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Skyhawks drop doubleheader to EKU

Skyhawks drop doubleheader to EKU

Posted on 19 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team tallied four solo home runs against Eastern Kentucky in an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader on Saturday, but the home runs would not enough as the Skyhawks dropped the twinbill to the Colonels, 4-1 and 6-3.

The Skyhawks (23-20, 9-9 OVC) were led offensively by the standout day of senior Kenzi Tate who tallied a pair of solo home runs on the day. Tate was joined in the long ball circuit by sophomore Carly Gonzales and senior Lauren Smith who both tallied solo blasts in Game 2.

The sophomore duo of Elizabeth Wiegand and Brooke Kennedy both earned a pair of starts, combining to allow 10 earned runs on the day, despite pitching complete games. Kennedy earned a start in Game 1, allowing four earned runs in seven innings of work despite striking out seven and allowing just one walk. Wiegand finished her 14th complete game after allowing six runs along with four strikeouts on the day.

Game 1: Eastern Kentucky 4, UT Martin 1

The Colonels attempted to get on the board early in the game, striking for a two run home run off the bat of Katie Tackett on just the fourth at bat of the game.

Down but not out, the Skyhawks would get on the board in the bottom of the first. Following back-to-back fly outs to left, Tate would knock a solo home run into the right center field gap to trim the lead in half, trailing 2-1.

The Colonels would get some separation in the second inning after tallying one run in the second inning before both teams went scoreless for the next four innings. EKU would put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh inning. Sarah Fobbs would double to right center before later scoring the game’s final run off Tackett’s third RBI of the game, this one off an infield single.

Game 2: Eastern Kentucky 6, UT Martin 3

Eastern Kentucky would strike in the first for the second consecutive game, scoring the game’s eventual game-winning run. With runners on second and third with just one out, Tackett would keep with the day’s theme, depositing a two run single into the left center gap. Shannon McQueen would tally the team’s other big hit in the inning, poking a two run single of her own through the left side to take an early 4-0 advantage.

The Skyhawks will get on the board in the bottom of the second inning, bringing the game to a 4-1 margin following a solo home run from Smith, her eighth of the season.

The home squad would strike again in the bottom of the third inning with the day’s third solo home run, this time off the bat of Gonzales. The home run marked the seventh of Gonzales’ season, marking her eighth career blast.

With the margin cut in half, EKU would strike again in the top of the fourth inning. McQueen would get the inning started with a double to right center. McQueen would then come around to score just two batters later following an RBI single from Kayla Joyce.

A solo home run, this one off the bat of Eastern Kentucky’s Krislyn Campos into the left center power gap, would give the Colonels a 6-2 advantage.

With the home squad down to their final three outs, the Colonels would retire the first two batters of the inning, setting up Tate with the game’s potential final out. Tate would notch her second home run of the day, this one a home run to right center would serve as the team’s final scoring output.

UT Martin will return to action, looking to pick up two games in the OVC standings with a doubleheader against Morehead State on Sunday, April 19. Action from Bettye Giles Field is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.

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Skyhawks top Missouri State 6-2

Skyhawks top Missouri State 6-2

Posted on 18 April 2015 by Allen

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Freshman left-handed pitcher Matt Poteete consistently pounded the strike zone for nine innings while his offense provided plenty of run support early in the University of Tennessee at Martin’s impressive 6-2 victory at No. 21 Missouri State this evening.

Poteete improved to 2-2 on the season after his commanding performance on the mound tonight. He went the distance – allowing only two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out a career-high eight batters over nine innings. The Humboldt, Tenn. native fired 88 of his 119 pitches for strikes.

At the plate, Nico Zych went 2-for-4 with four RBI’s while Andrew Castillo added two hits, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Taylor Douglas (three hits, two runs scored), Matt Hirsch (two hits, two walks, run scored) and Fletcher Johnson (run scored) also contributed offensively for UT Martin, who improved to 11-24 on the season by outhitting the Bears by a 12-7 margin.

The Skyhawk offense got off to a quick start, scoring a pair of runs on three hits in the first inning. Castillo and Douglas each singled with one away and Zych followed by ripping the first pitch he saw for a two-run double to give UT Martin the early advantage.

Poteete pitched around a pair of baserunners in the bottom half of the inning, tallying a pair of strikeouts to shutout Missouri State (25-9), who is ranked No. 21 nationally in this week’s Collegiate Baseball polls.

UT Martin then padded their lead with three runs on four hits in the top of the second. Hirsch singled to lead off the inning and stole second to put himself in scoring position. Johnson then singled and stole second to put runners on second and third for Castillo, who clubbed a two-run double to center to make the score 4-0. After Douglas was issued an intentional walk with two outs, Zych came through once again with a single to plate Castillo and extend the Skyhawk advantage out to 5-0.

Poteete would register two more strikeouts in the second but the Bears pushed across one run to cut UT Martin’s lead back to four runs.

After another shutdown inning by Poteete in the third, the Skyhawks tacked on another run in the fourth. Douglas roped a triple down the right field line to open the top of the frame and he came in to score just five pitches later when Zych once again manufactured the run with a sacrifice fly out to center.

