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Tennessee State0000001144
Valparaiso000030X363
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Grossmann (1-0) 7.041027
Loss: POWELL (0-1) 6.063029
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
VIRE (TSU) 401000
WEBER (TSU) 301000
O'KANE (TSU) 311000
STEPHENS (TSU) 201000
Lawson (VALPO) 312010
Burke (VALPO) 302100
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Tennessee State00001121
Troy1350X990
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Graves (1-0) 5.021137
Loss: CABRERA (0-1) 2.055521
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
COX (TSU) 201100
VIRE (TSU) 101010
Corbett (TROY) 312100
Webb (TROY) 302400
Tigers Drop Two on Opening Day
Friday, February 9, 2018
Tigers Drop Two on Opening Day

PHOTO GALLERY VS VALPARAISO | PHOTO GALLERY VS TROY


GAME 1: Valparaiso 3, Tennessee State 1
GAME 2: Troy 9, Tennessee State 1 (5)
RECORDS: TSU (0-2), Valpo (1-1), Troy (1-0)
FIELD: Troy Softball Complex
LOCATION: Troy, Ala.
WEATHER: Cloudy with some Rain, 54

TROY, Ala. --- The Tennessee State softball team dropped a pair of games to open the 2018 season. The Tigers were delayed to start the day due to early rain fall at the Troy Invitational. TSU fell 3-1 in game one to Valparaiso and 9-1 in five innings to the host Trojans.

Junior pitcher Lauren Powell tossed a gem in the front end of a twin bill by striking out nine batters while tossing a complete game. Powell (0-1) surrendered three unearned runs on six hits and two walks as she suffered the loss.

Bri Vire started her collegiate career with a hit in each game, while adding a walk in the night cap, to finish the day with a .500 on base percentage. Seniors Whitney Ennis and Kasey Cox drove in the only two runs of the day for the Tigers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • The Tigers collected six hits on the day
  • TSU surrendered no earned runs in the first game of the day
  • Tennessee State combined for five walks through two games
  • Bri Vire led the Tigers with two hits on the day
  • Abi Stephens, Reese Weber, Kasey Cox and Erica O’Kane each collected hits
  • Cox and O’Kane registered doubles
  • Cox and Whitney Ennis drove in the only two runs of the day
  • O’Kane and Kierra Ware scored the Tigers two runs
  • Sarah Snell was the lone Tiger to swipe a base
  • Lauren Powell fanned nine batters versus Valparaiso
  • Powell finished one punch out shy of her career best

GAME 1

  • Reese Weber opened the second inning with a single
  • TSU was unable to move Weber past second
  • Sarah Snell reached base in the fourth on a two out error
  • Snell moved to second on the team’s first stolen base of the year
  • In the fifth inning, the Tigers put a runner on for the third consecutive inning
  • Emma Colegrove was issued a walk and moved to second on an Abi Stephens sacrifice bunt
  • The Crusaders took the lead in the bottom of the fifth with three runs in the fifth
  • An error to start the inning produced three unearned runs
  • The sixth inning began with Bri Vire collecting the first hit of her career
  • Vire was eliminated from the base path one batter later as Patton Akers lined into a double play
  • The Tigers tried to come back in the seventh as Erica O’Kane started the inning with a double to left field
  • O’Kane scored three batters later on a fielder’s choice by Whitney Ennis
  • The Tigers loaded the bases before falling short of its comeback

GAME 2

  • The Trojans scored a run in the first, three in the second and five in the third to take a 9-0 lead
  • Vire was the first Tiger to reach base with a single with two outs in the third
  • TSU was unable to take advantage of a Weber two-out walk in the fourth
  • Colegrove reached on a base on balls to start the fifth and was lifted in favor of pinch runner Kierra Ware
  • Kasey Cox followed with a shot off the leftfield fence chasing home Ware to put the Tigers on the board

UP NEXT
The schedule has been revised due to the potential of rain throughout the day. The Tigers will face Valparaiso at 9:00 a.m. followed immediately with a contest against Alabama State.
 

NOTES

  • Andrea Browning coached her first two games as a collegiate head coach
  • The Tigers wore white tops with blue horizontal stripes, white pants and blue socks
  • The Big Blue served as visitors in both games on Friday
  • The first game of the day was delayed by 55 minutes due to rain

QUOTES
Head Coach Andrea Browning

- Opening Statement
“It was a good day, it was a good start. We did not get the results that we wanted, but we got a lot of people out there to get some experience. We got to see the things that we need to go back and work on. We definitely need to be more aggressive at the plate. Pitching was great in game one. LP (Lauren Powell) pitched a gem and I am super proud of her. She pitched well enough to win that game. The best thing about the day was the effort and the attitude. Everybody is staying positive and enthusiastic, and we are looking to go do some big things tomorrow.”

- On bright spots from day one
“Bri Vire was the only kid that had a hit in each game and that is a huge plus for us from a first year. Kasey Cox got a huge RBI in game two that got the team really excited. You start to see some of the pieces coming together. They are communicating well with each other on and off the field. Also the effort is remarkable. And Lauren Powell striking out nine in game one, that’s huge, and I look forward to see her growth throughout the year.”

Freshman Outfielder Bri Vire
- On adjustments at the plate
“After the first game, and having a little bit of a struggle there, I stepped aside with coach T (Tyler Sadler) and he told me I need to get my hands through and stop casting. So I made the adjustments in the second game and got a hit.”

- On first collegiate at bats
“I was a little nervous in my first at bat; I’m not going to lie. But with the team backing me up and coach Andrea (Browning) cheering me on also, really helped.”

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