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Tate and Hansen earn OVC Honors

Tate and Hansen earn OVC Honors

Posted on 05 May 2015 by Allen

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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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Skyhawks top Bethel 8-0

Skyhawks top Bethel 8-0

Posted on 23 April 2015 by Allen

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Serving as the final tune-up prior to the stretch run for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, the University of Tennessee at Martin softball schedule capped off the non-conference portion of the season’s schedule with an 8-0 victory over NAIA foe Bethel on Thursday evening.

The Skyhawks (24-20) tallied eight hits on the day while drawing three walks to pace the squad to the six inning victory. All-OVC candidates Kenzi Tate and Carly Gonzales paced the team with two hits each while combining to tallying three RBIs on the day. Four other Skyhawks tallied base hits, including base knocks from Alicia Hansen, Jodie Duncan, Renate Meckl and Kacie Daugherty.

Three Skyhawk arms saw action against the Lady Wildcats with Tate (3-5) notching her first action in the circle in nearly a month. The senior looked anything but rusty in her return, posting three innings of one hit ball while striking out a pair. The sophomore duo of Brooke Kennedy and Elizabeth Wiegand also got in the action, combining to allow just two hits while striking out two in three scoreless innings of relief.

“It was good to finally get on the field and play some meaningful softball,” said UT Martin head coach Donley Canary. “We have really been plagued with bad weather all season and especially recently. It was good to get the bats going, get everyone some work and look to carry over some of this momentum into this final stretch.”

The Skyhawks got the game going in the bottom of the second inning, putting the game’s first run on the board. Hansen would lead off the inning with a single to center before moving into scoring position after swiping her team-leading 15th stolen base of the season. Fellow freshman Duncan would bring the speedster around to score with an RBI single up the middle to take an early 1-0 lead.

UT Martin would look for some insurance in the bottom of the third, stretching its lead out to three. Samantha McClure would reach following an error to lead off the inning before seeing the bases become loaded as Tate singled up the middle and Lauren Smith worked a walk. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Kelsey Dixon would notch the first run of the inning before Tate tacked on the inning’s second run on a successful double steal of home with senior partner Dixon taking second.

Facing the Lady Wildcats’ fourth pitcher in as many innings, the Skyhawks would put further distance between the two squads in the top of the fourth. Meckl would get the inning started with a bloop single to center before being pulled for pinch runner Bella Zizzi. Gonzales would later bring the speedy Zizzi around to score with a double laced to right center.

Gonzales and McClure would set up the following scoring situation after McClure drew a walk and Gonzales advanced to third on a wild pitch. Much like the third inning, the Skyhawks would notch the game’s second double steal as Gonzales crossed to plate to give the home squad a 5-0 margin after four innings.

With the game already decided, the Skyhawks would land the contest’s final blow in the bottom of the sixth inning, bringing the game to an early conclusion. An error would lead off the inning before Daugherty drilled a double to left center, scoring Meckl on the play. The game would later end as the Skyhawks placed runners on second and third with one out. Tate would lace a double off the left center wall to bring the pair of runners across to score and wrap up the contest with an 8-0 victory.

UT Martin will return to action this weekend with a three game series at OVC leader SIUE. The Skyhawks and Cougars will pair off for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 25 with the series finale slated for Sunday.

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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 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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Skyahawk Softball add 9 to 2015 Signing Class

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Skyahawk Softball add 9 to 2015 Signing Class

Posted on 13 November 2014 by Allen

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Donley Canary, head softball coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin has announced the signing of nine players to softball scholarships. The nine players include Kelsi Dickey from Mt. Juliet; Alli Fulcher from Hendersonville; Lauren Myers from Brentwood; Taylor Saxon from Dewy Rose, Ga.; Katie Warrick from Chapel Hill; Brooke Graham from Lyles; Alexa Combs from Crossville, Ill.; Gracyn McBride from Metropolis, Ill.; and Jessie Douglas from Brookport, Ill.

“We needed help at a lot of different positions with the loss of seven seniors next year,” said Canary who enters his 14th year as head coach of the Skyhawks. “The class as a whole is the best that we have ever brought into UT Martin, at least on paper. It has speed, power, baserunning ability, kids that hit both for average and power along with power pitching. It meets a lot of the needs that we will be losing.”

