UTM softball adds 3 tournament wins in Sunshine State
Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011 12:02 am
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team went 3-2 this past weekend in the Stephens Industries Florida Gulf Coast University Tournament in Fort Myers. The Skyhawks opened the tournament with wins over Colgate, Florida Gulf Coast and St. Francis, but suffered setbacks to Dartmouth and St. John’s.
“I thought we played well in the first three games,” UT Martin head coach Donley Canary said. “We didn’t play well at all in the last two games.”
The Skyhawks beat Colgate 2-1 in nine innings. Senior Jordan Garrett drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Skyhawks needed one extra inning to beat Florida Gulf Coast University. Pinch hitter Laurie Lindow drove in the winning run in the top of the eighth inning with a single.
The Skyhawks scored five runs on three hits in the fifth inning to claim a 5-2 victory over St. Francis. Garrett drove in a run with a single and freshman Amanda Brandenburg drove in two with a home run, her third of the season, to right center.
Brandenburg also claimed the win in the circle. She pitched five innings and gave up three hits. She walked two and recorded five strikeouts without giving up a run.
The Skyhawks suffered a 4-3 loss to Dartmouth after jumping out to a 3-0 lead with two runs in the first and one in the third. Dartmouth scored all four runs in the fourth inning on N. Ramirez’ grand slam.
The Skyhawks piled up 11 hits and scored five runs in the sixth inning against St. John’s Sunday, but could not match St. John’s nine runs. Megan Latimer hit a three-run home run, her first of the season. She was 2-for-4 with the homer and three RBIs.
UT Martin (10-8) will open the Ohio Valley Conference portion of its schedule this weekend when it hosts Murray State. The teams will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and a single game to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.