped both games on Friday morning. The Tigers collected one run on six hits as they fell to 4-11 on the season.
TSU dropped a five inning contest to Louisiana Tech, 10-0, before falling to Wright State 9-1 in six innings. The Lady Techsters improved to 12-5, while the Raiders moved to 3-9 on the young season.
In the opener, Louisiana Tech jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first off starter Lauren Powell. The Lady Techsters would add seven more in the third to produce the 10-0 margin. Powell was tagged with five runs in the loss on five hits and fanned two batters in 2.0 innings of work. Lauren Woodard replaced Powell (1-4) in the top of the third and was touched for five runs on six hits and a walk.
Amanda Cabrera replaced Woodard, after two innings of relief, and struck one batter while allowing a hit and a walk in her lone inning in the circle.
Selena Crafton led off the bottom of the first with her third double of the season and moved to third on a passed ball. The freshman outfielder was cut down at home plate on a double steal attempt after a Patton Akers walk, ending the Tigers early threat to answer the LT runs.
Kasey Cox just missed her first collegiate home run down the left field line, but was held to a single to open the Tigers third. The junior would be stranded at third, as she represented the last hit TSU would get in the contest.
In game two, Wright State would take advantage of a leadoff error and four consecutive two out hits and a hit batter to score four unearned runs off starter Tori Hart. Cabrera would enter in the first to record the final out closing the book on Hart who struck out one batter as she suffered the loss, falling to 3-4.
The Tigers tried to respond in the first with a walk and a hit by Akers and Danica Gleason, respectively. TSU would push a run across as Sarah Snell and Akers executed a double steal, cutting the lead to 4-1.
WSU answered back in the top half of the second inning with two runs off Cabrera and added an unearned run in the fifth and two earned runs in the sixth. The freshman hurler exited the game after surrendering five runs, four earned on eight hits and two walks while striking out two in 4.1 innings.
The Tigers could only manage three more hits, scattered throughout the final five innings, off the bats of Megan Huppee, Crafton and Cox.
The Tigers continue play at the Blues City Classic on Saturday evening with a 6:00 p.m. contest with Arkansas-Pine Bluff.