The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team defeated host Eastern Illinois 3-2 Wednesday afternoon in Charleston and claimed its record-setting 30th win of the season.
Tennessee-Martin is now 30-19 on the year and 13-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The team’s 30 wins are the most in a single season for a Skyhawk club. The old record was 25 wins in 2002.
Eastern Illinois jumped on the Skyhawks early with a run in the bottom half of the first inning. The Skyhawks answered with a run in the top of the second when Emily Webb hit a solo home run to right center field.
The Skyhawks added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. EIU added a run in the bottom of the fourth, but that was all they could do.
Davis picked up her 14th win of the season. At the plate Davis helped her own cause with a 2-for-3 effort.
Before making school history with their win against EIU, the Skyhawks split a series with Southeast Missouri State.
In game one of the two-game series, the Skyhawks gained the lead early, scoring two runs in the third inning. Last week’s OVC player of the week Jennifer Young hit a two-run homer.
The Otahkians answered with one run in the bottom of the third.
The Skyhawks led the game 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth inning, when SEMO scored three runs to pick up the 4-2 lead.
UTM responded with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Baize hit a triple to right field, scoring Davis and Runyan.
The Otahkians scored the fifth run in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.
Davis pitched four innings with nine hits, four strikeouts and four runs scored.
In game two, UT Martin answered with a crucial 3-2 win. SEMO took the lead in the first and kept it until the fourth when. Runyan took a base on balls and was later driven in by Davis to tie the game 1-1.
Junior Kristin Hogan entered the game to pinch run for Davis. Baize reached on a single to third base. Baize and Hogan both scored off errors by the Otahkians, making the score 3-1.
SEMO threatened this lead in the bottom of the fourth inning , but could only come to within one. The Skyhawks held on to win the game and split the series.
Junior Allison Buckley pitched four innings for the Skyhawks, allowing six hits, two runs and claiming three strikeouts.
Freshman Megan Mizell took her spot in the sixth, allowing only one hit in two innings against nine batters faced.
The Skyhawks are now 12-7 in the league and 29-19 overall.
The Skyhawks will return home this weekend to take on OVC opponent Morehead State.