Poteete cruised through the fourth, retiring the side in order on seven pitches. Missouri State scored once in the fifth but Poteete avoided the big inning by stranding a pair of runners and getting some help from Castillo, who threw out a runner at home for the second out of the inning.

>From that point on, Poteete was nearly untouchable – as he retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. He fanned the first two batters on his way to another three-up, three-down inning in the sixth and did not allow a ball out of the infield in a scoreless seventh. He needed only nine pitches to get out of the eighth inning unscathed before finishing out his remarkable effort with 11 pitches in a perfect ninth.

The Skyhawks will look to clinch at least a series victory when they tangle with Missouri State for Game 2 on Saturday, April 18. First pitch from Hammons Field is set for 2:05 p.m.

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UT Martin thumped by Morehead State, 17-7

UT Martin thumped by Morehead State, 17-7

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Allen

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Junior shortstop Matt Hirsch reached base four times today for the University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team but the Skyhawks fell 17-7 to Morehead State.

UT Martin (10-23, 5-13 Ohio Valley Conference) held a 3-1 lead after one inning of play but the Eagles scored at least three runs in four of the next six innings on the way to their 10th consecutive victory.

Matt Hirsch went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI’s to lead the Skyhawks this afternoon. Mikey Nantze blasted a two-run homer in the fourth inning while Nick Pribble scored and drove in a run out of the leadoff spot. Taylor Douglas and Drew Erie each drove in a run while Andrew Castillo, Nico Zych and Austin Taylor all crossed the plate today.

On the mound, Matt Poteete (five runs in two innings) made the start but fell to 1-2 on the season. Dillon Symon (1.1 innings), Chris Flores (0.2 innings), Michael Fidler (one inning) and Dalton Potts (one innings) each made a scoreless appearance out of the bullpen today.

Morehead State (21-13, 8-7 OVC) scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning but UT Martin sent eight batters to the plate during a three-run bottom half. Pribble walked and stole second to lead off the frame before advancing to third on a Castillo single. Douglas then lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Pribble, evening the score at 1-all. Zych and Taylor drew back-to-back walks before Hirsch delivered the big blow, a two-run double over the right fielder’s head to give the Skyhawks a 3-1 advantage.

The Eagles scratched out four runs in the second and three runs in the third before Patrick Bernard held Morehead State off the scoreboard in the fourth.

UT Martin sliced into its deficit with two runs in the fourth. Hirsch was issued a walk to lead off the inning before Nantze crushed a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left center to make the score 8-5. It was the first career round tripper for the senior catcher out of Carmichael, Calif.

Morehead State was able to score six runs in the fifth before Symon retired the side in order in the sixth. The Eagles added three runs in the top of the seventh but Fidler and Potts did not allow a single hit in the final two innings.

Hirsch ignited another scoring inning in the bottom of the eighth, singling up the middle to lead off the frame. Erie followed with a walk before pinch hitter Jake Deason jumped on a first-pitch fastball for a single to load the bases. Pribble then guided a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Hirsch.

In the bottom of the ninth, Taylor drew a four-pitch walk and Andrew Massey followed with a single. Hirsch walked to load the bases to set up Erie, who lined a single into center for an RBI that scored Taylor. However, that would be the final baserunner the Skyhawks could generate.

UT Martin now hits the road for nine straight games, starting with a midweek matchup at Southeastern Conference power Ole Miss on Wednesday, April 15. First pitch time from Swayze Field is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Skyhakws fall to Morehead, 8-6

Skyhakws fall to Morehead, 8-6

Posted on 11 April 2015 by Allen

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Taylor Douglas and Austin Taylor each stayed hot at the plate for the University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team but a four-run fifth inning by Morehead State proved to be the difference in an 8-6 Skyhawk loss this afternoon.

Home runs by Taylor and Douglas in the first three innings gave UT Martin (10-22, 5-12 Ohio Valley Conference) a lead but the Eagles scored all eight of their runs in the third through fifth innings and the Skyhawks could not catch up.

Douglas concluded the day with four RBI’s to go along with a pair of hits while Fletcher Johnson also added two hits and a run scored out of the No. 9 hole. Andrew Castillo reached base safely three times, driving in a run and scoring a run while Nick Pribble and Matt Hirsch also scored a run for UT Martin.

On the mound, Carter Smith (2-5) was charged with the loss after going allowing seven earned runs in 4.1 innings. Jackson Zarubin came on in relief in the fifth and was very effective, tossing 4.2 shutout innings – allowing only five hits (all singles) and one walk.

Smith began the game by retiring the side in order in the top of the first. He followed that with another scoreless frame in the second, pitching around a one-out double.

Taylor then gave the Skyhawks a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the second, mauling a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left field for his second homer in as many days and fourth longball of the season.

Morehead State, who won its ninth consecutive game this afternoon, got on the scoreboard with three runs in the top of the third before Douglas’ blast tilted the score back in UT Martin’s favor. After Pribble (walk) and Castillo (hit by pitch) reached base to begin the bottom of the third, Douglas cranked an inside fastball for a towering homer over the scoreboard in left field, resulting in a 4-3 Skyhawk advantage. It was the team-best sixth homer of the season for the Holladay, Tenn. native.

