SOFTBALL SKYHAWKS SET TO OPEN OVC PLAY AT JACKSONVILLE STATE AND TENNESSEE TECH
March 22, 2017
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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team will open up Ohio Valley Conference play with a pair of doubleheaders at league rivals Jacksonville State (Saturday, March 25) and Tennessee Tech (Sunday, March 26) over the weekend.
The Skyhawks (20-7) enter the OVC play with their best record since 2010 after picking up three victories in the team’s Skyhawk Hampton Inn Classic over the past weekend, defeating both Samford and Western Illinois (twice). UT Martin tallied three hard-fought victories, with three of the four games being decided by just a run.
UT Martin is led offensively by the play of senior Renate Meckl who has posted a .398 batting average – which ranks seventh in the OVC – while tallying 33 hits, 14 extra-base knocks, four home runs and 18 RBIs. Junior Savannah Dodson is also hovering around the .400 mark, posting a career-high .375 batting average. Once the Skyhawks get on the basepaths, the team has excelled, ranking third nationally in stolen bases per game with 3.3 while Carly Gonzales (26), Dodson (18), Alicia Hansen (13) and Meckl (12) all have tallied double-figures in steals.
In the pitching circle, UT Martin is led by senior Brooke Kennedy with an 8-2 record while posting a 3.17 ERA and seven complete games with 59.2 innings of work. Sophomore Sara Hooten has also been impressive, notching a 6-2 record and a 2.86 ERA in 58.2 innings.
Jacksonville State (18-8) has won six of its last seven contests – including an 8-0 victory at Alabama A&M earlier in the week. The OVC reigning league and tournament champion Gamecocks are paced by Anna Chisolm with a .407 batting average, 35 hits, seven doubles, six home runs and 27 RBIs. The pitching duo of Whitney Gillespie (9-3, 1.37 ERA) and Taylor West (7-3, 1.54 ERA) has been impressive, combining to strike out 146 in over 140 innings of work.
Tennessee Tech (7-17) dropped its most recent series against East Tennessee State. The Golden Eagles are paced offensively by Aalia Bivens with a .361 batting average while Hallie Davis leads the squad with six home runs and 14 RBIs. Leigh Elle Thomas (3-8, 4.78 ERA) and Danielle Liberatore (2-6, 4.39 ERA) leads the squad in innings pitched.
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