SKYHAWK SOFTBALL CLINCHES SPOT IN OVC TOURNEY WITH DOMINANT PERFORMANCE OVER SEMO
April 26, 2014
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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team snapped a pair of streaks with a pair of outstanding offensive performances to pick up two victories over Ohio Valley Conference foe Southeast Missouri and clinch a spot in the upcoming OVC Tournament on UTM Appreciation Day at Skyhawk Park.
The Skyhawks (25-24-1, 12-9) came into the weekend after dropping eight of their last nine games and being held scoreless in their previous two games this week. The home team quickly snapped both of those streaks by picking up a pair of victories while combining to outscore the Redhawks 18-7 on the day with wins of 6-1 and 12-6.
Several players stood out for the Skyhawks on the offensive side of the ball as leadoff hitter Gabby Glenn went 3-for-5 from the plate, tallying two RBIs while drawing one walk and being hit-by-pitch on two occasions. Carly Gonzales led the team with five RBIs on the day while tallying three hits, including one double. Casey Vincent broke a previous career high against Southeast Missouri, with four RBI performance against the Redhawks, going 2-for-4 in Game 2. Sophomore Deven Wilson joined in the action, notching three RBIs on three hits.
UT Martin had three pitchers see action against Southeast Missouri, highlighted by the performance of freshman Elizabeth Wiegand. Wiegand (11-6) tossed a complete game which saw the young arm strike out four while issuing one walk and holding SEMO to zero earned runs. Vincent started Game 2, registering one out while allowing two earned runs. Brooke Kennedy (5-3) appeared in relief, striking out four and allowing four earned runs in 6.2 innings of work.
“It was nice to see the bats get going tonight and hopefully build some momentum as we continue through the stretch run,” said UT Martin coach Donley Canary. “We have received good pitching of late, we were just waiting for our offense to come alive and get going like we know they can. Knowing that we have clinched a spot into the OVC Tournament will hopefully help us relax and have some fun the next couple of games.”
Game 1: UT Martin 6, Southeast Missouri 1
UT Martin got on the board first in the bottom half of the third inning. Gabby Glenn led off the inning with a single to left center field before being moved to second base on a sacrifice single by Gonzales. After being moved to third with two outs following a groundout, Gabby Glenn would come around to score for the first run of the game on an RBI single to center field by Wilson.
The Skyhawks would explode in the sixth inning with five runs to put the game out of reach. Wade would tally a one-out single before reaching second on an error. Smith would tally another walk before Kelsey Dixon would notch an RBI single up the middle. Gabby Glenn would add another run with a single to left center, scoring sister Autumn Glenn from third. Gonzales would tally the final hit of the inning with a double to left field which would bring two Skyhawks across the plate. The Skyhawks would take a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning.
Southeast Missouri would break into the scoring column with a run in the seventh inning. Meaghan Touchette would draw a walk before coming around to score on a throwing error following a single by Kelsey Gass. The run would prove to be the final score of the game as the Skyhawks won 6-1.
Game 2: UT Martin 12, Southeast Missouri 6
Southeast Missouri would waste little time getting into the scoring column in Game 2. Lindsey Patterson would led off the inning with a single up the middle before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt. Patterson’s time of the basepaths would come to a close when Savannah Carpenter belted a two-run home run over the left field scoreboard to give the Redhawks the 2-0 lead.
The Skyhawks would look to respond in the bottom half of the inning as Gabby Glenn led off the inning by being struck by a pitch. Wilson would move Gabby Glenn into scoring position with a single down the right field line. Vincent would get back the two runs which she gave up in the first with a two-run double to left center, evening the score at 2-2.
UT Martin would take control of the game in the second inning with five runs. Taylor Manning would lead off the inning with a walk before Lauren Smith singled up the middle. The bases would then become loaded on the next at bat as McClure was hit by a pitch. Gabby Glenn would register another RBI after drawing a bases loaded walk, scoring Manning.
Gonzales would great the new Redhawk pitcher Aubrey Denno with a two-run single through the right side before Gonzales and Gabby Glenn converted a double steal for another run. Vincent would put the final nail in the inning with an RBI double to right center as the Skyhawks held a 7-2 advantage.
The Redhawks would retaliate in the top of the third inning with three runs of their own to cut the Skyhawk margin to 7-5. Three players would notch consecutive singles to score the first run in the inning before an additional two runs came across the plate.
Vincent would tally her fourth and final RBI of the day on a groundout which scored pinch runner Bella Zizzi following a single by Nidiffer.
The Skyhawks would notch the final blow against the Redhawks in the bottom of the fifth inning after scoring four runs. Gonzales would notch another RBI single up the middle before Nidiffer tallied brought in a run following an RBI groundout. Wilson would cap the inning and day for the Skyhawks with a single up the middle which scored two runs, giving the Skyhawks a 12-5 lead.
Southeast Missouri would notch the final run of the day with a home run to left field by Patterson but that would be the closest that the Redhawks would get as the Skyhawks won 12-6.
UT Martin will return to action on tomorrow, Sunday, April 27 when the Skyhawks will honor their two seniors prior to the home final against Southeast Missouri. Action from Bettye Giles Field is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.