TSUSports.com: Big Innings Haunt Softball After 1st Day Of Tourney Action


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ARLINGTON, Texas - A pair of big innings was the story as TSU softball dropped its first two games at the Maverick Classic on Friday to Kent State and Texas Arlington.

A three-run third inning broke open an even contest as Kent State claimed a 6-2 decision in the opener.

Kent State crossed home a run in the first for a 1-0 lead and TSU missed a golden opportunity to tie the game in the second as Tevanae Tate opened with a leadoff double and advanced to third with no outs. However, Kent State forced a groundout and back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning. The deficit increased to 2-0 after two innings of action via a two-out RBI single by Kent State but TSU answered in the third as Zariah Robins scored on Daryn Haslam's RBI single followed by Paige Jackson's RBI double for a 2-2 tie.

The momentum was short-lived as Kent State scored three times in the third to claim a 5-2 lead. The Tiger offense stalled from that point due to strikeouts as Kent State added another run in the late innings for the win.

Five players had a hit while Haslam walked twice. Mariah Youngblood was tagged with the loss in 2.2 innings of action.

UTA 8, TSU 0
The big inning once again haunted TSU as UTA scored five runs in the fourth to fuel an 8-0 win in the nightcap.

TSU once again had a chance to set the tone as Ebony Wiltz worked her way to third base in the opening inning but an inning-ending strikeout would leave her on. UTA opened the first with a leadoff single and played small ball as back-to-back bunts moved runners into scoring position. They would move ahead 1-0 after an RBI groundout. For the second straight inning, TSU saw another effort stall as they had runners in scoring position before an inning-ending groundout.

The contest remained scoreless until the fourth as UTA opened with a double followed by a TSU wild pitch and walk. UTA would move ahead 2-0 with an RBI single followed by a three-run homer for a 5-0 lead. Four batters later, they tacked on another run on a fielder's choice.

UTA scored again in the fifth and sixth to lead 8-0 and trigger the run-rule.

Four Tigers recorded a hit offensively as Naomi Reyes was credited with the loss after two innings of action.

TSU starts the second day with an 11:30 a.m. contest versus Missouri-Kansas City and Kent State at 2 p.m.

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