Dickey is a 5-7 position player that will play the outfield for the Skyhawks. Dickey prepped for head coach Jody Attwood at Friendship Christian where she helped the team to a 26-16 record as a junior. Last season she posted a .426 batting average along with a .462 on-base percentage to go with five home runs, five triples, 43 RBIs and 44 runs scored. Her statistics earned her Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Division II-A Miss Softball East-Middle Tennessee honors along with All-State recognition.

“Kelsey was a Division II Player of the Year as a junior. She has tremendous speed with a mixture of power. Although she is coming off injuries, we expect her to make a big impact following a full recovery.”

Fulcher is a 5-5 middle infielder from Station Camp High School where she prepped under head coach Ken Crook. She hit .463 as a sophomore for Station Camp while posting an impressive .409 average with nine home runs and just six strikeouts with the Germantown Red Devils 16U team.

“Alli can play in the middle infield and is an outstanding hitter. She’s played on a great travel team for the past two years with the Germantown Red Devils that has performed nationally. She’s purely a hitter. She’s not a large athlete, but hits with great power.”

Myers is a 5-5 outfielder from Ravenwood High School where she played for head coach Christina Pangello. Among several career accolades, Myers has been named Rookie of the Year, a two-time Athlete of the Week, Offensive Player of the Year, All-District and an All-Middle Tennessee Class AAA All-State selection.

“We saw Lauren play late this summer out in Colorado with the Huntsville Sparks. She’s a great student with outstanding softball ability. She runs extremely well, can slap for average or swing away with considerable power. She’s an All-State performer from the left side that is an outstanding defensive outfielder as well.”

Saxon is a 5-6 athlete who splits time between the pitching rubber and first base. She hails from Hart County High School where she played under head coach Britney Burton. In 25 games this season, she has hit .313 with two home runs and 14 RBIs. For her career, Saxon has notched a .339 average with 10 home runs, nine doubles and 53 RBIs. As a pitcher she has posted a 2.22 record in 23 appearances. She has recorded 138 strikeouts and allowed just 42 earned runs in 132.2 innings of work.

“Taylor is a young lady that we got a late start on. We got a good lead on her and we saw that not only can she pitch, but can also hit with power. She’s going to be a combination player that can both pitch for us while splitting time between the DP spot and first base when she’s not in the circle. She gets after it and plays hard, we’re very excited to have her join our program.”

Warrick is a 6-0 corner infielder from Forrest High School where she played under Becky Cheatham. She was a Class A All-State selection after leading the Lady Rockets to a 31-6 record and a state tournament appearance. Along with All-State honors she was named All-District MVP. One of her top performances came against Nashville Christian School in the opening round of the Region 6-A Tournament, belting a pair of home runs to clinch a spot in the finals.

“Katie is a young lady that kind of fell into our lap. We had seen her play back in the summer and she had early verbally committed to another institution and thankfully decided that this is where she wanted to play. She’s an outstanding power hitter, the likes that I can’t remember ever signing before. She has good fielding ability and is very agile that can play at both third and first base.”

Graham is a 5-4, switch-hitting outfielder who hails from East Hickman High School where she played under head coach Todd Collins. Among her numerous accolades throughout her career, she took home a Golden Glove award, and was a two-time recipient of both the most stolen bases award and highest batting average along with the Game Changer Award her junior year.

“Brooke is a left-handed slapper that we have seen develop for several years through our softball camps. She’s another kid that can absolutely fly and we will see her man the outfield as she is a great defensive outfielder as well as a strong baserunner.”

Combs is a 5-7 middle infielder out of Carmi-White County High School where she prepped under head coach Scott Conner. Combs is three-time All-South honoree along with being named first team all-conference as both a sophomore and junior. As a junior, Combs hit .396 with three home runs and 20 RBIs while stealing 20 bases on the year. Along with being an All-State honoree, she also recently competed in the IHSA State Tennis Tournament.
“Alexa is a very strong hitter that has over the fence power but hits with authority into the gaps. She likes to make her living in the gaps and will come in and battle for playing time at shortstop.”

McBride is a 5-8 corner infielder from Massac County High School where she prepped for head coach Pat Clark. Her junior year saw McBride post dominating figures, tallying a .405 batting average to go along with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs. For her career, McBride has hit .454 in 349 plate appearances, mashing 24 home runs, tallying 48 doubles and driving in 166 runs. She was a three-time SIRR Ohio Division All-Conference recipient while being named All-South on three occasions along with three All-State honors.

