Game One: Boxscore PDF Game Two: Boxscore PDF
MURRAY, Ky. – The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team served as spoilers for the home debut of newly erected Racer Field, picking up a doubleheader sweep to open Ohio Valley Conference play against Murray State on Saturday.
The Skyhawks (11-13-1, 2-0 OVC) saw Deven Wilson tally five hits in seven plate appearances while driving in a run on the day. Junior Kelsey Dixon went 3-for-7 while driving in four RBIs. Lauren Smith joined in the action, making the most of her lone hit on the afternoon while driving in a pair. Kayla Wade and Kenzi Tate each tallied one RBI as well.
Freshman Elizabeth Wiegand (7-2) picked up her team-leading seventh win on the season while tossing a complete game in the series opener. Wiegand struck out two while allowing one walk and one earned run. Casey Vincent got the call in game two, tossing a complete game of her own. Vincent tallied two strikeouts while allowing three walks and two earned runs.
Game One: UT Martin 6, Murray State 1
UT Martin wasted little time getting on the board first in the top of the first inning. Wilson tallied a two-out single through the left side to get the rally started. Wilson would quickly be pulled for pinch runner Bella Zizzi who promptly swiped second before coming around to score on a RBI single down the right field line by Tate.
The Skyhawks would put together another two-out rally in the top of the second inning. Samantha McClure got the rally started after being struck with a pitch. McClure would shake off the bruise, quickly swiping second base before a RBI single by Dixon brought the shortstop around to score. With Dixon standing on second base, following the throw, the speedster stole third base. Wade would keep the momentum going with a single down the right field line, scoring Dixon from third. Wilson would follow Wade, watching the outfielder swipe second for the third stolen base in the inning, before singling up the middle to give the Skyhawks a 4-0 advantage.
Murray State would strike back in the bottom half of the second. Jessica Twaddle would lead off the inning with the first Murray State hit at Racer field, before being forced out on a fielder’s choice. One batter later, Maggie Glass cut the deficit to 4-1 with a double to left field that scored Casey Castile.
Both teams would threaten in the later innings, but the Skyhawks would secure the 6-1 victory.
Game Two: UT Martin 4, Murray State 3
In game two, Murray State was the first to crack into the scoring column as Cayla Levins singled to center field in the third, driving in Glass to give the Racers the early 1-0 lead.
The Skyhawks were held hitless by CheyAnne Gaskey through the first four innings of play, but the came out in the fifth inning with three runs to blow the game open. Taylor Manning would break up the no-hitter with a single through the right side to open the fifth. A pair of pinch hitters in Carly Gonzales and Renate Meckl would string together a pair of singles to load the bases with two outs. Dixon would not only erase the deficit, but give the Skyhawks a comfortable lead with a bases-clearing double down the left field line to give the Skyhawks the 3-1 lead.
UT Martin would chip on another run in the top of the sixth after Wilson tallied a leadoff single into left field. Wilson would be pulled for pinch runner Lindsey Feigl. Feigl would soon move into scoring position following a sacrifice by Tate. Feigl would eventually come around to score in the inning off an outfield error, giving the Skyhawks a 4-1 advantage, heading into the final two frames.
Murray State looked to make its final push in the bottom of the seventh inning. Shelbey Miller and Mo Ramsey would string together back-to-back singles to open the inning, giving the Racers runners at the corners with no outs. The Racers would strike for a run on the ensuing play off a well-placed bunt. An infield error by the Skyhawks would bring Murray State within one run, but a double play would end the scoring threat and seal the victory for the Skyhawks.
The Skyhawks will return to Racer Field to close out the three-game OVC series tomorrow, Sunday, March 16. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.