The Eagles were able to tie the game with one run in the top of the fourth, despite the fact that Smith struck out the side in the inning. Morehead State then struck for four runs in the top of the fifth before Zarubin entered and induced an inning-ending double play. Zarubin then tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh innings to allow the UT Martin offense to do some more damage.

In the bottom of the seventh, Hirsch was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Johnson followed with a one-out single. Pribble then walked to load the bases for Castillo, who was hit by a pitch to bring in Hirsch and make the score 8-5. Following a pitching change, Douglas guided a single through the left side to score Johnson and put the tying run on second base. However, Morehead State was able to secure an inning-ending double play to briefly pause the Skyhawk threat.

Zarubin displayed some glove work in the top of the eighth, as he snared a line drive hit right back to him and threw to first base to double-off an Eagle runner to conclude the inning with another zero posted on the scoreboard.

UT Martin was able to load the bases with one away one more time in the bottom of the eighth but once again the Eagles got out of a jam by turning an inning-ending double play.

The Skyhawk defense returned the favor in the top of the ninth, as Zarubin induced a 6-3 double play to send the game into the bottom of the ninth. However, UT Martin was unable to bring the tying run to the plate.

The Skyhawks close out their home series against Morehead State on Sunday, April 12 with a first pitch time of 1 p.m. scheduled to take place at Skyhawk Field. The game will be streamed live, free of charge on the OVC Digital Network.

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Skyhawks Softball Sweeps Belmont

Skyhawks Softball Sweeps Belmont

Posted on 04 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team proved that its bats were packed when taking on Belmont, picking up a pair of victories behind 17 runs to earn the squad’s first Ohio Valley Conference sweep with 9-3 and 8-3 victories.

The Skyhawks (18-16, 6-5 OVC) strung together 18 hits on the day while tallying four home runs to bypass the host Bruins. Senior Kenzi Tate led the team offensively with a 6-for-7 outing, finishing the day with a .857 batting average while tallying a double, a home run and three RBIs. Fellow senior Lauren Smith made the most of her pair of starts, tallying one home run and five RBIs on the day. Joining the senior duo was freshman Jodie Duncan who tallied four hits – including a home run and five RBIs.

Both pitchers were solid as well for the Skyhawk inside the circle, finding victories from the duo of Elizabeth Wiegand and Casey Vincent on the day. Wiegand tossed seven innings while allowing eight hits and three earned runs. Vincent tossed five innings while allowing nine hits and three earned runs despite tallying four strikeouts.

Game 1: UT Martin 9, Belmont 3

UT Martin would bust out of the gates in the opening inning of the contest. Faced with two outs, the Skyhawks would tally back-to-back walks before Lauren Smith sailed a double to left center, bringing around a pair of runners to take an early 2-0 lead.

The Skyhawks would strike again in the top of the third with some familiar two-out magic. Following a pair of outs to start the inning, Tate would single to right center while Alicia Hansen tallied her second walk of the contest to put runners on first and second. Much like the first inning, Lauren Smith would empty the bases once again, this time with a three-run home run to right center.

Belmont would look to find its own type of leverage in the bottom half of the third. Faced with two outs of their own, the Bruins would find back-to-back singles to bring their first run across the plate. Another double by Kat Hollingsworth followed by a single from Chelsey Deloney brought the game to a 5-3 margin.

The Skyhawks would attempt to push the game back out to a three run margin in the top of the sixth inning.
Freshman Duncan would tally a double to right center to score pinch runner Chelsey Smith from second, giving the visitors a 6-3 lead.

The visitors would tally the knockout punch in the top of the seventh inning, putting zero doubt in the final outcome of the contest with a three-run inning. With runners on second and third, Vincent would tally a pinch-hit two-run single to left center before Duncan would strike again for her second RBI of the contest with a single to left, giving the Skyhawks their ninth and final run.

Game 2: UT Martin 8, Belmont 3 (Six innings)

Much like in Game 1, the Skyhawks would look to get on the board first in the opening inning of the second contest. Carly Gonzales would lead off the game with a single to left before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt and moving into scoring position for Tate. Tate would come through in the inning with a double to right, giving the Skyhawks a 1-0 advantage.

Belmont would strike back in the bottom of the first, taking its first lead of the game with a three run inning. Three consecutive base hits would score a run before Amy Zeronian notched the Bruins big hit of the inning with a single to center, scoring a pair of runs to take a 3-1 lead.

UT Martin would use the top of the second inning to get back in the driver’s seat as Duncan led off the inning with a opposite field home run to right. With the bases loaded and just one out, Tate would single to first, bringing Savannah Dodson in to score the second run of the inning. The Skyhawks would follow up the play with a RBI groundout from Hansen to cap off the scoring threat and retaking a 4-3 lead.

