Game One: Boxscore PDF Game Two: Boxscore PDF
RICHMOND, Ky. – The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team struggled to keep the Eastern Kentucky bats in check this afternoon, dropping a pair of games to the host Colonels 5-0 and 12-4 in five innings in Ohio Valley Conference action.
The Skyhawks (13-15-1, 4-2 OVC) were led by Deven Wilson who went two for six on the day while Samantha McClure and Carly Gonzales went tallied one hit each in two at bats. For the second day in a row both Gabby Glenn and Kenzi Tate tallied home runs, both being solo jacks. Kelsey Dixon led the team with two RBIs on the day.
UT Martin threw four players inside the circle on the day, as both Casey Vincent and Elizabeth Wiegand posted ERAs of 10.50 in 3.1 innings of work. Wiegand allowed five earned runs while striking out five and issuing three walks. Vincent allowed five earned runs while striking out one. Freshmen Brooke Kennedy and Tayler Jerrick both appeared in relief as Kennedy tallied 2.2 innings of shutout ball, striking out four. Jerrick allowed three earned runs in one inning of work.
Game One: Eastern Kentucky 5, UT Martin 0
Game one belonged to the Colonels and starting pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger who pitched a complete game shutout, holding the Skyhawks batters to just one hit while registering 14 strikeouts on the day. Pittsenbarger faced 22 batters on the day, just one above the minimum.
The Colonels struck quickly in the bottom of the first inning to take the early advantage. Christina Ciolek laced a double over the right fielder with one out, moving into scoring position. Katie Tackett would soon walk, setting up runners on first and second with one out as Sarah Fobbs approached the plate. Fobbs would single through the left side, scoring Ciolek from second.
Eastern Kentucky would explode in the fourth inning for another four runs to put the game out of reach. The Skyhawks walked two of the first three hitters, eventually leading to the bases being loaded following a single with one out. Campos would convert on the bases loaded opportunity with a single up the middle to score a pair.
Following the two RBI single, the Skyhawks made a pitching change, bringing in Kennedy to finish the inning. The Colonels would make an adjustment to the new pitcher quickly as Ciolek laced another two RBI single up the middle to give the Colonels the even game winning score of 5-0.
The Skyhawks would tally their lone hit of the game on a double by McClure to left center, who quickly stole third base with two outs. McClure would be stranded on third following a strikeout to end the inning.
Game Two: Eastern Kentucky 12, UT Martin 4 (5 innings)
The second game of the twinbill began with the Skyhawks cracking onto the scoreboard for the first time of the day on a solo home run by Glenn to left field in the top of the second inning. The home run was Glenn’s third of the season and second of the weekend.
Eastern Kentucky would look to answer in the bottom half of the inning as Shannon McQueen led off the inning with a triple off the center field wall. McQueen would score the game-tying run on a wild pitch during the next at bat.
The Skyhawks would look to find an answer in the top of the fourth inning, scoring the go-ahead run. Wilson laced a single through the left side before being pulled for pinch runner Bella Zizzi. Zizzi would quickly be retired on an attempted steal. Tate would step to the plate with two outs and no runners before launching a home run to centerfield for the second straight day. The home run was Tate’s fourth of the season, tied for the team lead.
The Colonels would waste little time in the bottom half of the fourth inning, not only retaking the lead, but placing eight runs on the board. Fobbs would strike quickly in the half inning, sailing a solo home run over the center field wall. The Colonels would string together three base hits, including a two run single by Murray.
UT Martin would switch to freshman Jerrick to shut down the inning, but the Colonels kept on the offensive. Joyce tallied an RBI on a dropped fly in the outfield, scoring Murray. The Colonels made their final statement of the inning when Fobbs smashed her second home run of the inning, this one plating three over the left center wall to give EKU the 9-2 lead heading into the fifth inning.
The Skyhawks would tally a pair of runs in the top of the fifth as Lauren Smith got the inning started with a single through the right side. Taylor Manning would reach base on a fielder’s choice and throwing error by the pitcher. Dixon would make the most of the two base runs moving into scoring position by doubling to left center to score the pair and cut the lead to 9-4.
Eastern Kentucky would end the game in the fifth inning after stroking a pair of doubles to left center, scoring three runs as the game was called with a final score of 12-4.
UT Martin will have a quick turnaround, returning to action against Southeastern Conference foe Ole Miss on Tuesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. The Skyhawks and Rebels met earlier this season with Ole Miss getting the 4-3 victory.