Latest weekend tourney ends well for Skyhawks
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 pm
The UT Martin softball team closed out its stay in the Frost Classic Inspired by Memorial with a 4-1 victory over Cleveland State.
The Skyhawks were 2-3 this past weekend in Chattanooga and are now 8-7 on the season.
UTM 4, Cleveland St. 1
Freshman Kenzi Tate earned her first collegiate pitching decision with a complete-game, 1-run effort, giving up four hits and three walks. She also recorded four strikeouts.
The Skyhawks had nine hits in the game and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Senior Jenny Bain had a double and drove in two runs, while Leah Taylor and Kayla Wade had two hits each. Taylor had a double in the game and Wade added a triple.
ETSU 5, UTM 1
East Tennessee State scored three runs in the third inning and two runs in the fifth inning to keep the Skyhawks perched.
Senior Ericka Duke had one of four hits, a double, in the game for the Skyhawks.
Senior pitcher Chelsea Jones was tagged for the loss in the circle. She pitched a complete game and struck out seven.
Valpo 8, UTM 4
Bain and Duke came through with some timely hitting, while junior Taylor and freshman Lauren Smith hit solo home runs for the Skyhawks, but it wasn’t enough to come from behind and beat Valparaiso Saturday afternoon.
The Skyhawks out-hit Valparaiso 11-8 in the game.
Jones struck out five in the relief appearance.
UTM 6, Niagara 3
The Skyhawks were forced to battle back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Niagara. The Skyhawks tied the game at 3-3 with two runs in the top of the fifth and took a 6-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning.
Taylor hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the fifth.
In the top of the seventh inning, sophomore Morgan Lewis double to right center field and plated two runs, while Stephanie Nidiffer drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt.
Jones earned her fifth victory of the season and pitched her sixth complete game. She gave up five hits, three earned runs and three walks with 10 Ks.
Purdue 12, UTM 5
The Skyhawks managed to get nine hits against the Boilmakers. Wade and Taylor had two hits each. Wade had a double, while Taylor had a triple and two RBI. Published in The WCP 2.28.12