Live Stats Game Notes WUTM 90.3 FM
The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team is set to host Ohio Valley Conference division rival Murray State in a weekend doubleheader beginning on Saturday. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday with game two to begin shortly after. The series finale is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Skyhawks (28-11, 9-4 OVC) enter the weekend series fresh off an 11-inning marathon against Southern Illinois on Wednesday. In a game which saw more innings than the scoreboard had numbers, the Skyhawks capped off the three-hour showdown with a walk-off single from freshman Deven Wilson to sink the visiting Salukis.
Despite going hitless, senior All-American Leah Taylor tied a UT Martin single-game record with four stolen bases while scoring two runs, including the tying run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Kayla Wade hit her first career home run while Kenzi Tate tied the team lead with her ninth home run on the season and tallying RBIs 40 and 41.
Taylor leads the team with a .352 batting average, hitting seven home runs and notching 23 RBIs. Taylor, the UTM all-time steals leader, has stolen 33 bases in 36 chances. Lauren Smith hits .324 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs.
Inside the circle, the Skyhawks rely on sophomores Tate (15-2, 2.58 ERA) and Casey Vincent (11-4, 2.45 ERA) to anchor the starting rotation. The sophomore duo of Vincent and Tate have accounted for 223.2 of the 270.2 innings pitched on the season, recording 12 complete games each.
Murray State enters the series riding a three game win streak by sweeping a doubleheader with Bethel on Wednesday. The Racers took game one by a score of 6-0, then followed it up with a 12-1 five-inning victory in game two. MSU is led with Alexa Becker’s 10 home runs and 23 RBIs while hitting .350. In the circle the Racers rely on CheyAnne Gaskey with a 9-6 record and 2.33 ERA.
Fans can follow along with the Skyhawks on the road with live stats at: http://www.utmsports.com/livestats/softball/xlive.htm. Award-winning student radio station WUTM 90.3 FM will broadcast both games Saturday and the series finale on Sunday. Fans can listen to the game online at: http://www.utm.edu/organizations/wutm/WUTM_90.3/Home.html.