“Gracyn comes out of a very strong high school program along with fellow signee Jessie Douglas. She’s an SEC type player with a strong arm, good fielding ability and great power. We envision her coming in and challenging for playing time right away at third base while also giving us some depth at the catcher position.”

Douglas joins her teammate McBride to join the Skyhawks from Massac County High School and head coach Pat Clark. The 5-10 athlete can play nearly anywhere on the field but will be called upon to challenge for duties at shortstop for the Skyhawks. Douglas hit .458 with six home runs, nine doubles, four triples and 35 RBIs as a junior. For her career, Douglas has posted a .443 average, bashed 13 home runs, tallied 28 RBIs and drove in 98 runs. She is a two-time SIRR All-Conference recipient along with back-to-back spots on both the All South and All-State teams.

“After watching Jessie play all fall, she going to come in and have the opportunity to be our shortstop. She’s a line-drive hitter with a good arm and is very knowledgeable of the game. I have really grown to appreciate her ability after being able to watch her play so much this fall.”

“With this class we have depth at every position on our ball club,” said Canary. “I very much believe that depth leads to competition and competition breeds success. These young players will have to come in to our program and fight for position. It’s going to be exciting to see what our future holds.”

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Skyhawks Softball sets Fall Schedule

Skyhawks Softball sets Fall Schedule

Posted on 02 September 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin head softball coach Donley Canary has announced the team’s 2014 fall schedule, highlighted by the Skyhawk Fall Classic scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19-20.

UT Martin will open the fall portion of their practice season today as the Skyhawks will have five weeks of practice and games to prepare the squad for the regular season portion of the 2015 slate next spring. The Skyhawks began the practice season today and will have several practices and games through Oct. 5.

The Skyhawks will once again host the Skyhawk Fall Classic which will welcome 18 teams to Bettye Giles Field and Martin Parks & Recreation Fields beginning on Friday, Sept. 19, before concluding with a 24-game day on Saturday, Sept. 20.

UT Martin will play five games during the tournament before wrapping up their fall slate with a pair of contests. The Skyhawks open the fall on Friday, Sept. 19 on Field No. 4 at the Martin Parks and Recreation Field against Chattanooga State at 4 p.m., before taking on Northwest Mississippi at 6 p.m.

The Skyhawks will return to action the following morning when they return to Bettye Giles Field to take on Memphis at 11 a.m. before hosting Jackson State Community College at 1 p.m. They will close out their tournament appearance at 5 p.m. when they play host to Kaskaskia Community College.

Following the tournament, the Skyhawks will host Bethel on Sept. 13 at Bettye Giles Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Skyhawks will close out the fall season on Friday, Oct. 3 when they play host to Dyersburg State Community College in a 10-inning showdown scheduled for 4 p.m.

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Kacie Daugherty transfers to UT Martin

Kacie Daugherty transfers to UT Martin

Posted on 02 June 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin head softball coach Donley Canary has announced the addition of transfer Kacie Daugherty, a 5-4 utility player from Dyersburg State to the 2014 recruiting class. Daugherty will have two years of eligibility for the Skyhawks.

“Kacie is a young lady that we have been watching for several years,” said Canary. “She has a history of playing for very strong travel squads while posting promising numbers at her last two stops. She is a player that we feel very fortunate to add to our program. She runs extremely well, can hit at a high average, plays very hard and is a player that we can expect to compete for a starting spot at several positions. She gives us the ability to fill several holes in either the infield or outfield. It is just a bonus that we can grab a player of this quality from our local area.”

A native of South Fulton, Ky., Daugherty saw action in 44 games for Dyersburg State while being named the team’s most valuable player and Golden Spike Award recipient. Daugherty ranked second on the Lady Eagles squad with a .370 batting average while notching nine doubles, three triples and one home run along with driving in 24 RBIs en route to first team all-conference honors. She led the team with 54 runs scored and 54 base hits. She posted a .493 slugging percentage while maintaining a .474 on-base percentage. She tallied a career-high four RBIs off her first career grand slam in a 3-for-5 performance against Volunteer State.

