PHOTO GALLERY VS. MARIST | PHOTO GALLERY VS. PORTLAND STATE
(By Sam Jordan)
GAME 6: Marist 6, Tennessee State 4
GAME 7: Portland State 5, Tennessee State 4
RECORDS: TSU (1-6), Marist (3-0), PSU (7-8)
FIELD: Tiger Field
LOCATION: NAshville, Tenn.
WEATHER: Mostly Cloudy, 42
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State fell short in a pair of contests on day one of the Tiger Classic. In the home opener, TSU dropped a 6-2 contest to Marist and lost a late inning lead, falling to Portland State, 5-4.
In both contests, the Tigers jumped out to an early with runs in the first inning, only to fall victims to late inning heroics by their opponents. Reese Weber delivered an RBI single in the opening frame of game one to bring home Katie Schneider for the early 1-0 lead. The advantage held until Marist produced back-to-back two-run doubles in a five run fifth inning,
Schneider hit her first home run of the season in the bottom half of the fifth, but it was not enough as the Red Foxes added another run for the 6-2 decision.
In game two, TSU exploded out of the gate with three runs in the bottom of the first. Schneider, Weber and Megan Huppee all picked up RBI singles giving the Big Blue a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers extended the gap to 4-0 as Schneider delivered again with a double off the base of the wall down the left field wall to chase home Bri Vire who reached on a two-out single.
Portland State would begin to chip away with a run in the third and another in the fifth. The Vikings pulled ahead in the sixth on a three-run home run by Sala Pedebone. The Tigers would go down in order over the final two innings, as they fell to 1-6 on the season.
Raven Loveless suffered the loss in both game, moving to 1-2 on the year. The freshman worked the first 4.1 innings against Marist, allowing five runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Loveless went the distance versus PSU, surrendering five runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks.
Jessina Espinoza spelled Loveless in the opener, tossing 2.2 innings. Espinoza was touched for a run on one hit and one walk. The fellow freshman fanned three during her appearance.
Schneider worked a perfect seventh inning in the night cap.
The Tigers willl face ETSU on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., followed with a contest against North Alabama at 6:00 p.m..