The visitors would tack on another run in the top of the fourth inning. Consecutive singles from Samantha McClure and Tate along with a walk to Lauren Smith would load the bases with just one out. Duncan would continue her hot day with a single to right, bringing pinch runner Bella Zizzi in to score the team’s fifth run of the contest.
A powerful fifth inning would cap off the scoring for both teams as the Skyhawks put the game out of reach before the rain came calling. With two outs, McClure would tally her first home run of the season with a solo blast to center. The Skyhawks would keep the train rolling with a back-to-back home run from Tate to center before three consecutive walks later in the inning brought the eighth and final run across the plate.

UT Martin will make the short trek across Nashville for its next conference matchup with a doubleheader at Tennessee State on Saturday, March 4. Action against the Tigers is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.

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Skyhawks drop Finale to Govs, 6-3

Skyhawks drop Finale to Govs, 6-3

Posted on 29 March 2015 by Allen

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Just one day after recording a pair of program milestones, the University of Tennessee at Martin softball team could not overcome a balanced threat from Austin Peay in the series finale – dropping the 6-3 decision.

The Skyhawks (15-14, 4-5 OVC) posted a pair of milestones on Saturday, seeing the program notch its 700th career victory while head coach Donley Canary continued to blaze new trails atop the coaching leaderboard at UT Martin, picking up his 450th win.

With the glitz and glam of Saturday in the rear-view mirror, the Skyhawks would battle back to tie the game in the second inning before being held scoreless in the final five frames. Despite being outhit 9-8 on the day, Kacie Daugherty and Kelsey Dixon paced the home squad with two hits each. The senior duo of Dixon and Lauren Smith would each tally an RBI in the contest.

Three pitchers would see action in the circle for the Skyhawks while senior Casey Vincent (3-5) earned the hard fought loss in the contest. Vincent lasted three innings while allowing just two earned runs and striking out a pair. Elizabeth Wiegand also tossed three innings of relief while allowing one earned run. Brooke Kennedy held the Lady Govs hitless in her one inning of work.

Austin Peay (6-19, 3-7 OVC) would pick up the victory due in large part to the play of Chandler Groves with two hits and a pair of RBIs. Erica Inagaki and Courtney Brower also tallied a pair of hits on the day. Natalie Ayala picked up her third win of the season after allowing three earned runs and eight base hits.
The Lady Govs would come out of the gates with a boom, as Groves got the game started with a leadoff home run which cleared the scoreboard in left field, giving the visiting squad an early 1-0 advantage.

The visiting squad would push its lead out to three runs in the top of the second inning. The first two batters of the inning would reach base following an error and a bunt single before moving into scoring position following a ground out. The Lady Govs would tally a pair of runs in the inning with a single to left from Brower before Groves brought the third run home off a sacrifice fly to right field.

UT Martin would look to storm back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring the contest’s equalizing runs. The first four Skyhawk hitters would reach base to start the inning, including a walk and a trio of singles from Alicia Hansen, Dixon and Jodie Duncan to plate a run. Smith would later bring the second run home following a pinch hit sacrifice fly, scoring Hansen on the play. Shifty baserunning, including a pickle and fleet feet by Dixon, would result in the third run crossing the plate prior to the final tag being placed.

The Lady Govs would respond in the following half inning by retaking their advantage of an RBI single to right center from Morgan Hoeg to score Christiana Gable on the play and taking a 4-3 lead.

Austin Peay would put the game out of reach in the top of the fifth inning, pushing its margin out to three runs. The Lady Govs would notch a single from Inagaki through the left side to notch the team’s fifth run before ending the days scoring following an errant throw compounded with a wild pitch.

UT Martin will return to action on Tuesday, March 31 with a trip to Southeastern Conference opponent Ole Miss. Action from Oxford, Miss. is scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m.

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Skyhawks top Belmont in extra innings

Skyhawks top Belmont in extra innings

Posted on 29 March 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team notched its fourth straight victory this afternoon with a 5-4 walk-off victory against Ohio Valley Conference leader Belmont at Skyhawk Field.

With the win, the Skyhawks (8-16, 4-7 OVC) clinched at least a series win over Belmont for the first series win over a conference opponent since UT Martin defeated Tennessee Tech on March 23-25, 2012.

The Skyhawks were able to nab the win today behind a 10th inning double off the bat of Andrew Massey, who drove in Taylor Douglas with an opposite field shot down the right field line.

“We had an opportunity to win in extra innings,” UT Martin head coach Rick Robinson said. “That’s one of the huge advantages of playing at home. I love playing at home for the simple reason that you can give them one run when you’re up by one and still have an opportunity to win. Andrew stepped up with the clutch hit, which was one of the most clutch hits of the season because that wrapped up the series win against Belmont.”

Andrew Castillo finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle today, tallying three hits with two RBI’s and two runs scored. Taylor Douglas doubled to lead off the 10th and scored the winning run to cap off a two-hit, two-run and RBI performance. Pribble also scored a run while Fletcher Johnson came away with a multi-hit effort to lead the Skyhawks, who outhit Belmont by a 10-6 margin.

Senior right-hander Alex Martin pitched two scoreless innings to receive the win, improving to 1-3 on the season. Quinton Stevens started the game and tossed a season-high five frames, allowing three runs on only four hits. Jackson Zarubin also saw time on the mound today, accounting for three innings with zero hits allowed for UT Martin.

