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Skyhawk softballers smack Jax. St.

Skyhawk softballers smack Jax. St.

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 12:03 am

UTM Sports Information
Jacksonville State softball pitcher Tiffany Harbin paid dearly for a change-up tossed to UT Martin’s Chelsea Cary in the fourth inning on Saturday.
Cary smacked a solo home run to trigger a five-run fourth inning and lead to a Skyhawks’ 8-0 Ohio Valley Conference victory.
With the victory, UTM improved to 15-8 in the league and 28-20 on the year. Jacksonville State falls to 19-5 in the OVC and 34-13 overall.
The UT Martin softball team had split a twinbill with the Gamecocks on Friday — winning 3-1 in Game 1 and falling 9-1 in the second outing.
SATURDAY
UTM 8, Jax. St. 0
The home run was Cary’s first of the season and fourth of her career.
The right-handed first baseman from Erin has hit one home run in each of her four seasons on the team.
Junior Jenny Bain followed Cary’s home run with a double down the left field line and Amanda Brandenburg’s safety to left field forced Jacksonville State to pull Harbin from the game for Ashley Eliasson.
UT Martin freshman Stephanie Nidiffer greeted the new Gamecock pitcher with a triple to right field that plated Bain and Brandenburg.
“We had big clutch hits today,” UT Martin head coach Donley Canary said. “I have been telling the girls all year they are capable of doing this.”
Brandenburg pitched all five innings. She gave up two hits and three walks en route to her ninth won of the season.
FRIDAY
UTM 3-1, Jax. St. 1-9
In Game 1, Brandenburg pitched seven innings, gave up three hits, one run and three walks.
She struck out nine en route to her eighth victory of the season in the circle.
The Skyhawks scored one run in the bottom of the second, one in the third and one in the fourth.
During the second game, Jacksonville State scored four runs in the top of the first inning and four runs in the top of the fourth inning and never looked back en route to a 9-1 victory over UT Martin.
The Gamecocks had 11 hits and took advantage of two Skyhawk errors.
UTM’s Taylor hit a solo home run, her team-leading ninth, in the third inning. She was 2-for-3 in the game.

wcp 4/26/11

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