February 16, 2018

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team could not overcome an error in the fourth inning which led to three runs, ultimately falling to Holy Cross on the opening day of the Alabama State Black and Gold Tournament on Friday afternoon.

The Skyhawks (2-4) dropped their third consecutive contest after suffering from a costly inning which produced all three of their opponents runs. Despite the setback, UT Martin would post five base hits on the afternoon, including two base knocks by Aeron Smith while Halie Fain, Lauren Myers and Alicia Hansen tallied one each.

Sophomore starter Hannah Ridolfi (1-2, 1.68 ERA) dropped her second decision of the season despite allowing zero earned runs in seven innings of work. Ridolfi would tally one strikeout on the day while issuing a pair of walks and five base hits.

UT Martin threatened to get on the board in the bottom of the third inning after Fain tallied a two-out single and then moved into scoring position with a stolen base. The bases would later become loaded as Myers drew a full-count walk and Jodie Duncan was hit by a pitch. With the bases juiced, the Skyhawks could not capitalize as a fly out to centerfield ended the scoring threat.

Holy Cross broke the game open in the top of the fourth inning as Taylor Wahler led off the inning by reaching on an infield error before later advancing to second base. A walk later in the inning would put runners at first and third before a sacrifice fly on what should have been the third out of the inning brought the game’s first runner home to score. With two outs still on the board, Taylor Moss would tally a RBI triple while Sydney Behrens used a single to left to score the Crusaders’ third and final run home to score.

The Skyhawks would tally a pair of hits in the fifth inning as Hansen led off the frame with a single to left field. Hansen would then move into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Fain before ultimately coming home to score on a single to center by Myers. The squad looked to add another score in the frame with a pair of runners in scoring position but the inning would end with a 3-1 deficit.

UT Martin would tally a base runner in both the sixth and seventh inning but could not push across the game’s potential game-tying runs, falling short 3-1. The Skyhawks will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 17 with matchups against Fort Wayne at 10 a.m. and Middle Tennessee at 5 p.m.

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