Skyhawk Softball | Kenzi Tate - 1

MajorHealth and Human Performance
HometownOpdyke, Ill.
Height/Weight 5-7

2014: Tate appeared and started in 33 games before a fractured back ended the slugger’s season...She tallied a .263 batting average while hitting four home runs and driving in 16 RBI...She tallied 25 base hits – including five doubles – in 95 plate appearances...She posted a .442 slugging percentage while getting on base at a rate of .351 percent...She tallied 42.1 innings inside the circle while posting a 3-3 record and recording a 2.31 earned run average...She struck out 34 and allowed just 14 earned runs...She tossed seven innings or more on five occasions, including an eight inning performance against Buffalo...She tallied a shutout against Evansville while striking out 10 against Houston Baptist...Earned a spot on the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

2013: Took home National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Region honors along with being tabbed to the All-Ohio Valley Conference first team and to the OVC All-Tournament team ... Named OVC Player of the Week (May 6) ... Named to Madness OVC All-Conference second team ... Tate saw a dramatic transition into the Skyhawks’ primary offensive weapon in just her sophomore campaign ... Led the team with a .359 batting average, 13 home runs and 56 RBI ... Set a UT Martin single-season record with 56 RBI ... Tied three single-game records against Detroit-Mercy, registering four hits, two home runs and 10 total bases ... Finished the season ranking first in the OVC in runs batted in (56), first in home runs (13), third in total bases (112) and fourth in slugging percentage (.659) ... Dominated in the OVC Tournament from the batter’s box and the pitching circle, maintaining a .353 batting averages while hitting two home runs and driving in eight RBI ... Posted four, four RBI games against Detroit Mercy (Mar. 5), Tennessee State (Mar. 23), Southeast Missouri (May 4) and Murray State (May 12) ... While in the circle, Tate led the team with a 20-6 record along with a 2.79 ERA ... She struck out 97 while allowing just 66 walks ... She allowed just 64 earned runs in 160.2 innings of work ... Appeared in 22 games, recording 17 complete games, including three shutouts and two saves ... Strung together a nine-game winning streak ... Held opponents to a .255 batting average ... Posted a dominating outing against Penn on Mar. 7, pitching an 8.0 inning shutout while striking out eight and walking just two ... Recorded 52 putouts and 136 assists ... Named NFCA scholar-athlete and to OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

2012: Appeared in 44 games for the Skyhawks, starting 36 … Used primarily at third base and pitcher … Had a .170 batting average with 17 hits … Hit one home run and drove in 10 RBI … Drew 19 walks and stole one base … Drew three walks against Northern Colorado … Posted a breakout performance on March 17 at Tennessee Tech going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI … Stood out against Eastern Illinois going 2-for-5 in the series with two RBI … Hit one home run against SIU Edwardsville … Appeared in nine games at pitcher, starting four … Posted two wins with a 4.72 ERA … Struck out 15 in 29.2 innings of work … Had a season-best pitching performance against Cleveland State pitching a complete game while striking out four and allowing just three hits … Recorded 36 putouts and 69 assists.

Before UT Martin: A three-time all state selection ... three-time conference MVP ... three-time team MVP ... four-time all South selection ... Named the 2011 Southern Illinoisian Player of the Year ... Led Mt Vernon to its first Class 3A softball sectional championship appearance ... all-time leader in hits (157), doubles (43), home runs (22), RBI (153), pitching appearances (78), innings pitched (470), shutouts (28), strikeouts (689), wins (57), and lowest ERA (0.88). She is second in games played (124) and no-hitters (3), third in at-bats (356), and on-base percentage (.532), and was walked a single season record 25 times ... was 17-4 in the circle with a 1.29 ERA and 169 strikeouts. At the plate, she hit .475 with 11 homers and 38 RBI.

Personal: Born December 13, 1992... Parents are Kevin and Kim Tate... Siblings are Chance (19) and Fallon (23)... Favorite Actor is Will Ferrell... Favorite Movie is The Goonies... Favorite pro athlete is Albert Pujols... Hobbies include fitness training and giving pitching and hitting lessons... Best sports thrill in high school was pitching a no-hitter in the 2009 Regional Championship as well as a perfect game against Carmi in 2010 with 15 consecutive strikeouts, 19 total... Chose UT Martin for the softball program... Majoring in health and human performance.

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