UT MARTIN SOFTBALL DROPS IN-STATE MATCHUP WITH 6-2 SETBACK AT MEMPHIS
March 21, 2018
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team went on the road on Wednesday afternoon for an in-state non-conference matchup and outhit its opponent before ultimately suffering a 6-2 setback to Memphis.
The Skyhawks (14-16) tallied seven hits on the day led by the play of junior Lauren Myers and Jodie Duncan who each tallied a pair of base knocks. The big hit of the game came off the bat of junior Alli Fulcher who tallied her fifth home run of the season to notch the team’s lone RBI of the contest.
UT Martin saw three different pitchers see action in the circle on Wednesday afternoon. Caitlin Karo (8-5, 2.02 ERA) was hit with the loss after allowing five earned runs in 3.1 innings of work. The sophomore pair of Hannah Ridolfi and Seeley Layne closed out the contest, combining to allow zero earned runs in the final 2.2 innings.
The Skyhawks got on the board first as Fulcher launched a solo blast to take an early advantage. The home run marked the fifth of the season and 12th of her career.
Memphis (21-7) charged back in the bottom half of the inning to take its first lead of the contest. The Tigers would load the bases with a single and a pair of walks with just one outs. With the bags juiced, Delaney Smith would stroke a single up the middle to score two runs and take a 2-1 advantage.
UT Martin looked to respond in the top of the second inning, tying the game at two runs apiece. Aeron Smith led off the inning with a walk before later being pulled for pinch runner Madelyn Dycus. The freshman would move over to third base following a single by Savannah Dodson to put runners on the corners. Looking to push the envelope, Dodson would swipe second base while Dycus came home to score on a muffed throw attempt by the catcher.
With the game tied, Memphis would tally a knockout blow in the bottom of the fourth inning to not only take the lead but put the game away. A leadoff home run by Ashley Threatt began the inning before a three-run blast off the bat of Kendall Lee made it a 6-2 contest, the game’s final margin.
UT Martin will return to action this weekend with the start of Ohio Valley Conference play when hosting defending champion Jacksonville State on Saturday, March 24 before hosting Tennessee Tech on Sunday, March 25. First pitch from Bettye Giles Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. each day.