UT MARTIN SOFTBALL OPENS TITLE PUSH AT OVC SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ON WEDNESDAY
May 8, 2018
The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team will look to make a run at the program’s third Ohio Valley Conference Softball Championship title this week in Oxford, Ala. Action for the double-elimination tournament begins on Wednesday, May 9 with the championship game slated for Saturday, May 12. This marks the third consecutive year that the tournament will be held at Choccolocco Park.
The Skyhawks enter the tournament field with a 25-30 overall mark while notching a 9-13 mark in OVC play to clinch the No. 7 seed in this week’s OVC Softball Championship. Overall, UT Martin has made the field to compete for a title 15 times under the direction of head coach Donley Canary. During that time, the Skyhawks have posted a 26-26 mark while winning the tournament crown in 2009 and 2012. This marks the Skyhawks first appearance as the No. 7 seed as the field expanded to eight teams in 2013.
UT Martin boasts a squad which features five seniors in Jodie Duncan, Aeron Smith, Rachel Williams, Savannah Dodson and Alicia Hansen. During the group’s time at UT Martin, the Skyhawks have appeared in three consecutive OVC Softball Championships while tallying 118 career victories.
Duncan paces the Skyhawks offense by leading the squad in batting average (.299), hits (49) and RBIs (26). Meanwhile, junior Lauren Myers has been impressive against league opponents from the top of the order, boasting a .377 batting average while swiping 19 bases on the season. The junior pair of Alli Fulcher and Gracyn McBride lead the squad in the power department with five home runs each while combining to drive in 43 runs in the middle of the order. Meanwhile as a team, the Skyhawks lead the OVC and rank fifth nationally with 129 stolen bases on the season.
In the circle the Skyhawks will use a pair of newcomers to lead the way. Freshman Caitlin Karo has posted a 16-10 record on the season which ranks tied for eighth in program single-season history while sitting as a freshman program record for wins in the circle while posting a 2.74 ERA in 168.2 innings of work. Sophomore Hannah Ridolfi has notched a 9-17 mark and a 2.58 ERA in her first taste of Division I softball in 171 innings of work.