Skyhawk softballers meet end
Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:02 am
By: UTM Sports Information
UTM Sports Information
CHARLESTON, Ill. – The host squad got the most of out its bats and pitcher on Friday at the Ohio Valley Conference Softball Tournament.
Eastern Illinois struck for five runs in the sixth inning en route to a 9-3 triumph over UT Martin.
All totaled, the Skyhawks were limited to just four hits during the season-ending defeat.
UTM had survived two elimination games on Friday prior to its defeat to the Lady Panthers.
The Skyhawk women eliminated Murray State earlier in the day in a 3-2 triumph. UT Martin also ousted SIU-Edwardsville via a 2-0 shutout on Friday morning.
UTM was put into the loser’s bracket after its tournament opening 3-2 defeat on Thursday.
Jacksonville State defeated Southeast Missouri 9-5 to claim the OVC championship and the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
EIU 9, UTM 3
UTM scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning, but it was not enough to eliminate No. 1 seed Eastern Illinois.
UT Martin, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, finishes the season with a 34-24 won-loss record.
Skyhawk seniors Jordan Garrett and Laurie Lindow drove in a run apiece, while Kayla Wade stole home for the third run.
The Skyhawks had three stolen bases in the game. Wade had two, while senior Megan Latimer had one. For the season, UTM snatched 96 stolen bases and set a new school record for most stolen bases in a single season. The old record was 91 stolen bases in 2005.
UTM 3, Murray St. 2
UT Martin score one run each in the top half of the third, fifth and seventh innings. Murray State scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead, but the Skyhawks tied it at 2-2 and then took the lead in the top of the seventh.
Murray State had runners on first and third with one out, but UT Martin junior pitcher Chelsea Jones struck out Lauren Buch and Ellyn Troup fouled out to Lindow — the catcher.
Jones picked up her 16th win of the season in the circle.
Senior Chelsea Cary was the only Skyhawk to have two hits in the game.
UTM 2, SIU-E’ville 0
Jones, who pitched a complete game shutout, gave up four hits and a walk in seven innings against SIU Edwardsville. She struck out five in the game and ran her single season strikeout total to 179.
The Skyhawks scored in the top of the fifth inning when Chelsea Cary drove in a run with a fielder’s choice and Amanda Brandenburg’s fly ball to left field allowed Leah Taylor to tag up and score from third base. Taylor struck out but reached base on a passed ball. She stole second, her 34th stolen base of the season.
SIU Edwardsville left the bases loaded in the bottom half of the fifth inning and stranded two runners in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Jones sealed the victory, her 15th of the season in the circle, by getting two ground ball outs and striking out Megan Murphy.
Murray St. 3, UTM 2
Lauren Buch hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to lead No. 6 seed Murray State over No. 3 seed UT Martin in the first game of the OVC Tournament.
Buch and Jenna Bradley combined for three of Murray State’s five hits and drove in all three of the Racers’ runs.
UT Martin’s Amanda Brandenburg, the OVC’s Co-Freshman of the Year, was tagged for the loss in the circle. Brandenburg pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up five hits, four walks and three runs. She struck out one.
Murray State scored one run in the first inning when Bradley singled to left center and scored Taylor Wilson who drew the first walk of the game.
The Skyhawks answered the run in the bottom of the second inning when Garrett hit a solo home run to left field.
The Skyhawks claimed a 2-1 advantage in the fourth inning when Latimer singled through the right side to plate Kayla Wade who was pinch running for freshman Stephanie Nidiffer. Wade advanced to second base on Garrett’s sacrifice bunt and went to third on Lindow’s ground ball out.
Junior Jenny Bain led the Skyhawks at the plate with two hits. She had a first-inning single and then added a standup double in the fifth inning.