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Tate and Hansen earn OVC Honors

Posted on 05 May 2015 by Allen


A pair of University of Tennessee at Martin softball players took home postseason awards as announced at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament banquet on Tuesday evening, highlighted by senior Kenzi Tate being named to the All-OVC first team while freshman Alicia Hansen took home All-Newcomer honors as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Along with the two Skyhawks honored, Murray State’s Jessica Twaddle was named OVC Player of the Year while SIUE’s Haley Chambers, Baylee Douglass and Sandy Montgomery took home their respective OVC Pitcher, Freshman and Coach of the Year honors after winning the league’s regular season title and the right to host the OVC Softball Tournament this week.

Tate becomes just the fifth player in the program’s 31 year history to take home All-OVC first team honors twice in a career after achieving the same honor during the 2013 season. Tate joins Jenny Bain (2009, 2010), Megan Williams (2009, 2010), Kristen Runyan (2003, 2005) and Jessica Crosser (1997, 1998) to ever accomplish the feat multiple times.

A native of Opdyke, Ill., Tate earned her distinguished honor after leading the Skyhawks in all three Triple Crown categories, pacing the squad with a .345 batting average while notching nine home runs and driving in 38 runs on the season. She slugged an impressive .628 while managing an on-base percentage of .447 after drawing 28 walks. Along with her bat, she tallied seven stolen bases while converting to first base where she maintained a .988 fielding percent.

Tate leaves UT Martin in the top-10 in six career categories, ranking second with 80 walks, third with 120 RBIs, fourth with 27 home runs, fourth with 62 extra base hits, eighth with 32 doubles and ninth with 272 total bases. Her 56 RBIs during the 2013 season still rank as the program’s all-time record for RBIs in a single season while ranking second in single-season home runs, third in single-season slugging percentage and fifth in total bases.
Hansen burst onto the scene during her freshman campaign, bringing her record-breaking Ohio high school power to the Division I level. Hitting as high as .352 to close out March, Hansen finished her season with strong final numbers turning in a .278 batting average while ranking fourth on the team with six home runs and third with 28 RBIs.

Hailing from Miamisburg, Ohio, Hansen tied a UT Martin single-game record with four hits against Southeastern Louisiana on Feb. 7. Her power made a big impact in the Texas Tech Invitational in which she tallied three home runs and nine RBIs during a four game span, including a grand slam against Big 12 foe Texas Tech. Hansen is the 20th Skyhawk to take home All-Newcomer honors in the past decade.

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