Prior to joining Dyersburg State, Daugherty played her freshman season at Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee State. She saw action in 46 games for the Tigers while posting a .230 batting average, one home run and 17 RBIs. She posted a breakout performance against Florida A&M, tallying a solo home run and drawing two walks.

Daugherty started for five years for head coach Curt Lee at South Fulton High School. She helped her squad to four district championships. In 2010, she guided SFHS to a regional championship and a third place finish at the State Championships. She was been named a four-time All-District selection. She led her team in stolen bases as an eighth grader and continued to hold that honor through her senior campaign. She had a career batting average of .453, which included hitting .510 as a freshman and .505 as a junior.

Daugherty will join an already decorated signing class which includes Alicia Hansen (Miamisburg, Ohio), Jodie Duncan (Munford, Tenn.), Savannah Dodson (Huntingdon, Tenn.), Hanna Jones (Harrisburg, Ill.) and Aeron Smith (Bowling Green, Ky.).

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Lady Vols advance to Super Regionals

Lady Vols advance to Super Regionals

Posted on 18 May 2014 by Allen

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Sophomore Lexi Overstreet powered the No. 10 seed Lady Vols (45-10) to a 2-0 victory over Lipscomb (41-15) on Saturday afternoon in the Knoxville Regional. UT advances to the NCAA Super Regionals for the seventh time in program history and third straight season.

After five scoreless innings, sophomore Haley Tobler led off with a hit to left center to snag a single. Overstreet followed up with a two-run homer, putting UT on the board. It marked Overstreet’s eighth homerun this season.

Senior Ellen Renfroe (29-6) earned the win, allowing only three hits, while striking out 10 Lipscomb batters in 7.0 innings pitched. It marked her 11th shutout this year. Ashley Anderson (20-8) takes the loss for the Bison, allowing five hits, two earned runs and retiring nine UT batters in 7.0 innings pitched.

Senior Melissa Davin went 2-for-3 on the day, and Overstreet along with senior Madison Shipman finished 1-for-3.

The Lady Vols head to Norman, Okla., for the NCAA Super Regionals held May 22-25.

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Southern Illinois Softball tops Skyhakws 9-0

Southern Illinois Softball tops Skyhakws 9-0

Posted on 24 April 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team could not overcome two huge innings by Southern Illinois, spotting the Salukis nine runs in the opening two frames of the game, before ultimately falling it its final non-conference game of the season 9-0 in five innings at Charlotte West Stadium.
The Skyhawks (23-24-1) dropped its eighth decision in the last nine games after being held to just five hits on the day. Five players each tallied a hit on the day as Gabby Glenn, Stephanie Nidiffer, Kayla Wade, Deven Wilson and Lauren Smith tallied singles on the day.

Casey Vincent (6-8) was hit with the loss, allowing seven hits and three walks while allowing nine runs, with just four runs being earned. Elizabeth Wiegand appeared in relief, striking out three and allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings of work.

Southern Illinois (25-20) was led by the play of Kelsey Gonzales who was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a three-run home run. Merri Ann Patterson tallied one hit, notching two RBIs on the day. Taylor Orsburn (6-2) notched her first career shutout with a four-hit shutout inside the circle.

The Salukis got on the board in the opening frame of the day. Kalyn Harker got the inning started with a single off the first base bag before Vincent registered two outs in a row. Shaye Harre would draw a two-out walk before Gonzales got the Salukis on the board with a three-run blast over the left field wall, giving SIU the early 3-0.
The Salukis would keep the pressure coming as the ensuing batters reached on an error and walk before a fluke single in no-man’s land fell short of the outstretched arm of Taylor Manning to score Orsborn. Another two runs would score on the next at bat as an infield single by Patterson plated a pair for the Salukis, leading 6-0 after the first.

SIU would stay on the offensive in the second inning, adding another three runs to stretch its margin. Harre and Orsburn would each tally singles with a walk to Gonzales sandwiched in-between, loading the bases for the Salukis with one out. The Salukis would tally two runs on the ensuing play, as Meredith Wilson reached on a fielder’s choice while an error on a potential force out allowed the pair of runs to score. SIU would tally its final run of the inning on an RBI groundout by Kelsea Ashton, giving the home squad the 9-0 lead after two innings of play.
The Skyhawks would look to get on the board in the top of the fifth inning as Wade reached on an infield hit before scrambling to second on an error on the play. Smith would snap a seven-game hitless streak with a single up the middle to put the Skyhawks on first and third with no outs. The Saluki starter would shut the door however, picking up three consecutive outs to preserve the shutout.

