GAME 12: Cleveland State 3, Tennessee State 2
RECORDS: TSU (0-12), CSU (8-6)
FIELD: Tiger Field
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Cloudy, 57
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State softball team came up short against Cleveland State as they closed out the home opening weekend on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers had to wait over five hours due to overnight rains which forced schedule changes to the final day of the TSU/Belmont Winter Warmup. TSU was not able to get over the delay, dropping a 3-2 contest to the Vikings.
The Tigers outhit the Vikings, 5-3, but could not overcome an early deficit as they moved to 0-12 on the season. Trailing 3-0, TSU tried to charge back with a pair of runs off three hits in the third inning.Relief pitcher Lauren Powell would keep CSU at bay, but the Big Blue could get no closer.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Erica O’Kane has reached safely in nine consecutive games as she was issued a walk in her final at bat.
- Sarah Snell currently had the teams longest hit streak, at three games.
- Patton Akers delivered her first hits of the season, finishing 2-for-2 at the plate.
- Akers scored a run, drove one runner in and stole a base.
- Snell notched her first extra base hit of the season with a double.
- Maddison Clark and Megan Huppee delivered the other two hits on the day for TSU.
- Amanda Cabrera fell to 0-3 as she was tagged with the loss after giving up a run on three walks in 0.2 innings of work.
- Lauren Powell allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks in 6.1 frames.
- Cleveland State used three walks, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch to score off starter Amanda Cabrera.
- Lauren Powell entered in the first inning and tossed the remaining 6.1 innings.
- Powell was touched for two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks.
- Trailing 3-0 in the third, Megan Huppee collected the Tigers first hit of the game to open the bottom half of the frame.
- Huppee went from first to third on a sacrifice bunt by Whitney Ennis.
- Patton Akers drove a ball through the left side of the infield for her first hit of the season and bringing home the Tigers first run of the game.
- After a Kasey Cox ground out that advanced Akers 60 feet, Sarah Snell dropped a double into left center to move within one of the Vikings, 3-2.
- Maddison Clark tried to start a two-out rally in the fourth with a single up the middle and a stolen base.
- Huppee walked to give the Tigers two base runners, but TSU could not capitalize.
- Akers second hit of the game came on a bunt single to open the fifth inning.
- Akers stole second and moved to third on a Cox bunt.
- Once again, CSU stopped the Tigers attempt to even the score.
- Erica O’Kane walked to open the sixth, giving the Tigers a runner for the fourth straight inning.
- CSU turned a double play to end the threat as Katie Schneider lined out to first base, which forced out pinch runner Kierra Ware who was running on the pitch.
- Vikings reliever Mackenzie Joecken came in to close out the Tigers with a one, two, three inning.
The Tigers will continue their non-conference schedule with a trip to DeLand,,Fla. for the Hatter Classic hosted by Stetson University. TSU will play five games, including contests against Bethune-Cookman, Drexel, Cornell and two versus the home standing Hatters.
- The Tigers wore the all grey uniforms with blue socks
- Erica O’Kane tossed her second consecutive complete game
- O’Kane matched Lauren Powell for number of complete games on the season
- TSU outhit their opponents for the second time this season
- The first took place on Feb. 17 in a 8-7 loss to Indiana State