UTM softball does split
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:04 am
UTM Sports Information
What was supposed to be a three-game series turned out to be just a doubleheader split for the UT Martin softball squad.
The Skyhawk women split on Saturday at Eastern Kentucky, prevailing 8-7 in Game 1, but falling 9-4 in the second game.
Sunday’s third-game of the series was a no-go due to inclement weather.
The UTM softball team (19-11 overall and 8-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference return) to action at 4 p.m. Wednesday in an OVC doubleheader at Southeast Missouri.
UT Martin will also play at nationally ranked Georgia this weekend.
UTM 8-4, Eastern Ky. 7-9
The Skyhawks jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings and scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning of the opener.
With two outs in the second inning, the Skyhawks scored three runs. Freshman Stephanie Nidiffer singled to center and scored on sophomore Leah Taylor’s triple to left center. Senior Jordan Garrett followed with a two-run home run to the same spot.
Freshman Amanda Brandenburg opened the third inning with a solo home run to center field and the Skyhawks led 5-1.
Eastern Kentucky scored twice in the fifth inning, but the Skyhawks added three runs in the top of the seventh inning when junior Jenny Bain hit a two-run homer and senior Laura Lindow hit drove in a run with a double down the left field line. Bain’s home run was her sixth of the season and her first since March 17 against Evansville. The Hendersonville product is UT Martin’s all-time leading home run hitter.
EKU scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The Skyhawks tallied 13 hits and three home runs in the game. It was the fourth time this season the Skyhawks have hit three home runs in a game.
Senior Kate Vanderham, who went 3-for-4 at the plate, pitched six innings for the Skyhawks. She scattered nine hits and gave up seven runs. She walked three and struck out five en route to her third victory of the season in the circle.
Junior Chelsea Jones pitched the seventh inning and earned her first save of the year.
In the second game, UT Martin committed five errors and managed just six hits in the second game of the doubleheader as junior pitcher Chelsea Jones suffered her first loss in the circle since March 6 against St. John’s.
Eastern Kentucky broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Lady Colonels added one run in the bottom of the fifth inning and three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
UT Martin scored all four of its runs in the top half of the sixth inning. Senior Kate Vanderham hit a three-run home run to left field scoring Jenny Bain and Amanda Brandenburg. Bain reached base on a walk, while Brandenburg was hit by a pitch. Bain was the only Skyhawk with multiple hits in the second game.
Leah Taylor drove in the fourth run of the inning with a single down the left field line.