NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tigers take to the road to tame a pair of Hawks as they continue Ohio Valley Conference play. Tennessee State opens with the Skyhawks of UT Martin for a double header beginning at 1:00pm on Saturday. The Redhawks of Southeast Missouri are the opponents for TSU on Sunday with a 12:00pm double dip.
All games can be heard on tsutigers.com. The UTM twin bill can be seen on the ovcdigitalnetwork.com.
Play this weekend marks the halfway point of OVC play. Tennessee State will look to get back into the playoff hunt, as they sit two-and-a-half games out of the final qualifying spot. The Tigers are coming off a weekend where they were unable to score a run against Jacksonville State, who swept a three-game series. It was the first time in 2014 the Tigers have been held scoreless in consecutive games.
Historically, Shea Morris is one win away from becoming the winningest pitcher in TSU history. Morris is also 10 strikeouts away from becoming the first hurler in program history to record 500. Olivia Gamache is on the verge of becoming the fourth pitcher in school history to reach 200 in the same category. Gamache, is currently fourth on the career list, is just 11 punch outs shy of the mark.
UT Martin (17-6-1, 5-3)
2013 Record: 37-20
2013 Finish: 14-10/4th
Series Record: 7-53
Last Time Played: 3-23-13, L 0-13
Last Win: 3-23-13, 4-2
Elizabeth Wiegand has stepped up as the ace of the Skyhawks, starting 16 games and appearing in 17. Wiegand has compiled a 9-4 record with a 3.12 ERA in 96.1 innings of work. UTM also relies on Casey Vincent (4-4, 3.29) and Kenzi Tate (3-3 2.41) to form their rotation. Offensively, the Skyhawks are batting .281 as a team and are led by Deven Wilson and Kayla Wade. Wilson is hitting at a .365 clip with nine double, three dingers and 20 RBI. Wade is hitting .355 and has crossed home plate 20 times and has three doubles, two triples, a home run and a team-leading 15 stolen bases.
Southeast Missouri State (7-18, 2-5)
2013 Record: 15-23
2013 Finish: 6-18/6th West
Series Record: 7-52
Last Time Played: 3-24-13, L 0-4
Last Win: 4-9-10, 6-4
Savannah Carpenter is the top Redhawk, pacing the squad with a .433 average with six doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI. Haylee Crack provides support at .329 and tops the team in runs (13), home runs (7) and runs driven in (20). As a unit, the SEMO pitching corpse has a Team ERA of 5.34, while opponents are batting .324 against the staff. Keaira Schilling is 2-8 on the season and has tossed a team high 63.2 innings and is supported by Hannah Durham and Aubrey Denno. Durham is 2-5 in 48.2 innings, while Denno is 3-5, working in 44.0 innings.