SKYHAWKS ELIMINATED FROM OVC TOURNAMENT AFTER FALLING TO NO. 7 SEED TENNESSEE TECH 5-3
May 8, 2014
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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team could not recover from a pair of big innings by Tennessee Tech in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, falling to the Golden Eagles 5-3. The Skyhawks end their season with a 27-27-1 record.
UT Martin was led by the play of Deven Wilson and Carly Gonzales who both tallied multi-hit performances on the day while each scoring a run. Renate Meckl tallied the big hit on the day for the Skyhawks, sailing a solo home run for her fourth knock of the year, tying the game at 3-3 in the fourth.
Elizabeth Wiegand (11-8) earned the start for the Skyhawks, allowing three earned runs in six innings of work. Wiegand struck out four while allowing 11 hits. Brooke Kennedy tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
Tennessee Tech (24-34) was led by the play of lead-off hitter Angi Sakamoto. Sakamoto went 2-for-4 on the day with one home run and four RBIs. Danielle Liberatore (14-11) earned the victory by allowing just one earned run in the complete game performance.
The Skyhawks were able to capitalize on a pair of errors in the bottom of the first inning, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. Gabby Glenn led off the inning with by drawing a walk before being retired via a fielder’s choice by Carly Gonzales. Gonzales wasted little time making her impact felt by swiping her 10th stolen base of the season, moving into scoring position. Deven Wilson would move Gonzales to third with a single through the left side before the freshman scampered home on an error on a double steal attempt. The Skyhawks would add another run when a Lauren Smith ball scouted between the shortstops legs to score Wilson from second and take a 2-0 lead into the second.
The Golden Eagles would quickly slice into the Skyhawks lead in the top of the second inning. After Wiegand registered a pair of quick putouts, Cortney Fry laced a solo home run of the left field scoreboard.
Tech would take the lead in the top of the third inning. Kayla Floyd led off the inning with an infield single before advancing to second on a fielding error. After stealing third, Floyd would come around to score as Angi Sakamoto lined a two-run home run down the right field line to take the 3-2 lead.
The score would stay the same until the bottom of the fourth as the Skyhawks still trailed by one. After watching the first batter in the inning be retired, Meckl drove a home run to right center to knot the game at 3-3 for her fourth home run of the season.
With the game still knotted at 3-3 in the top of the sixth, the Golden Eagles strung together a pair of singles to break the tie and take the lead. With the mixture of a fielder’s choice and an error, the Golden Eagles had runners at second and third with two outs. Much like in the third inning, Sakamoto found her stroke with a bloop single into right field to clear the bases and give the Golden Eagles the 5-3 lead.
The Skyhawks would get a pair of runners on in the bottom of the seventh inning, trailing by two, but the Skyhawks would not be able to punch in the final runs ending the season with a 5-3 loss.