UT Martin will look to bounce back this weekend when playing host to Southeast Missouri for the final home series of the season. The three-game series is scheduled to get underway with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m. with Senior Day festivities scheduled for Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m.

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Skyhawks sweep TSU

Skyhawks sweep TSU

Posted on 06 April 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team had to go extra innings and a pair of walk-off victories to pick up its fifth straight win and series sweep over Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon at Bettye Giles Field.

The Skyhawks (19-16-1, 7-3 OVC) were led by the play of two standout freshman on the day as Taylor Manning went 3-for-6 with one home run, the first of her career, and three RBIs while Carly Gonzales tallied one home run and two RBIs, including the game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th inning in Game Two.

The pitchers saw action for the Skyhawks, highlighted by the play of Casey Vincent and Brooke Kennedy. Vincent earned a no decision in Game Two, but tossed a career-high 10.1 innings while striking out 14, walking four and allowing just one earned run. Kennedy appeared in relief both contests, earning a pair of victories. Kennedy tossed 2.1 inning while striking out one and allowing one earned run. Elizabeth Wiegand also appeared in the circle, earning a no decision following her start of Game One, tossing 5.1 innings and allowing three earned runs.

Game One: UT Martin 6, Tennessee State 5

Tennessee State (14-25, 2-9 OVC) got the day started with a run in the first inning, following an infield error, allowing the leadoff batter to reach base and eventually come around to score to take the early lead.
The Tigers would add to their lead in the top of the second inning following a leadoff base hit by Ashley Haynes. Haynes would eventually come around to score in the inning off an RBI single through the left side by Kiarra Freeman to stretch their lead out to 2-0.

UT Martin would make join in the action in the bottom half of the second with three runs of its own to take the 3-2 lead. Gonzales would be hit with a pitch before Lauren Smith doubled to right center, moving the pair into scoring position with one out. The pair’s time on the base paths would be minimal as Manning launched her first career home run to left center, scoring three.

The Skyhawks would tally another insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Manning would get in the action once again, singling up the middle to lead off the inning. Following a sacrifice bunt, moving two Skyhawks into scoring position with one out, senior Kayla Wade tallied a single to the pitcher to load the bases. Kenzi Tate would drive in Manning with a sacrifice fly to center field, leading the Tigers 4-2.

Tennessee State would respond in the following inning by tallying two runs of its own. Three consecutive base hits to start the inning would plate one run following an RBI single by Rebekka Gross. The Tigers would hang another run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Liz Stansberry, knotting the game at four heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

The game did not stay tied very long in the sixth inning following a critical at bat by Gonzales. Gonzales would launch a second-pitch home run over the center field wall for first career home run, taking a slim 5-4 lead into the seventh inning.

As the Skyhawks looked to shut down the final TSU threat, the Tigers would tie the game yet again in the inning. Jayna Hanawahine tallied a double into the left field gap. Hanawahine would soon come around to score on an RBI single to left field.

Wade used the bottom of the seventh inning to show her quick feet, reaching base after being struck by a pitch. Wade would quickly swipe second base before coming around to score on a pair of errors by the TSU catcher to secure the 6-5 victory.

Game Two: UT Martin 4, Tennessee State 3 (11)

Tennessee State struck first in the Game Two, tallying one run in the top of their third. Courtney Gearlds would lead off the inning to center field before coming around to score on a wild pitch.
Action began to pick up later in the game as UT Martin tallied its first run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Gonzales led off the inning with a single to left field before being cut down in a fielder’s choice by Smith who would be pulled for pinch runner Gabby Glenn.

After nine innings of play, the game moved into an international tie breaker run, placing the last registered out on second base to begin the inning.

Both teams would score a single run in 10th inning before an exciting 11th inning decided the game. Tennessee State would tie the game in the top of the fourth inning with a single up the middle off the bat of Tayler Shimizu, taking the 3-2 lead. The Skyhawks would switch to Kennedy with one out and runners on first and third. Kennedy would get consecutive groundouts to end the inning and keep the Skyhawks within striking distance.

