UT MARTIN SOFTBALL SWEEPS OPENING DAY OF CHATTANOOGA FROST CLASSIC
February 23, 2018
Game One: Boxscore PDF
Game Two: Boxscore PDF
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team swept the opening day of the Chattanooga Frost Classic on Friday afternoon, knocking off Alabama State, 5-2, in the opener before defeating Western Illinois, 3-2, in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Skyhawks (5-6) extended its winning streak to three consecutive games with a pair of victories on the opening day of the Frost Classic. UT Martin would post a .354 batting average as a team while allowing just three earned runs on defense.
Senior Alicia Hansen paced the Skyhawks with four hits on the afternoon – including a triple – while tallying a RBI. As a whole, six different players notched RBIs on the day, led by the play of Jodie Duncan who tallied a pair of RBIs while Gracyn McBride, Savannah Dodson, Alli Fulcher and Aeron Smith also drove in runs.
Freshman Cailtin Karo (2-3, 2.55 ERA) tallied her second victory of the season after allowing just one earned run while striking out five in seven innings of work against Alabama State. Sophomore Hannah Ridolfi (3-2, 1.83 ERA) also picked up a victory on the day, allowing two earned runs in seven innings of work against Western Illinois.
Game 1: UT Martin 5, Alabama State 2
UT Martin didn’t waste much time getting on the board against Alabama State, scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Dodson would get the inning started with a single before moving into scoring position by swiping second base. She would later advance to third base on a base knock by Duncan before coming home to score on a wild pitch.
With an early lead, the Skyhawks looked to add to the margin as Hansen led off the bottom of the third with a single to center. Hansen later moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt before coming home to score on the following at-bat as Dodson doubled to left center, notching the team’s second run of the game.
Alabama State cut the margin in half in the top of the fifth inning. Hailey Walker led off the inning with a single to right field before coming around to score on a RBI single to center by pinch hitter Jordan Amerson.
The Skyhawks would come back in the bottom half of the inning and stretch out their margin once again. Duncan would start a two-out rally in the inning with a walk before scoring on a RBI single by McBride. After the big hit, McBride would remain on the move by also coming home on a single to center by Fulcher to take a 4-2 lead.
UT Martin added an extra insurance run in the sixth inning as Smith led off the frame with a walk. The Skyhawks would score their final run of the game as Hansen stretched out a triple into the right center gap.
The Hornets looked to answer in the top of the seventh inning with a leadoff double by Marina Clark who later came around to score on a wild pitch but it would not be enough to close the gap as UT Martin secured a 5-2 victory.
Game 2: UT Martin 3, Western Illinois 2
Much like in the first game of the day, UT Martin was the first team to get on the board in the contest. In the bottom of the second, Fulcher would rip a double into center before later advancing to third on the next at bat. With the runner just 60 feet from home, Smith would bring Fulcher home to score and take an early lead.
The Skyhawks added some breathing room in the third inning as Hansen reached on a bunt single to open the frame followed by an infield single by Lauren Myers. As a sacrifice bunt moved both players into scoring position, Duncan would plate the pair with a single to centerfield to make it a 3-0 contest.
Western Illinois would be held silent until the top of the seventh inning. The Leathernecks tallied three hits in the inning, including a triple by Payton Abbott and a double by Hailey Duwa to trim the margin to one run. Despite the late rally, UT Martin would hang on for a 3-2 victory.
UT Martin will look to continue its hot play with a pair of contests on Day 2 of the Frost Classic. The Skyhawks will take on Western Michigan at 10 a.m. before matching up against tournament host Chattanooga at 3 p.m.