Belmont (12-11, 5-2 OVC) struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the first before Stevens held the Bruins off the scoreboard in the second. Belmont was able to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the third before the Skyhawks evened the score in the bottom half of the inning.

Pribble reached on an error with one out and Castillo followed with an RBI triple. Douglas then singled to make the score 3-2 and Zych would tie the game with an RBI single after Douglas stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Stevens then took over, retiring the side in order in the fourth and holding the Bruins scoreless in his fifth and final frame.

UT Martin took its first lead of the contest in the bottom of the fifth, as Castillo connected on a one-out round tripper beyond the fence in left field to give the Skyhawks a one-run lead. It was the third homer of the season for Castillo and second in the last five days for the junior out of Kennewick, Wash.

Zarubin followed with a shutout sixth before sitting the Bruins down in order in both the seventh and eighth innings to keep the Skyhawk lead at 4-3.

Belmont tied the game in the top of the ninth but UT Martin escaped any further damage with a strikeout and caught stealing double play to end the Bruin threat.

Martin pitched through a scoreless 10th inning, thanks in large part to Castillo throwing out a baserunner trying to nab the extra base at third for the second out of the inning.

Douglas and Massey then doubled in the bottom half of the frame to give the Skyhawks the victory.

UT Martin will go for the sweep on Sunday, March 29 when they host Belmont for the series finale. The Skyhawks are expected to throw senior left-hander Carter Smith (1-3, 2.03 ERA) while Belmont’s probable starting pitcher is yet to be announced.

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Skyhakws to play at Evansville in CIT Semis

Skyhakws to play at Evansville in CIT Semis

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Allen

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It was announced today that the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team will play at Evansville in the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament semifinals on Tuesday, March 31. Tipoff time from the Ford Center has yet to be announced but the game will be broadcasted live on CBS College Sports Network.

The Skyhawks are in the midst of a remarkable turnaround under head coach Heath Schroyer, a finalist for the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award. After finishing with eight overall wins and a last-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference last year, UT Martin is one win shy of tying the program record for single-season victories with a 21-12 record. The 13-win increase is tied for the fourth-best improvement in Division-I behind Temple (17), UC Davis (16) and Northern Iowa (15).

By the time that UT Martin and the Purple Aces tip off on Tuesday, the Skyhawks will be one of just 14 teams still alive in the hunt for a postseason championship. UT Martin has advanced to the CIT Final Four behind the first three Division-I postseason wins in school history, defeating Northwestern State (104-79), USC Upstate (60-49) and Eastern Kentucky (70-69) all on the road in the span of seven days. The Skyhawks now boast 12 road victories this season, which is tied for the most in the Division-I basketball ranks.

Alex Anderson has been UT Martin’s leading scorer in the postseason, averaging 19.0 points while connecting on 60 percent (15-for-25) of his three-point attempts. Twymond Howard is just behind at 18.0 points per game on 56 percent shooting (20-for-36) while Marshun Newell (14.3 points per game) and Deville Smith (12.3 points per game) have also averaged double-figures in the scoring column. Newell played the role of hero in the Skyhawks’ quarterfinal win at Eastern Kentucky, burying the game-winning three-pointer with 3.3 seconds left while Smith has led the team in rebounding (9.0 per game) and assists (6.0 per game) during the postseason run.

Evansville enters the contest with a 22-12 overall record after a home win over IPFW (82-77) and road wins over Eastern Illinois (83-68) and Louisiana (89-82) in the CIT. In his eighth season at the helm of his alma mater, Marty Simmons has guided the Purple Aces to their most victories since 1998-99.

The Purple Aces have been led by DJ Balentine, who leads the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring with 20.0 points per outing. The junior guard has elevated his game in the postseason with 30.7 points per game, including a pair of 35-point performances.

Evansville also boasts junior center Egidijus Mockevicius, whose 19 double-doubles ranked as the sixth-most in the nation this year. In CIT play, the 6-10, 225-pounder has averaged 14.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per outing.

Tickets are now on sale through the Evansville ticket office at (812) 488-2237. Skyhawk fans can ask for preferred seating in the UT Martin section, which is section 107. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for fans ages three through 17. Children age two and under get in free.

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Skyhawks split doubleheader with Tenn Tech

Skyhawks split doubleheader with Tenn Tech

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team battled tough against Tennessee Tech by a score of 2-1 before cracking out the bats in the second half of the Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader to pick up the 8-0 victory in six innings.

The Skyhawks (13-13, 2-4 OVC) scored nine runs on the day while tallying 11 base hits. Alicia Hansen and Carly Gonzales led the team with a pair of base hits while Hansen notched the team’s lone home run with a pair of RBIs.
Elizabeth Wiegand improved to 6-5 on the season while notching her seventh complete game and second shutout of the season. Wiegand allowed just two base hits while striking out a pair. Kenzi Tate started in the opener, allowing two runs in six innings of work.

