COOKEVILLE, Tenn. –The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team split Saturday’s doubleheader at Tennessee Tech, rolling over the host Golden Eagles 9-1 in six innings, before dropping game two 3-0.
“Today was a tale of two games,” said UT Martin head coach Donley Canary. “We came out firing in the first game, providing a solid offensive balance and never looked back. In game two we had some defensive miscues, but I give their pitcher plenty of credit as she pitched a terrific game.”
Game One: UT Martin 9, Tennessee Tech 1 (6)
UT Martin (26-10, 8-3 OVC) wasted little time jumping on Tennessee Tech in game one, scoring two in the first frame. Senior Leah Taylor led off the game with a walk before swiping her 28th base on the season. Kayla Wade quickly followed with the game’s first hit with a single, advancing Taylor to third. Sophomore Kenzi Tate soon tallied the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly, plating Taylor. Senior Becca Williams continued her hot ways, lining a RBI middle through the middle to score Wade from third.
The Skyhawks added yet another run in the second as Taylor reached base for the second time, sending an RBI single down the left field line to score Lindsey Feigl.
Lauren Smith extended her hitting streak to eleven games in the top of the fourth as the Skyhawks tallied five runs to blow the game open. Freshmen Jessie Britt and Mikala Torrence added clutch RBIs as Britt showed patience at the plate to score Tate. Torrence then singled through the left side, scoring Williams and Smith. Sam McClure would not be outdone, doubling up the middle to score the freshman duo and giving the Skyhawks the 8-0 advantage.
The Golden Eagles (14-17, 3-4 OVC) cracked into the score column in the bottom of the third as Hannah Eldridge scored Cortney Fry on a RBI single up the middle.
UTM pushed their final run across in the top of the six as Tate singled, scoring Wilson and giving the Skyhawks the advantage they needed to bring the contest to an end at 9-1.
Sophomore Casey Vincent (11-4, 2.13 ERA) notched her 12th complete game of the season, striking out six and allowing just one walk. Vincent allowed just one earned run and three hits, tallying her 11th win on the season.
Game Two: Tennessee Tech 3, UT Martin 0
UT Martin’s most recent All-American, Taylor did everything she could to will the Skyhawks to the game two victory. The performance was not enough to get past the Golden Eagles, falling 3-0 and snapping the Skyhawks season-best nine-game winning streak.
Taylor did her best to lead the offense, reaching base twice and swiping her 29th stolen base of the season.
Tennessee Tech tallied the game’s first run in the bottom of the second as Fry reached on a fielder’s choice up the middle, scoring Kendall Hooper.
The Golden Eagles tallied a pair of runs in the third and fourth with Tech’s Spalding and Burgess picking up the RBIs in their respective inning.
Tate (14-2, 2.36 ERA) snapped her nine game winning streak as the young sophomore allowed just one earned run in six innings of work. Tate registered one strikeout while allowing no walks on the afternoon.
Tate was outdone by TTU starter Claudia Harke (3-4), who limited the Skyhawks to just two hits in seven innings of work.
The Skyhawks will return to action on Sunday as they travel across state borders to Jacksonville, Ala. to face the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Fans can follow along with both games with live audio at: http://www.919fm.webs.com/. Live stats for game one can be found at: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=16786 and game two at: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=16787.