UT MARTIN SOFTBALL LOOKS TO CLINCH OVC CHAMPIONSHIP BERTH AT BELMONT AND TSU
April 28, 2017
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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team will look to clinch a spot in the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference Softball Championship field with a strong showing over the weekend with a pair of league doubleheaders. The Skyhawks will travel to Belmont on Saturday, April 29 for a doubleheader beginning at noon before making the short trek across Nashville to Tennessee State for a twinbill on Sunday, April 30 with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Skyhawks (32-15, 9-4 OVC) are looking to get back to their winning ways after suffering an 8-2 loss to No. 18 ranked Kentucky on Wednesday evening. Despite the setback, the Skyhawks have won five of their last six games in OVC play. As a whole, UT Martin leads the league in runs scored (267), stolen bases (132) and on-base percentage (.386) while ranking second in hits (378), walks (133) and RBIs (222).
UT Martin is led offensively by senior Carly Gonzales out of the leadoff spot. Gonzales has reached base in 23 consecutive games, notching a .372 batting average – including a .429 average in OVC play – while tallying 45 runs scored, 51 hits, 10 doubles and 37 stolen bases. Meanwhile Jodie Duncan is riding a hot bat, posting a .362 batting average while four home runs and 36 RBIs – including eight in the last four games.
In the pitching circle, the Skyhawks are led by senior Brooke Kennedy (17-5, 2.91 ERA) who will look to remain perfect against OVC foes, posting a 7-0 record and 1.81 ERA against league opponents. Sophomore Sara Hooten (8-4, 2.52 ERA) will also see action, tallying seven complete games in 91.2 innings of work.
Belmont (30-17, 6-9 OVC) will look to send its seniors out on a high note with its final home series of the season. Four Bruins are batting over .300, led by Jess Andree who has tallied a .331 averaging along with 25 runs, 11 doubles, five home runs and 31 RBIs. Senior Chelsey Deloney carries the big bat for the offense, leading the OVC with 12 home runs – which ranks 33rd nationally – while tallying 31 RBIs. In the pitching circle, Brooklin Lee highlights the staff with a 15-7 record and 2.21 ERA in 133 innings of work.
Tennessee State (12-32, 2-14 OVC) enters the weekend having dropped 11 of its last 14 contests while picking up a series split against Austin Peay earlier in the week. The Tigers are led offensively by Selena Crafton with a .322 batting average and 16 stolen bases while Danica Gleason has posted a .290 average with one home run and 21 RBIs. The pitching staff is paced by Lauren Woodard (4-11, 4.23 ERA) and Lauren Powell (5-14, 5.40 ERA).
UT Martin will look to improve upon the team’s significant series advantages against both programs. The Skyhawks are 25-7 against Belmont while posting a 60-7 series advantage of Tennessee State – including a seven-game winning streak.
Fans can watch Saturday’s doubleheader on the OVC Digital Network at the link above. Live stats will also be available for each game.