Game One: Tennessee Tech 2, UT Martin 1

The Skyhawks would get on the board first in the contest as Hansen tallied the team’s lone run in the top of the second inning. Hansen would get the Skyhawks in the scoring column with a leadoff home run to center, taking a 1-0 lead.

Tennessee Tech would take its first and eventual game winning lead in the bottom of the fourth. Following an innocent groundout, Olivia Bennett would single through the left side, putting a runner on base. Alyssa Richards would bring Bennett around to score with a game-winning home run to center, picking up the 2-1 victory.
Game Two: UT Martin 8, Tennessee Tech 0 (Six innings)

After scoring just one run in the front end of the doubleheader, the Skyhawks would bust out of the gate with three runs in the top of the first. The Skyhawks would place runners on first and second following a pair of errors and a walk to Kacie Daugherty and Samantha McClure. With the bases loaded, a run would come around to score on a walk by Kelsey Dixon. The following runs would score off a single by Jodie Duncan and a steal of home by Gonzales.

UT Martin would add another trio of runs to the board in the top of the third after a leadoff single to Dixon and as Duncan was hit by a pitch. Savannah Dodson would tally her lone RBI of the day with a bunt single, bringing Dixon in from third while pinch runner Chelsey Smith stole home for the team’s fifth run of the contest. The scoring inning would be capped off following a pitching change as McClure doubled to center, scoring Dodson on the play to give the Skyhawks a 6-0 advantage.

The Skyhawks would put the contest away in the top of the sixth as the trio of Gonzales, Tate and Hansen strung together back-to-back-to-back doubles into the gap to bring a pair of runs in to score, leading to a run shortened victory at 8-0 after six.

UT Martin will return to action on Wednesday, March 25 with a doubleheader trip to Middle Tennessee. Action from Murfreesboro is scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m.

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Skyahwks fall to Tech, 9-3

Skyahwks fall to Tech, 9-3

Posted on 17 March 2015 by Allen

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A trio of University of Tennessee at Martin baseball players collected multi-hit outings today but the Skyhawks fell 9-3 in an Ohio Valley Conference series rubber match against Tennessee Tech.

The Skyhawks (3-12, 2-4 OVC) only had one less hit than Tennessee Tech but the Golden Eagles were able to score in six different innings this afternoon.

Andrew Castillo led the way for UT Martin with three hits and an RBI while Andrew Massey came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI. Taylor Douglas also added two hits while Luis Paublini (run, RBI) and Austin Taylor (run scored) contributed to the Skyhawk offense as well.

On the mound, Alex Martin (0-3) went at least six innings for the third time in four starts this season but was saddled with the loss after allowing seven runs in six innings. He recorded five punchouts while scattering seven hits. Cole Schaenzer, Chris Flores and Gary Price also each hurled one inning in relief for the Skyhawk pitching staff, who accumulated double-digit strikeouts in a game for the fourth time this season.

Martin started strong, chalking up a strikeout on three pitches to begin the game but Tennessee Tech (9-8, 3-3 OVC) scored two runs in the top of the first. The Skyhawks crushed a pair of doubles in the bottom of the first but could not push a run across the plate.

The Golden Eagles scored a run in both the second and third innings before Martin retired the side in order in the fourth inning.

UT Martin then used a two-out rally to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Taylor was hit by a pitch and later advanced to second on a balk. Paublini then lined a single into left to plate Taylor and make the score 4-1. The Skyhawks would load the bases in that inning before Tennessee Tech escaped the inning.

Tennessee Tech added three runs in the top of the fifth thanks to Chase Chambers’ second home run of the game. Martin then bounced back to post a clean sixth inning, rounding out his appearance with a called strikeout.

A pair of baserunners reached safely in the bottom half of the sixth but the Skyhawks could not manage a run. The Golden Eagles then tallied a run in the seventh but UT Martin got the run right back in the bottom half.

Massey led things off with a pinch-hit single and advanced to second on a single by Douglas. Castillo then came up with a single up the middle with two away to drive in Massey and make the score 8-2.

The Golden Eagles scored one more run in the eighth before the Skyhawks matched that with a run of their own in the eighth. Paublini drew an eight-pitch walk to lead off the frame and would later come around to score on a Massey single to centerfield.

Price struck out the side in the top of the ninth and although Castillo stroked his third hit of the day in the bottom half of the inning, UT Martin’s potential rally was short-lived.

The Skyhawks continue their four-game homestand on Tuesday, March 17 when they host the Southern Illinois Salukis at 5 p.m.

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Skyhawks Spring Practice Begins March 17th

Skyhawks Spring Practice Begins March 17th

Posted on 13 March 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin football team begins its 2015 spring practice schedule on Tuesday, March 17 at Hardy Graham Stadium.

Tuesday’s practice is the first of 15 practices over the span of 30 days for the Skyhawks, who are coming off a 6-6 overall record with a 5-3 Ohio Valley Conference mark in 2014. UT Martin concluded the season as one of the hottest teams in the Football Championship Subdivision ranks, winning five of its last six games with the only setback coming to Football Bowl Subdivision No. 1 Mississippi State.

