April 25, 20181234567RHE
Middle Tennessee0002100373
Tennessee State0010000120
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: BALDWIN (9-7) 7.021123
Loss: HART (0-12) 7.073311
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
BURGESS (MT) 401000
BIRDSONG (MT) 201100
USELTON (MT) 301000
CUSHING (MT) 301100
DE LA CRUZ (MT) 101000
CUCCIA (MT) 301000
MCGEE (MT) 211000
WEBER (TSU) 302100
Tigers Fall to Middle Tennessee, 3-1
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tigers Fall to Middle Tennessee, 3-1

GAME 45: Middle Tennessee 3, Tennessee State 1
RECORDS:
TSU (3-42), MT (31-18)
FIELD: Tiger Field
LOCATION: Nashville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Cloudy, 70

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State softball program earned an early lead on Wednesday evening versus Middle Tennessee, but the advantage would be short lived. The Blue Raiders responded with a pair of runs in their next at bat and added an insurance run to claim a 3-1 win at Tiger Field.

Reese Weber earned the lone hits for the Tigers with a single in the first and an RBI double in the third. Weber drove a ball to the fence in right field to chase home Bri Vire for the early 1-0 lead.

The Blue Raiders responded with two runs on two hits and a walk off starter Tori Hart. The sophomore pitcher tossed a complete game and scattered seven hits and a walk on the evening.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Reese Weber finished 2-for-3 with a double.
  • Weber reached base in all three plate appearances, the final via a fielding error.
  • Sarah Snell and Ariel Johnson each earned walks.
  • Johnson stole her fifth base of the season.

THE GAME 

  • Tori Hart surrendered a lead off single before retiring the 10 batters, including a strikeout for the final out.
  • Sarah Snell opened the game with a walk for the Tigers and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bri Vire.
  • Reese Weber singled through the left side of the infield, moving Snell to third, before being stranded.
  • Ariel Johnson opened the third with a walk and moved 60 feet on a Snell sacrifice bunt.
  • Johnson was caught between third and home as Bri Vire reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on the play.
  • Weber followed with her second hit of the game, a double to the fence in right field, plating Vire.
  • The Blue Raiders responded with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
  • The defense shined in the seventh inning throwing two runners at home plate.
  • Katie Schneider gunned down the first runner at the plate on a ground ball to first.
  • Two pitches later, the Tigers thwarted a double steal attempt as Sarah Snell cut a ball to second and fired home to Whitney Ennis to cut down the would be base stealer.

UP NEXT

TSU returns to the road for a pair of Ohio Valley Conference double headers. The Tigers travel to Cape Girardeau to take on Southeast Missouri before heading for a pair of games at UT Martin.

NOTES

  • The Tigers wore their all white uniforms with the blue stirups with horizontal red and white stripes
  • First pitch of game one was at 6:01 p.m.
  • Game duration was 1:33
  • Sarah Snell earned a walk in the first inning, the 46th of her career
  • The base on balls moves Snell into a tie for 7th all-time at TSU, matching Tayler Shimizu (2012-15)
  • TSU has dropped 26 straight games

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