DELAND, Fla. – Freshman pitcher Caitlin Karo was dominant once again, posting her second shutout of the weekend to lift the University of Tennessee at Martin softball team to a 3-0 victory over Manhattan on the final day of the Stetson Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
The Skyhawks (11-13) won three of five games in the tournament behind the strong right arm of Karo whom picked up all three victories allowing just one earned run in 21 innings of work. The hurler only allowed one hit on the day while striking out two in seven innings of work for her second shutout.
Offensively the Skyhawks scored three runs on seven hits. Alli Fulcher and Aeron Smith paced UT Martin with two hits on the day while each tallying a RBI. Senior Savannah Dodson also notched a RBI in the contest for her second of the tournament.
The duo of Karo and Fulcher were rewarded for their strong play in the Stetson Invitational by earning all-tournament honors.
UT Martin scored two of its runs in the bottom of the second inning. The inning would start with a leadoff double to right center by Fulcher. With the runner in scoring position, Smith would tally a double of her own into the left center gap to score Fulcher on the play and take an early lead. The team’s second run would later come home as pinch runner Madelyn Dycus scored on a single to left by Dodson, giving the Skyhawks a 2-0 advantage.
The Skyhawks added another run in the bottom of the third inning as Aalia Bivens drew a walk to leadoff the inning. Another walk to Gracyn McBride would move Bivens into scoring position before eventually coming home on a single up the middle by Fulcher to notch the game’s final run.
Karo would prove dominant for much of the game, holding Manhattan with a single base hit until the top of the fifth inning. A single by Gabriele Fredette would mark the Jaspers’ lone base hit of the contest.
After playing the first 24 games of the season on the road, UT Martin will make its home debut on Wednesday, March 14 against Southern Illinois. First pitch from Bettye Giles Field is scheduled for 4 p.m.