Skyhawk head coach Jason Simpson will return 13 starters (seven on defense, six on offense) in 2015, which will be his 10th season at the helm. UT Martin officially opens the 2015 schedule with a road game at FBS member Ole Miss on Sept. 5.

During the course of the spring season, the Skyhawks will conduct three scrimmages with Saturday, April 11 serving as the annual spring game. The three scrimmages are scheduled to take place on April 3, (9:30 a.m.), April 11 (10 a.m.) and April 15 (7 p.m.)

All practices are open to the public. Dates and times are subject to change. A complete spring practice schedule is listed below:
*Tuesday, March 17, 3:50 p.m.
*Wednesday, March 18, 6:45 p.m.
*Thursday, March 19, 3:50 p.m.
*Monday, March 23, 3:50 p.m.
*Tuesday, March 24, 3:50 p.m.
*Thursday, March 26, 3:50 p.m.
*Tuesday, March 31, 3:50 p.m.
*Thursday, April 2, 3:50 p.m.
*Friday, April 3, 9:30 a.m. (scrimmage)
*Monday, April 6, 3:50 p.m.
*Tuesday, April 7, 3:50 p.m.
*Thursday, April 9, 3:50 p.m.
*Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. (scrimmage)
*Monday, April 13, 3:50 p.m.
*Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m. (scrimmage)

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Skyhawks split doubleheader against Murray State

Skyhawks split doubleheader against Murray State

Posted on 08 March 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team picked up a 6-3 win in its Ohio Valley Conference opener today before falling 1-0 in the doubleheader nightcap against the Murray State Racers.

The Skyhawk pitching staff posted a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings today, allowing only 11 hits (nine singles) for a .190 opponent batting average. Freshman right-hander Michael Fidler (four innings, two runs on two hits) earned the win in relief in Game 1 with Patrick Bernard (three strikeouts in two scoreless innings) earning his second save of the season. Daniel Shaw (Game 1 start, one run on two hits in three innings), Carter Smith (one earned run, six strikeouts in seven innings of Game 2) and Matt Poteete (one perfect relief inning in Game 2) also saw time on the mound today for UT Martin, who is 2-8 overall with a 1-1 OVC mark.

At the plate, Taylor Douglas scored twice and piled up four hits in eight at-bats today while Andrew Castillo and Jake Deason each pieced together three hits. Nico Zych drove in a pair of runs to lead the Skyhawks today, who outhit Murray State by a 17-11 margin.

These two teams will meet for a rubber match to determine a series winner on Sunday, March 8 at 12 p.m.

Game 1
UT Martin pushed four runs across the plate in the top of the eighth to beat the defending OVC Pitcher of the Year Brock Downey in the Game 1 victory.

The Racers scored a run in the bottom of the first but the Skyhawks came back to tie the game in their next at-bat. Luis Paublini singled to right field to open the frame and Matt Hirsch reached after he was hit by a pitch. Castillo then singled to load the bases with no outs and two pitches later, Mikey Nantze brought in Paublini with a squeeze bunt to even the contest at 1-all.

Shaw then kept Murray State off the scoreboard in each of the next two innings before giving way to Fidler, who needed only nine pitches to breeze through a perfect bottom of the fourth.

The Skyhawks took their first lead of the game in the top of the fifth. Douglas lined a two-out double down the left field line and Zych followed with an RBI single to result in a 2-1 UT Martin advantage.

Murray State scored two runs with two outs in the fifth to briefly reclaim the lead. Fidler then retired the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings to give the Skyhawks a chance to win in the late innings.

UT Martin rewarded Fidler with four runs in the top of the eighth. Douglas drew a leadoff walk and five pitches later, Zych found the gap for a triple out to right field to tie the score at 3-all. Following a pitching change, Zych scored the go-ahead run on an error and Castillo followed with a RBI single to plate Hirsch. With two away, Andrew Massey ripped a 2-0 pitch for an opposite-field triple to score Castillo and make the score 6-3 in favor of the Skyhawks.

Bernard then tallied a pair of strikeouts in the bottom of the eighth and pitched around pair of two-out singles to record the final out via a called strikeout to clinch UT Martin’s win.

Game 2
The Skyhawks took a 1-0 lead through five innings but Murray State was able to scratch out two unanswered runs to close out the game.

UT Martin placed baserunners on the corners with one out in the top of the first but could not manufacture a run. Smith then began his tremendous outing by stranding a pair of Racers in the bottom half of the frame to keep the game scoreless.

Smith then found his groove. After issuing back-to-back walks to begin the second inning, he retired 12 consecutive batters until Murray State led off the sixth inning with a single.

Meanwhile, the UT Martin offense got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. Deason singled with one out and swiped second base during the following at-bat. Zych (reached on an error) and Paublini (walk) then reached to load the bases for Matt Hirsch, who took a walk on five pitches to score Deason.

Smith recorded two strikeouts in the aforementioned sixth inning but the Racers were able to tie the game at 1-all on a sacrifice fly.

Murray State was able to put a man in scoring position in the seventh inning but Smith buckled down, recording the final out on a called strikeout to keep the score 1-1.

However, the Racers were able to generate a run early in the bottom of the eighth before Poteete came in and picked up three outs on four pitches.