The Skyhawks would have Wade placed on second to start the inning with no outs. Tate would lay down a successful sacrifice bunt to move Wade over to third with one out. Sophomore standout Deven Wilson would come in to pinch hit for Renate Meckl, laying down a bunt single which pushed Wade, the tying run, across the plate. Another sacrifice bunt by Stephanie Nidiffer would move Wilson into scoring position with two outs. Faced with two outs and a 0-2 count, Gonzales laced a single to left field which would bring Wilson around to score for the game winning run.

UT Martin will look to continue its season-best five game winning streak tomorrow, Sunday, April 6 when it play host to another OVC doubleheader when Belmont comes to town. Action from Bettye Giles Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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Skyhawks split doubleheader with SIU Edwardsville

Skyhawks split doubleheader with SIU Edwardsville

Posted on 30 March 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team struggled in the series opener against Ohio Valley Conference foe SIU Edwardsville on Sunday afternoon, dropping Game One 7-2, before fighting back for a decisive 9-2 victory to split the doubleheader.

The Skyhawks (15-16-1, 5-3 OVC) scored 11 runs on the day, including nine in second game of the day. Lauren Smith tallied the lone home run of the day, including four walks. Kelsey Dixon tallied three hits on the day, driving in a pair of runs. Samantha McClure tallied three-RBIs on the afternoon while Carly Gonzales and Stephanie Nidiffer also tallied multi-RBI games with two apiece.

Casey Vincent (3-4) earned a victory in the circle, allowing two earned runs in seven innings of work. Vincent struck out four while allowing one walk and holding the Cougars to a .154 batting average. Elizabeth Wiegand (9-4) picked up the loss after allowing four earned runs in seven innings of work. Wiegand struck out seven while walking one but allowed the Cougars to post a .281 average.

Game One: SIUE 7, UT Martin 2

SIUE struck first in the top of the second inning off three Skyhawk errors. The leadoff batter reached on an infield error before eventually coming around to score on the second error of the inning. Brittany Toney would tally an RBI single down the right field line to give the Cougars an early 2-0 lead. The Cougars would add another run on an error before Jordan LaFave singled to right field scoring a pair and extending the SIUE lead out to 5-0.
The Cougars would strike again in the top of the third inning to extend their lead. Haley Chambers would lead off the third inning with a walk before coming around to score on an RBI double into center field off the bat of Whitney Lanphier.

The Skyhawks would finally bust into the hit column in the bottom of the third. Smith would lead off the inning with a seven-pitch walk before being pulled for pinch runner Bella Zizzi. Zizzi wasted little time making her presence known, swiping second base. Zizzi would come around to score two batters later as Dixon would single to left center, cutting into the Cougars margin.

SIUE would look to get its advantage back to six in the top of the fourth inning. Chelsea Yankolovich and Allison Smiley would both tally outfield singles, putting runners on first and third with two outs. Chambers would use a well-placed bunt single back to the pitcher to score Yankolovich, giving the Cougars the 7-1 advantage after four innings.

UT Martin would tally their second and final hit of the day in the bottom of the fifth inning off the bat of Smith. Following a leadoff strikeout, Smith would smoke a solo home run, her fifth of the season, off the left field scoreboard. The run would bring the Skyhawks to a 7-2 deficit, the game’s final score.

Game Two: UT Martin 9, SIUE 2

Much like in Game One, the Cougars struck first. SIUE tallied two hits in the opening half inning, tallying one run on a groundout from Chambers to the pitcher to take the early 1-0 lead.

The script quickly flipped in the bottom half of the first as the Skyhawks exploded for six runs on five hits. Dixon led off the inning with a single up the middle before advancing to second a wild pitch. Kenzi Tate and Deven Wilson tallied consecutive walks to load the bases with just one out. Nidiffer would score both Dixon and Tate on a two-RBI single into right field to take the early 2-1 lead, the Skyhawks first of the series. Nidiffer would have Zizzi appear to pinch run in her place, as Zizzi picked up her second stolen base of the day to move into scoring position. Zizzi’s time at second would be short as Gonzales doubled through the left side to score both Zizzi and Wilson.

McClure would keep her promising day going with a single through the left side to score Gonzales before the inning would end following an RBI groundout by Dixon. Skyhawks had a total of 11 plate appearances in the bottom of the first inning to go along with a 6-1 lead.

