March 22, 2014

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MOREHEAD, Ky. – The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team picked up a pair of Ohio Valley Conference victories to remain perfect in the conference season at Morehead State, tallying victories of 11-7 and 9-4 in an afternoon twinbill.

The Skyhawks (13-13-1, 4-0 OVC) tallied five home runs on the day as Gabby Glenn, Kenzi Tate, Samantha McClure, Kelsey Dixon and Lauren Smith each smashed one home run on the day. Glenn was joined by senior Kayla Wade with four hits in five at bats while Tate led all players with four RBIs on the day. Tate, Glenn, Dixon and Deven Wilson each tallied multi-RBI performances.

Inside the circle, the Skyhawks turned to Casey Vincent (2-3) and Elizabeth Wiegand (8-2) for the victories. The duo each tallied complete games while Vincent posted a 2.00 ERA while striking out five, walking a pair and allowing two earned runs. Wiegand struck out six while walking two and allowing five earned runs.

Game 1: UT Martin 11, Morehead State 7

UT Martin got on the board in game one early with a pair of runs in the opening frame. Dixon led of the inning with a walk before moving to second on a bunt single by Wade. Dixon would come around to score the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Tate. Wade would then tally the second run of the inning after coming around on a throwing error by the second baseman.

The Skyhawks kept the tempo going in the second inning as Smith launched her team leading fourth home run of the season over the center field wall. Glenn would follow up Smith’s blast with a single down the left field line, before coming around to score on Dixon’s first home run of the season to right field.

Morehead State (4-15, 1-3 OVC) would get on the board in the bottom of the third inning after leading off the inning with a single through the left side. The Eagles would place their two runs on the board following back-to-back singles.

Both teams would use the fifth inning for a several runs each. Taylor Manning would lead off the inning by being struck by a pitch, then advancing to third on consecutive wild pitches. Glenn would bring Manning in from third on a sacrifice fly by Glenn to right field. McClure would later come around to score on a RBI single to left center off the bat of Carly Gonzales.

The Eagles would strike for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Karly Thompson led off the inning with a solo home run to left center. The following batter would reach base on a fielding error before Stephanie Etter scored the runner from first with an RBI triple down the left field line. Etter would soon come around to score the third run of the inning following a single up the middle by Dana Hutchins.

UT Martin would tally one more run in the top of the seventh inning. McClure would single to center field before swiping second base. Dixon and Wade would both tally walks to load the bases with two outs. McClure would later scamper on to score the Skyhawks final run of the game on a wild pitch.

Kayla McGuffey would lead off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single up the middle before stealing second. Etter would then reach on a fielding error, moving the pair to second and third with no outs. Tressa Watson would bring the pair home later in the inning with a single through the left side, plating two.  Those two runs would be the final scores of the game as the Skyhawks won 11-7.

Wiegand got the start for the Skyhawks, tossing seven innings of work while striking out six. She issued two walks and allowed five earned runs on nine hits.

Game Two: UT Martin 9, Morehead State 4

Morehead State broke into the scoring column first in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hutchins led off the inning with a double to left center before coming around to score on an RBI single by Thompson. The Eagles would get their second run of the inning on a fielding error by the infield.

The Eagles would strike again in the bottom of the fifth inning. Watson would reach following a hit by pitch before Katie Raile smoked a two run home run to left center to plate the pair and give the home team the 4-0 advantage heading into the sixth.

UT Martin would make their push to get back into the game in the top of the sixth inning. Glenn would lead off the inning with a double to left field. Dixon would then score Glenn from third later in the inning on a RBI bunt. With Dixon on base, Wilson walked to set up runners on first and third with two outs. Tate would cash in on the opportunity with a game tying three run home run to center field, her third of the season.

With the game taking a momentum swing, the Skyhawks posted an explosive seventh inning to secure the victory. Smith led off the inning with a walk before McClure reached on an infield single. Dixon would tally an RBI single to score pinch runner Lindsey Feigl for the go-ahead run. Wade tallied an RBI single, before eventually coming around to score on a passed ball to give the Skyhawks an 8-4 advantage. The Skyhawks would push across one more run in the inning following an error which would score Tate, taking a 9-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

Morehead State would tally its final threat in the seventh, but a bullet from Wade to Wilson would nail the Eagle baserunner at the plate to end the game and keep the Skyhawks record perfect.

UT Martin will return to action tomorrow, Sunday, March 23 when they make the short trek to Richmond, Ky. to take on OVC foe Eastern Kentucky. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon.