SOFTBALL TEAM SET FOR SENIOR WEEKEND AS THEY PLAY HOST TO OVC LEADER EASTERN ILLINOIS

April 25, 2013

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team is set to host Ohio Valley Conference leader Eastern Illinois in a three game series to finish the home slate of the 2013 season. The series will begin with a doubleheader slated for Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. The Skyhawks will recognize their three seniors on Sunday with a pre-game ceremony before the scheduled 1 p.m. start.

The Skyhawks (30-17, 11-9 OVC) come into the matchup trying to end the home schedule on a bright note and gain momentum as the season begins to come to a close and with the OVC tournament looming. The Skyhawks will recognize seniors Katie Reiff, Leah Taylor and Becca Williams as they make their final appearance on Bettye Giles Field.

Taylor is the program leader in runs scored (153), triples (18) and stolen bases (107) while currently ranking third in home runs with 25. Williams, the team’s only four-year member, ranks second with 144 career wins. Reiff, Taylor and Williams were all members of the 2012 OVC regular season and tournament championship team.

Kenzi Tate leads the team with her .336 batting average, 10 home runs and 42 RBIs. Lauren Smith is right behind with a .307 average, 10 home runs and 28 RBIs. Deven Wilson has been a force at the plate, going 2-for-3 against Memphis with two doubles and an RBI.

In the circle the Skyhawks rely on sophomores LHP Casey Vincent and RHP Tate to anchor the starting rotation. Vincent (12-8, 2.44 ERA) leads the team with 26 appearances and 16 complete games. Tate (16-4, 2.71 ERA) leads the team with 16 wins. The duo has combined to pitch 273.0 of the 326.2 total innings pitched on the season.

Eastern Illinois (34-11, 19-2 OVC) comes into Martin riding a seven game win streak and leading the OVC with the best overall record. The Panthers are led by Hannah Cole’s .433 batting average while hitting five home runs and driving in 34 RBIs. Bailey O’Dell and Brooke Owens lead the team with six home runs each while driving in 67 combined runs.

The Panthers post dominating figures in the circle, maintaining a team ERA of 1.46. Hanna Mennenga (22-4, 1.22 ERA) and Stephanie Maday (12-4, 1.49) pace the league’s best pitching staff. Mennenga leads the OVC with 276 strikeouts and a low .155 opponent batting average.