Tennessee State goes 2-0 on Day 1 of Panther Invitational

Courtesy of Scott Wallace, Tennessee State Athletics

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Tigers Go 2-0 on Day One of the Panther Invitational

DECATUR, Ga. – Pitchers Caitlyn Manus and Holly Ayala combined for zero earned runs in 14 innings to carry the Tennessee State University Tigers (8-3) to victories on the first day in the Georgia State University Panther Invitational in Decatur, Georgia. Manus (6-1) was the winner in both games, throwing a three-hit shutout in TSU’s 3-0 win over Western Carolina. In the nightcap against host Georgia State, the sophomore hurler gave up one hit in four innings of relief to stymie Georgia State.
At the plate, Freshman catcher Onnika Spencerwent a combined 4-for-5 for the day, hitting a home run and getting two doubles. She also drew two walks. Anayah Baker-Rowell went 3-for-5 for the day, smacking a home run in the 3-0 victory over Western Carolina. In the 5-2 win over host Georgia State, she added two more hits and scored a run.
Manus Dominant for Tigers in Complete Game Shutout Victory over Western Carolina

Sophomore Caitlyn Manus was dealing on Friday, tossing a three-hit shutout to lead the Tennessee State Tigers past the Western Carolina Catamounts 3-0. Manus (5-1) went the distance for Tennessee State (7-3), giving up three hits, walking one, and striking out one.
Freshman Onnika Spencer led the way offensively for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 in the ballgame with a double, an insurance home run in the top of the seventh, and an RBI. Junior Anayah Baker-Rowell provided a noteworthy performance as well, going 1-for-3. Her leadoff homer on a 1-2 count in the third inning got TSU on the board. Sophomore Ryla Traylor also helped, going 1-for-3 for Tennessee State with a home run and an RBI. Traylor and Spencer’s HRs both came in the seventh inning.

The Tigers took the lead for good in the third, scoring for the first time in the inning. Baker-Rowell put TSU on the board with a leadoff home run off senior Jayme Eilers. The Tigers then tacked on runs in the seventh inning when they scored two times. Those two runs came across on solo home runs from Traylor and Spencer.

» Manus tossed a three-hit shutout for the Tigers. She has four complete games and lowered her ERA to 2.33 for the season.
» The TSU’s power output was led by Spencer, who had two extra-base hits in the ballgame.
» Tennessee State’s highest-scoring inning was the seventh when it pushed two runs across.
» Tennessee State hitters hit three home runs in the ballgame.
» The Tigers out-hit the Catamounts at a 6-3 clip.
» Manus faced 24 Western Carolina hitters in the game, allowing nine ground ball and nine fly ball outs while striking out one.
» Spencer led the Tigers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, and an RBI.
» Western Carolina was led offensively by senior Brooklynn Brewington, who went 2-for-3.
» Eilers led the Catamounts pitching staff, throwing seven innings of three-run ball.

Mauroschadt and Spencer shine in Tennessee State’s 5-2 Victory against Georgia State.

Senior Marisa Mauroschadt and freshman Onnika Spencer each collected two extra-base hits to help propel the Tennessee State Tigers over the Georgia State  Panthers 5-2 on Friday night.

Sophomore Caitlyn Manus (6-1) got the win out of the bullpen for Tennessee State (8-3). The right-hander went four shutout innings, giving up three hits, one walk, and striking out two. Freshman Holly Ayala started the ballgame and went three innings, surrendering two unearned runs on two hits, walking none, and striking out one.

The number two was wild for Spencer as she had two extra-base hits, went 2-for-2 from the plate, two doubles, and two walks. Mauroschadt contributed with two doubles and two RBI, part of a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Junior Peyton Fointno also chipped in for the Tigers, putting together one hit in four trips to the dish while adding two RBI.


Trailing 1-0, the Tigers got on the board to tie the game in the second inning. Freshman Jasmine Blackburn came across to score on a fielder’s choice RBI off the bat of Fointno. The Panthers re-took the lead with an unearned run in the third inning. The Tigers got back on the scoreboard in the fifth inning. Tennessee State plated two runs off of Georgia State pitching, punctuated by a run-scoring double by Mauroschadt. Mauroschadt also scored when Laila Armstrong reached on an error by the Georgia State shortstop to give TSU their first lead at 3-2.

Manus held Georgia State scoreless the rest of the way, and Tennessee State tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Mauroschadt’s two-out RBI double.scored Armstrong to make it 4-2, and  Junior Anayah Baker-Rowell crossed home plate in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Fointno,


» The Tigers had Mauroschadt and Spencer crush multiple extra-base hits in the ballgame.
» Every Tennessee State starter reached base safely in the win.
» Tennessee State’s highest-scoring inning was the fifth when it pushed two runs across.
» The Tigers out-hit the Panthers at a 10-5 clip.
» Tennessee State pitchers limited Georgia State to just 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
» Tennessee State pitchers faced 30 Georgia State hitters in the game, allowing 12 ground balls and six fly balls while striking out three.
» The Tigers drew six walks from Georgia State pitching.
» Mauroschadt led the Tigers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
» Georgia State was led offensively by senior Emily Brown, who went 3-for-4 with a double.
» Sophomore Emily Hodnett led the Panthers pitching staff, throwing six innings of four-run ball.

The Tigers will be back in action tomorrow with two more games. The first will be 9:00 a.m versus Western Carolina, and then they will take on Northern Iowa at 11:30 a,m, 

Next Game:


Next Game: vs. Western Carolina 2/25/2023 | 9 AM

Western Carolina2/25/2023 | 9 A

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