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Skyhawks fall to EKU, win 2 vs. EIU

Published (Volume 76, No. 30)

The University of Tennessee at Martin softball finished a three-game series against EKU with a 1-2 record, winning the first game 2-0 on senior Sarah Daws’ third home run of the season.

Daws delivered a two-run shot in the top of the seventh inning with one out to win the game for the Skyhawks. She finished the game with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate.

EKU out hit the Skyhawks 8-5, but was unable to score against junior Nicole Davis who picked up her 11th pitching win of the season.

Davis pitched seven innings and gave up two walks and the eight hits.

EKU won the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, 4-3. The Skyhawks trailed 4-0 after three innings of play, but rallied in the top of the sixth inning for three runs.

Jennifer Young led the Skyhawks at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance and an RBI. Brandy Whalen drove in the other two Skyhawk runs. The Skyhawks out hit EKU in the game 8-4.

In the series finale, EKU posted a 6-3 win. The host Lady Colonels scored three runs each in the first and second innings.

The Skyhawks scored two in the top of the second inning when Emily Webb hit her fourth home run of the season.

The Skyhawks scored one run in the top of the seventh inning when they took advantage of an EKU throwing error.

The Skyhawks swept an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader from visiting EIU, winning the first game 9-2 and then claiming the second game 2-1.

The Skyhawks—- Kristin Runyan, Nicole Davis and Angela Baize—- hit three home runs in the game and banged out 14 hits in the first game.

Davis, the two-time OVC co-pitcher of the week, pitched a complete game and scattered four hits. She gave up one earned run and struck out five.

At the plate Davis was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Sophomore Jen Young, from Alpine, Calif., was also 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple.

In the second game, the Skyhawks scored one run in the first inning and one in the third inning as Allison Buckley tossed a complete game, six-hitter en route to her fifth pitching win of the season.

Nicole Davis drove in the Skyhawks’ first-inning run, while sophomore Brandy Whalen drove in the third-inning run.
The Skyhawks had 11 hits in the game. Young went 2-2 at the plate and had a stolen base. She now holds the single-season school record for the most stolen bases with 22.

Emily Webb and Fallon Lowery were also 2-for-3 in the game.
The Skyhawks are 25-18 overall and 8-5 in the OVC.

The team travels to Nashville this weekend for a three-game series against host Tennessee State.