April 12, 2018

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team will close out a brief homestand with an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader against league rival Eastern Illinois on Friday, Apr. 13. First pitch from Bettye Giles Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Skyhawks (20-22, 4-6 OVC) return to action riding a three-game winning streak after sweeping Murray State in OVC action on Monday and coming through victorious in a thrilling 14-inning showdown against Evansville on Wednesday afternoon. Not only was the 14-inning contest the longest played game in UT Martin softball history, but it ranks tied for the fifth longest game in the NCAA this season. In a game which took three hours and 22 minutes to complete, sophomore Aalia Bivens tallied a walk-off single to score Rachel Williams.

Senior Savannah Dodson is coming off a season-high three-hit performance while adding to her team-high 19 stolen bases on the season. Along with the three-hit afternoon from Dodson, junior Gracyn McBride tallied a solo home run as one of her two hits while Paige Clark and Rachel Williams also notched multi-hit contests.

Freshman Caitlin Karo (12-8, 2.28 ERA) picked up her 12th win of the season after allowing just one hit while striking out five in five innings of relief against Evansville. Hannah Ridolfi (8-11, 2.32 ERA) ranks as the team’s other starter, going tossing nine innings of work against Evansville while notching a shutout against Murray State on Monday.

Eastern Illinois (27-8, 6-0 OVC) brings its undefeated conference record into Martin after extending its winning streak to 10 games with a doubleheader sweep of Southeast Missouri on Wednesday. The Panthers are paced offensively by Haley Mitchell with a .438 batting average, 11 doubles, nine home runs and 43 RBIs. Meanwhile in the circle, EIU will likely dispatch the duo of Jessica Wireman (13-4, 1.65 ERA) and Michelle Rogers (12-3, 2.71) against the Skyhawks.

Friday’s matchup will mark the 67th and 68th matchups in series history amongst the two programs with Eastern Illinois holding a 39-28 advantage. The two squads split the season series a year ago while the Skyhawks possess a 15-14 mark against the Panthers in games played at Bettye Giles Field.

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