The Skyhawks would strike again in the bottom of the third inning. Gonzales would lead off the inning with a single through the left side, before coming around to score on an RBI groundout by McClure. After reaching base following a walk, Smith would eventually come around to score on a wild pitch to stretch the Skyhawks lead out to a game-high 8-1 advantage.

SIUE would tally its second run of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Smiley doubled to left field with one out, before advancing to third on an error on the following play. Smiley would come around to score on a groundout by Chambers, trimming the Skyhawk margin to an 8-2 deficit.

UT Martin would strike once more in the bottom of the sixth inning. A combination of a single, a hit by pitch and an error left McClure at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. McClure would battle through a seven pitch at bat before being struck by a pitch, scoring the Skyhawks final run.

The Skyhawks will return to action on Wednesday, April 2 when they travel to play Evansville in a doubleheader. Action is scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m.

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Skyhawks steal home and a win from Ole Miss

Skyhawks steal home and a win from Ole Miss

Posted on 26 March 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team used a play hardly seen to knock off Southeastern Conference opponent Ole Miss on Tuesday evening, successfully using a steal of home to register the 3-2 victory at Bettye Giles Field.

The Skyhawks (14-15-1) tallied two early runs on the evening, but saw their lead dwindle in the late innings, forcing a sneak tactic which gave the home team the slim one run victory. The win marks the sixth consecutive matchup between UT Martin and Ole Miss which has been determined by one run, dating back to 2003.

Five players tallied base hits for the Skyhawks as Kayla Wade, Kenzi Tate, Stephanie Nidiffer, Samantha McClure and Taylor Manning scratched into the hit column. Tate and Nidiffer both tallied consecutive RBIs in the first inning.

UT Martin used three pitchers to pick up the victory, led by the play of Tate who earned the start. Tate pitched four shutout innings in which she struck out three and walked one. Brooke Kennedy appeared in relief in the fifth inning, allowing two earned runs in 1.2 innings of work. Freshman standout Elizabeth Wiegand (9-3) picked up the victory on the evening, tossing 1.1 innings of shutout ball.

“Tonight you saw the type of team that we know we can be,” said UT Martin coach Donley Canary. “We have the ability to play with anyone in the country when we remain focused and do the little things right. Today we came to play in harsher conditions than normal this time of year, kept our focus and came away with the victory.”

Ole Miss (19-15) was led by Miranda Strother who tallied two hits in three appearances. The Rebels leading hitter, RT Cantillo tallied one hit in three at bats, along with the game-tying base hit in the sixth inning. Pitcher Lauren Lindsey allowed one earned run, the game=winning run, in 6.2 innings of work.

The Skyhawks struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Dixon led off the inning by reaching on an infield error. Dixon would quickly steal second before being moved over to third on an infield out. Tate would connect on the first pitch of the ensuing at bat by ripping a double right over the extended hand of the shortstop to score Dixon and take the early lead. With Tate stationed at second, Nidiffer extended the inning with a single up the middle to plate the second run of the inning.

UT Martin would threaten again in the bottom of the fourth inning after Tate reached on an error. Tate would be pulled for pinch runner Bella Zizzi who made quick work of a sacrifice bunt, moving first to third on a sacrifice by Nidiffer. Zizzi would look to score on a slow chopper by Glenn, but would be nailed at the plate for the second out, eliminating the Skyhawk threat.

Ole Miss would tie the game up in the top of the sixth inning. Alyssa Invergo would get the rally started with a one out infield single. The Rebels would string another hit before a pair of walks not only loaded the bases, but brought a runner around to score. With the margin cut in half, RT Cantillo laced a single up the middle to tie the game at two after six innings of play.

With the game tied heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Manning laced a hard grounder to the left side which kicked into the air. Manning would move into scoring position after successfully swing second base before being moved over to third on a groundout. Manning would not be done however, quickly darting towards home plate following the return throw from the catcher to the pitcher, sliding under the tag for the game winning run. The two steals by Manning were the first steals of her career.

The Skyhawks will look to ride the momentum of today’s action into this weekend when they play host to Ohio Valley Conference rival SIU Edwardsville with a three-game series on Saturday, March 29. Game one of the doubleheader scheduled for Saturday is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.

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UT Martin Softball drops two to Eastern KY

UT Martin Softball drops two to Eastern KY

Posted on 24 March 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team struggled to keep the Eastern Kentucky bats in check this afternoon, dropping a pair of games to the host Colonels 5-0 and 12-4 in five innings in Ohio Valley Conference action.

