UT Martin ladies break out broom on TSU diamond

UT Martin ladies break out broom on TSU diamond

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 12:03 am

The UT Martin softball team posted a 6-3 victory over host Tennessee State Sunday afternoon in Nashville and swept the three-game series. 

Senior catcher Laurie Lindow was 3-for-3 at the plate in the game, while senior Meg Latimer was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. 

The Skyhawks had 10 hits in the game. 

Sophomore Leah Taylor had a triple in the game, while freshman Stephanie Nidiffer from Joelton drove in two runs.

The Skyhawks jumped out front 3-0 after two innings and never looked back. Senior Chelsea Cary plated a run in the fourth inning with a single to right field. 

Nidiffer drove in a run in the sixth inning, while freshman Amanda Brandenburg drove in senior Jenny Bain with a double to center field.

Junior Chelsea Jones picked up the win in the circle and improved to 8-3 on the year. Jones struck out six batters in the game and now has 94 strikeouts this season.

The Skyhawks have won the last 24-out-of-25 meetings against Tennessee State.

The Skyhawks (17-9 overall) will return to action this afternoon when they host Austin Peay at Bettye Giles Field in Skyhawk Park.

With the sweep, the Skyhawks improve to 6-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

SO CLOSE: The UT baseball team was six outs away from a victory against UAB on Sunday, but the Blazers scratched out six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to grab an 8-6 win at Young Memorial Field.

Once again, the Skyhawks received a nice effort from their starting pitcher as sophomore Alex Boshers got the starting nod. 

He went seven innings and allowed just two runs – marking the fourth time in five 2011 starts he has allowed two earned runs or less. 

However, he was saddled with a no-decision, as the UT Martin bullpen allowed six runs (four earned) in the eighth inning.

At the plate, the middle infield duo of Cody Terry and Cory Stooksbury accounted for two hits apiece. 

Terry drove in two runs, while Trey Karlen and Phil Sorensen also collected one RBI. Stooksbury scored two runs to lead UT Martin (4-15).

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when UAB scored twice on sacrifice flies.

The Skyhawks answered in a big way by plating five runs in the top of the fifth inning. 

Matt Milligan led things off by drawing a walk on four pitches, then Stooksbury guided a single through the right side to advance Milligan to second. 

Milligan then came around to score on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Karlen and a throwing error on the bunt attempt. Chase Okey drew a walk to load the bases with no outs, then Terry shot a double to right field that brought in two runs and make the score 3-2. 

After a Blazer pitching change, Okey came in to score on a wild pitch, and Jordan Owen followed that with a walk. Sorensen then grounded out to first base to plate Terry and give UT Martin a 5-2 advantage.

The Skyhawks will begin the second half of their 10-game road trip with a midweek game at Evansville on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

 wcp 3/22/11

 

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