MARTIN, Tenn. – For the second consecutive weekend in the early part of the 2013 softball season, The University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks will play in a tough non-conference tournament, the Kennesaw State Classic set for Feb. 16-17 at Twin Creeks Park in Woodstock, Ga.
The Skyhawks will play Mercer and Ball State on Saturday, Feb. 16, and Kennesaw State and UAB on Sunday, Feb. 17.
“This will be an extremely tough tournament for us,” UT Martin head coach Donley Canary said. “All four of these teams are very good.”
The Skyhawks are 2-3 against Kennesaw State (0-2), Ball State (1-1) and Mercer (1-0). This will be the first meeting between UAB and UT Martin. The Skyhawks will have to beware of UAB. The Blazers beat No. 16 Washington, 4-2, earlier this season. Washington is tied for No. 16 in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll.
The Skyhawks opened their 2013 season this past weekend in the Jimmy John’s Lions Classic at Southeastern Louisiana where they went 2-2. UT Martin claimed victories over Louisiana Tech and Saint Louis, but suffered setbacks to Southeastern Louisiana and eventual tournament champion Delaware.
Sophomore Kenzi Tate led the Skyhawks with an 8-for-13 effort at the plate with three doubles, one home run and five RBI. She hit .615 for the tournament.
However, the bottom half of the lineup did not come through. “The top five in the lineup were able to do some things for us,” Canary said. “We are hoping that the bottom four can get something done this weekend for us.”
Tate, Morgan Lewis, Autumn Glenn and Casey Vincent all saw action in the circle for the Skyhawks this past weekend. Tate came away with a 2-0 won-loss record and a 2.25 Earned Run Average.
“This is going to be a good early season test for us,” Canary said. “I hope it will be a good learning experience for us.”