GAME 12: Tennessee State 9, Savannah State 4
GAME 13: Tennessee State 8, Delaware State 7
RECORDS: TSU (5-8), SSU (2-13), DSU (2-14)
FIELD: Patriot Park
LOCATION: Acworth, Ga.
WEATHER: Cloudy, 61
ACWORTH, Ga. --- Tennessee State hit four home runs on the final day of the HBCU Classic, including a game-ending shot by Erica O’Kane two close out the two-day event. Megan Huppee and Savanah Wallace belted dingers in a 9-4 victory over Savannah State, while Huppee joined O’Kane in the Tigers 8-7 win against Delaware State.
The long balls were a part of the Big Blue’s 24 hit attack on Sunday. Bri Vire tallied three hits in the opener while Wallace, Huppee and Ariel Johnson each collected two. In the night cap, 11 Tigers registered hits, including two each by Vire, Lauren Farias and Sarah Snell.
Trailing Savannah State 2-0, Johnson opened the bottom half of the third with her first hit of the season, a triple to right field. The sophomore scored a batter later on a successful squeeze bunt by Snell.
TSU took the lead for good an inning later with a five run explosion. Johnson struck again with an RBI single to even the score at 1-1. The big blow came with bases loaded as Vire reached on a throwing error which allowed all three base runners to score. Wallace closed out the scoring in the fifth with a run scoring single to chase home Vire.
SSU scored two runs in the fifth to cut the score to 6-4. The Tigers wasted no time responding as Huppee ripped a solo shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the inning and Wallace hit her first home run in a Tiger uniform to produce the 9-4 result.
Huppee gave TSU a 4-0 lead in the first inning against Delaware State with a three-run blast. Reese Weber drove in two runs in the second with a single through the left side of the infield. Two batters later, Huppee just missed a grand slam as her shot to centerfield was pulled back into the field of play. Vire scored on the play giving Huppee a sacrifice fly and a 7-0 lead.
The Hornets stormed back in the fifth inning with seven runs. Starter Jessina Espinoza was touched for five unearned runs before giving way to Katie Schneider. DSU scored two earned runs against Schneider to tie the game at 7-7.
The score remained the same until O’Kane stepped to the plate to start the bottom of the seventh. On the second pitch, the senior powered a ball over the fence in left center to give the Tigers a sweep on the day.
Freshman pitcher Raven Loveless claimed the wins improving to 4-3 on the season. Loveless fanned a career high six batters in game one and tossed the final two innings against DSU.