The Skyhawks (13-15-1, 4-2 OVC) were led by Deven Wilson who went two for six on the day while Samantha McClure and Carly Gonzales went tallied one hit each in two at bats. For the second day in a row both Gabby Glenn and Kenzi Tate tallied home runs, both being solo jacks. Kelsey Dixon led the team with two RBIs on the day.

UT Martin threw four players inside the circle on the day, as both Casey Vincent and Elizabeth Wiegand posted ERAs of 10.50 in 3.1 innings of work. Wiegand allowed five earned runs while striking out five and issuing three walks. Vincent allowed five earned runs while striking out one. Freshmen Brooke Kennedy and Tayler Jerrick both appeared in relief as Kennedy tallied 2.2 innings of shutout ball, striking out four. Jerrick allowed three earned runs in one inning of work.

Game One: Eastern Kentucky 5, UT Martin 0

Game one belonged to the Colonels and starting pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger who pitched a complete game shutout, holding the Skyhawks batters to just one hit while registering 14 strikeouts on the day. Pittsenbarger faced 22 batters on the day, just one above the minimum.

The Colonels struck quickly in the bottom of the first inning to take the early advantage. Christina Ciolek laced a double over the right fielder with one out, moving into scoring position. Katie Tackett would soon walk, setting up runners on first and second with one out as Sarah Fobbs approached the plate. Fobbs would single through the left side, scoring Ciolek from second.

Eastern Kentucky would explode in the fourth inning for another four runs to put the game out of reach. The Skyhawks walked two of the first three hitters, eventually leading to the bases being loaded following a single with one out. Campos would convert on the bases loaded opportunity with a single up the middle to score a pair.
Following the two RBI single, the Skyhawks made a pitching change, bringing in Kennedy to finish the inning. The Colonels would make an adjustment to the new pitcher quickly as Ciolek laced another two RBI single up the middle to give the Colonels the even game winning score of 5-0.

The Skyhawks would tally their lone hit of the game on a double by McClure to left center, who quickly stole third base with two outs. McClure would be stranded on third following a strikeout to end the inning.

Game Two: Eastern Kentucky 12, UT Martin 4 (5 innings)

The second game of the twinbill began with the Skyhawks cracking onto the scoreboard for the first time of the day on a solo home run by Glenn to left field in the top of the second inning. The home run was Glenn’s third of the season and second of the weekend.

Eastern Kentucky would look to answer in the bottom half of the inning as Shannon McQueen led off the inning with a triple off the center field wall. McQueen would score the game-tying run on a wild pitch during the next at bat.
The Skyhawks would look to find an answer in the top of the fourth inning, scoring the go-ahead run. Wilson laced a single through the left side before being pulled for pinch runner Bella Zizzi. Zizzi would quickly be retired on an attempted steal. Tate would step to the plate with two outs and no runners before launching a home run to centerfield for the second straight day. The home run was Tate’s fourth of the season, tied for the team lead.

The Colonels would waste little time in the bottom half of the fourth inning, not only retaking the lead, but placing eight runs on the board. Fobbs would strike quickly in the half inning, sailing a solo home run over the center field wall. The Colonels would string together three base hits, including a two run single by Murray.
UT Martin would switch to freshman Jerrick to shut down the inning, but the Colonels kept on the offensive. Joyce tallied an RBI on a dropped fly in the outfield, scoring Murray. The Colonels made their final statement of the inning when Fobbs smashed her second home run of the inning, this one plating three over the left center wall to give EKU the 9-2 lead heading into the fifth inning.

The Skyhawks would tally a pair of runs in the top of the fifth as Lauren Smith got the inning started with a single through the right side. Taylor Manning would reach base on a fielder’s choice and throwing error by the pitcher. Dixon would make the most of the two base runs moving into scoring position by doubling to left center to score the pair and cut the lead to 9-4.

Eastern Kentucky would end the game in the fifth inning after stroking a pair of doubles to left center, scoring three runs as the game was called with a final score of 12-4.

UT Martin will have a quick turnaround, returning to action against Southeastern Conference foe Ole Miss on Tuesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. The Skyhawks and Rebels met earlier this season with Ole Miss getting the 4-3 victory.

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