KARO POWERS SKYHAWK SOFTBALL TO SERIES SPLIT ON DAY ONE OF STETSON INVITATIONAL
March 9, 2018
Game 1: Boxscore PDF
Game 2: Boxscore PDF
DELAND, Fla. – Freshman hurler Caitlin Karo was nearly untouchable on Friday afternoon, lifting the University of Tennessee at Martin softball team to a series split on the opening day of the Stetson Invitational. Behind her strong pitching performance, the Skyhawks would post a 4-0 win over Holy Cross before falling short against Manhattan 6-0.
Karo (4-3, 2.09 ERA) led the pitching staff with her first collegiate shutout. The freshman standout would strike out four batters on the afternoon while allowing just two hits – which weren’t allowed until the sixth and seventh innings, respectively. Meanwhile three different pitchers saw action against Manhattan as sophomore Hannah Ridolfi (5-6, 2.13 ERA) was hit with the loss while Sara Hooten and Seeley Layne also saw action.
The Skyhawks (9-12) would be limited to just eight hits on the day while junior Gracyn McBride carried a big stick, tallying three hits on the afternoon while notching her third home run of the season with a two-run blast against Holy Cross. Freshman Veronica Pezzoni would also notch a three-hit afternoon and a RBI while sophomore Aalia Bivens drove in a run of her own.
Game 1: UT Martin 4, Holy Cross 0
UT Martin got on the board in the top of the second inning as senior Rachel Williams helped manufacture a run in the inning. Williams would work a full count into a walk before moving into scoring position by swiping second a later play. The Skyhawks would bring the run home to score as Pezzoni tallied an opposite field single to take an early advantage.
The Skyhawks added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Bivens would also work a full count into a walk to put the inning’s first baserunner on. Bivens would then be lifted for pinch runner Halie Fain who saw her speed minimized as McBride cranked a two run home run to left center to give the Skyhawks a three-run advantage.
Looking for some additional breathing room in the top of the seventh, UT Martin saw senior Savannah Dodson lead off the frame with a walk before moving into scoring position following her 10th stolen base of the season. After moving over to third base on a deep fly, Dodson later came home to score on a well-placed bunt by Bivens to take a 4-0 lead and seal the victory.
Game 2: Manhattan 6, UT Martin 0
UT Martin saw its bats struggle to come alive in the second game of the day as the squad was limited to just four base hits. Pezzoni, McBride, Jodie Duncan and Paige Clark each tallied one base hit in the game to pace the squad.
Two big innings placed the Skyhawks against Manhattan. After the game was scoreless over the first five innings, the Jaspers exploded for three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. RBIs by Adriana Gambino, Victoria Ross and Kat Prevo scored runs in the sixth while solo home runs by Lauren Pitney and Daniela Chiorazzi highlighted the seventh inning.
UT Martin will return to action with a doubleheader against Holy Cross at 10 a.m. and a matchup against host Stetson at 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.