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Games 10-13: HBCU Classic
Date: Saturday, Mar. 9 - Sunday, Mar. 10, 2019
Times: Various Times
Location: Acworth, Ga.
Venue: Patriots Park
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
TSU travels to Acworth, Ga. to take part in the HBCU Classic. The Tigers will play four games during the two-day event. Saturday’s opponents for TSU are Alabama State and Prairie View A&M, while matchups with Jackson State and Grambling are on tap for Sunday. This marks the first time the Tigers have faced off against PVAMU and only the second time versus Grambling, a win for the Big Blue in 2015. TSU holds a 6-2 advantage over JSU and has won 11 contests in 15 games against Alabama State.
The Tigers are coming off a heartbreaking extra inning 10-9 loss to Appalachian State on Tuesday afternoon. Reese Weber led the way offensively by extending her hit streak to five games with a three hit performance. Katie Schneider, Megan Huppee and Lauren Farias all chipped in with two hits apiece. Huppee blasted a two-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend the game to the ninth inning. Beckey Melton forced extra innings with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning. The hit allowed Melton to extend her streak of reaching base safely to nine games. Sarah Snell earned four walks on the afternoon and in doing so, moved into second place on the Tigers Career Base on Balls list. The junior has walked 58 times, passing Bridget Metzger (54, 2007-10) and Caitlin Eaton (57, 2008-11) in the game against the Mountaineers. Brittany Webb (2008-11) holds the TSU record with 65 walks in her career.
Top Statistical Tigers:
Avg.: Reese Weber - .419
OBP: Megan Huppee - .478
Runs: Bri Vire - 6
Hits: Reese Weber - 13
Doubles: Reese Weber, Katie Schneider - 3
Home Runs: Sarah Snell, Patton Akers, Beckey Melton, Katie Schneider, Megan Huppee - 1
RBI: Katie Schneider - 7
Stolen Bases: Sarah Snell, Kiera Ware - 2
Base On Balls: Sarah Snell - 8
Hit by Pitch: Megan Huppee - 3
ERA: Jessina Espinoza - 3.00
Wins: Raven Loveless, Megan Huppee - 1
Saves: Raven Loveless - 1
Innings Pitched: Raven Loveless - 28.2
Strikeouts: Raven Loveless - 14
Alabama State (8-8)
2018 Record: 23-31
The Hornets are hitting .283 as a team and are led by Vanessa Bradford who is batting .444 (8-for-18), double, a home run and six RBI. Hailey Walker follows Bradford with a .324 average, six runs, two doubles, a dinger and eight runs batted in. In the circle, Justine Jean has tossed 51.1 innings while posting a 4-3 record with a 3.43 ERA, a shutout and 33 strikeouts. Bradford has worked 34.0 innings and has compiled a 3-4 record with a 3.50 ERA, while Charlene Castro is 1-1 with a 1.91 ERA, a save and 13 punch outs in 22.0 innings.
Prairie View A&M (8-7)
2018 Record: 20-23
The Panthers boast three batters over .300, led by Diavionne Dwait who is hitting .438 with five runs, a double and a home run in 16 at bats. Destinee Williams is 18 of 44 (.409) with two doubles, a dinger, eight runs batted in and a team high nine runs. Laurisa Hernandez rounds out the trio at a .387 clip and a team best 10 RBI. In the circle, Crystal Castillo is 3-3 with a 3.08 ERA, two saves and 21 strikeouts in 38.2. Vanessa Castro provides support at 3-1 and a 6.78 earned run average.
Jackson State (2-19)
2018 Record: 9-31
Kelsey Smith and Madelyn Prukop lead the Tigers offensive attack. Smith is 11-for-48 (.229) with four runs scored and has driven in six runners. Prukop is second on the team with eight hits in 35 at bats (.229) and four RBI. Kayla Owens is the workhorse for JSU tossing 45.0 innings and fanning 25 batters. Destyn Jones has worked 35.0 innings, while Elyssa Sanches has pitched 19.1.
2018 Record: 11-29
D’Marie Matthews has emerged as the ace of the pitching staff tossing over half of the teams innings and posting a 6-2 record. Matthews has fanned 30 batters in 49.0 innings while amassing a 2.71 ERA. Ja’lynn Bonner provides support at 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 25.2 innings. The Tigers are batting .329 as a team, averaging seven runs a game and has swiped 48 bases in 52 attempts. The offense is led by Rikkelle Miller who has gone 19-of-36 for a .528 average with eight runs, four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 23 RBI.