UT Martin had the heart of its order up in the top of the ninth but the Skyhawks could not put the potential tying run on the basepaths.

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Murray State holds off UT Martin 73-67

Murray State holds off UT Martin 73-67

Posted on 01 March 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team led Ohio Valley Conference champion Murray State at halftime but ultimately fell by a 73-67 margin on Senior Night at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

The Skyhawks (18-11, 10-6 OVC) have received a first round bye into the OVC Tournament quarterfinals and will enter the field as the No. 4 seed. UT Martin will officially make its 10th appearance in the league’s postseason tournament on Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. when it takes on the winner of the No. 5 Morehead State/No. 8 Southeast Missouri game that will take place on March 4.

Deville Smith cracked the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season, scoring 21 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Twymond Howard added 17 points while Marshun Newell (eight points, team-high 10 rebounds) narrowly missed a double-double for UT Martin, who only committed eight turnovers tonight.

Murray State (26-4, 16-0 OVC) won its 24th straight game and became the fifth team in OVC history to go undefeated in league play thanks in large part to Cameron Payne, who registered 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Jarvis Williams tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds while Jeffery Moss also added 11 points for the Racers.

“We had our chances,” UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer said. “I thought we played really well in the first half, especially sharing the ball. In the second half, we tried to do it ourselves at times and they did a nice job of getting us out of rhythm. Murray State is a very good basketball team and I give them a lot of credit.”

It was an emotional day from the start, as the Skyhawks honored the senior trio of Khristian Taylor, Smith and Newell for their career contributions during a pregame ceremony.

Howard helped carry UT Martin early, scoring four of the team’s first six points to give the Skyhawks a 6-5 advantage less than three minutes into the contest. The Racers came back with five unanswered points before Anderson knocked down a three-pointer from the left wing to slice UT Martin’s deficit to 10-9.

Murray State then scored seven unanswered points until Arkeem Joseph started a Skyhawk rally. He scored on two straight possessions to ignite an 11-0 run and tilt the score back in UT Martin’s favor. Newell buried a deep three-pointer and added a fast break layup off a steal to give the Skyhawks a 20-17 lead with 9:31 to play in the first half.

The Racers followed with a 7-0 run over the next 1:22, taking a 24-20 lead in the process. Nearly four minutes later, Richard Lee canned a trifecta from the left corner to even the score at 26-all.

Williams scored on a tip-in at the 2:15 mark but UT Martin concluded the half on an 8-3 run, as Howard and Smith each tallied four points during the spurt to give the Skyhawks a 34-31 advantage at the break.

Howard’s eight points paced UT Martin in the first half, helping the Skyhawks shoot an even 50 percent (14-for-28) from the floor. Payne registered 15 points in the first 20 minutes to lead Murray State, who shot 46.2 percent (12-for-26) in the first half.

After Murray State evened the score with a three-pointer to begin the second half, Howard answered right back with a trey of his own from the right corner to give UT Martin a 37-34 lead.

A pair of Javier Martinez free throws tied the game once again at 39-39 but the Racers reeled off seven unanswered points. Smith came away with a steal and a fast break pull-up three-pointer at the 14:18 mark to pull the Skyhawks within four points (46-42) but Murray State then tallied a quick 7-0 run to take a 53-42 edge at the 12:25 mark.

UT Martin followed with its own run, scoring seven of the next nine points to make it a six-point game (55-49) with 9:45 left to play. Payne answered with a three-pointer just 16 seconds later to make the score 58-49 in Murray State’s favor.

The Skyhawks then kept chipping away, thanks to Smith. The Jackson, Miss. native accounted for seven points in a row to help UT Martin get within one possession (64-62) with three minutes to play. However, Murray State scored five unanswered points to push its lead back out to seven point with 38 seconds left. Anderson sank a three-pointer seven seconds later but the Racers made their final four free throw attempts to seal the win.

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OVC honors Butler

OVC honors Butler

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Allen

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The Ohio Valley Conference begins a new tradition in 2015 with the recognizing of men’s and women’s basketball legends from each of its member institutions during the OVC Basketball Tournament. Former Skyhawk guard Heather Butler has been chosen to represent UT Martin in the inaugural tradition.

With roots dating back to 1948, the OVC and its member institutions have produced many outstanding student-athletes who have earned numerous accolades and led their respective schools to success on the hardwood.

Each OVC member institution identified both a male and female legend to be honored through signage and announcements at this year’s and next year’s championship. This year the league selected six male student-athletes and six female student-athletes and next year the next group of 12 legends will be honored.

Butler finished her career as the top scorer in OVC history with 2,865 points which ranked 16th on the NCAA’s all-time leaderboard. Named the 2014 OVC Player of the Year, Butler ranked ninth in the country in scoring with 23.6 points per game along with setting her third NCAA three-point record with 392 career three-pointers made. Butler scored in double figures in 129 consecutive games – every game of her career – ranking as the second longest streak in NCAA history. Her 129 game double figures streak ranks fifth on the all-time NCAA list. She later signed a free agent contract with the San Antonio Stars, becoming the first OVC player to play in the WNBA.

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