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Softball wins 4 out of 5

Published (Volume 76, No. 29)

The UTM softball team won two of the three games from Jacksonville State this past weekend.

In the first game of the series, the Gamecocks had 11 hits to the Skyhawks four, defeating the Skyhawks 10-2.

Junior, Nicole Davis and sophomore Brandy Whalen led the Skyhawks offensively with two hits each.

Junior Kristin Runyan started this weekend after missing eight games because of a cut to her left leg.

In second game, the Skyhawks improved offensively with 10 hits. Senior Beth Buttrey singled to shortstop with two outs in the second inning.

Freshman Megan Mizell walked and Sarah Daws cleared the bases with a home run putting the Skyhawks in the lead, 3-0.
The Skyhawks went into the seventh inning leading 6-0 until Jacksonville State’s bats came alive and tied the score 6-6.
Daws singled to center field and sophomore, Jennifer Young homered to defeat the Gamecocks 8-6.

On the second day of play, the Skyhawks out-hit the Gamecocks 11-9 to defeat Jacksonville 6-3.

Whalen, Runyan, Daws and Davis led the Skyhawks offensively with two hits each. Angela Baize, Buttrey and Young also had hits for the Skyhawks.

The UTM Skyhawk softball team swept Wednesday afternoon’s doubleheader against visiting Belmont University, winning the first game 2-0 and claiming the second contest 7-0.

Junior Kristin Runyan hit a two-run home run, her second of the season, in the first inning of the first game and that’s all the Skyhawks needed for the win. Runyan went three-for-three at the plate with the two RBI.

Nicole Davis earned her 10th pitching win of the season for the Skyhawks. Davis pitched all seven innings and scattered seven hits and a walk. She struck out three batters. Davis now sports and 11-6 worksheet.

In the second game, the Skyhawks scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back en route to the 7-0 win. Freshman Megan Mizell singled to right field and drove in two runs.

In the bottom of third inning, senior Angela Baize hit her fifth home run of the season to give the Skyhawks a 5-0 lead. The Skyhawks added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Freshman Fallon Lowery drove in both runs with a single to center field. Lowery finished the game with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate.

Senior Beth Buttrey, a Martin native, went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Skyhawks. Mizell was also 2-for 3 and she picked up the pitching win.

Mizell pitched five innings and gave up two hits. She struck out five of the 17 batters she faced.

The Skyhawks upped their overall record to 22-16, 5-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference, and have won four consecutive games.
The Skyhawks return to Ohio Valley Conference action this weekend when they travel to league leading Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond for a three-game series. They then return home Wednesday afternoon for a single conference game against Eastern Illinois.