SKYHAWK SOFTBALL GETS SILENCED AS EASTERN ILLINOIS PICKS UP PAIR OF 1-0 VICTORIES

April 12, 2014

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CHARLESTON, Ill. – The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team was held to just three hits on the day as its eight game winning streak was snapped at the hands of defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois with a pair of 1-0 setbacks this afternoon.

The Skyhawks (22-18-1, 9-5 OVC) received hits from Kayla Wade, Kelsey Dixon and Carly Gonzales, but could not find an answer for the two-headed monster that is the Eastern Illinois pitching staff. Hanna Mennenga and Stephanie Maday both produced 10 strikeout performances, holding the Skyhawks to a .068 batting average on the day.

Despite the performances of the two Panther aces, the Skyhawks received solid pitching performances from their three pitchers. Freshman Elizabeth Wiegand earned the start in Game 1, pitching 5.1 innings while allowing one earned run. Casey Vincent got the start in Game 2, tossing a six inning complete game, striking out two while issuing two walks and one earned run. Brooke Kennedy appeared in relief, pitching 0.2 perfect innings.

Game One: Eastern Illinois 1, UT Martin 0

UT Martin nearly got on the board in the top of the first inning as Kelsey Dixon led off the game with a walk before swiping second base. Wade would draw a walk on the next at bat, but the Skyhawks would strand a pair in the inning.

Eastern Illinois would get on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Brooke Owens would rip a triple down the right field line before Hannah Cole brought in Owens from third with a single through the left side.

Gonzales would break into the scoring column in the fifth inning with a single to left center before Wade would double down the left field line in the sixth, registering the Skyhawks only hits of the day.

Mennenga picked up the victory on the day, moving to 16-4 on the season. Mennenga struck out 10 batters while issuing three walks and allowing two hits on the day.

Game Two: Eastern Illinois 1, UT Martin 0

The Panthers full offensive production in Game 2 came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Owens picked up a single through the right side before Cole drove her in for the second time on the day with a triple into center field. The two hits were the only hits allowed by the Skyhawks in the game.

The Skyhawks would break into the hit column in the sixth inning. With one out, Dixon would single to third base before ultimately being caught stealing, extinguishing the Skyhawks lone threat.

Maday would pick up the win for the Panthers, striking out 10 batters in seven innings of work. Maday allowed one hit and zero walks.

UT Martin will look to salvage the final game of the series against Eastern Illinois tomorrow, Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m.



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