Tigers Host OVC Double Headers, Friday Game Time Moved to 1:00 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State softball squad will look to get back to its winning ways as they host a pair of Ohio Valley Conference double headers on Frida and Saturday. The Tigers will face Southeast Missouri State in a twin bill scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The games have been moved up to try and beat potential inclement weather.
TSU will welcome UT Martin to Tiger Field on Saturday afternoon with first set for 1:00pm. All games this weekend can be followed with live stats and can be heard on tsutigers.com.
Tennessee State dropped all three games in an OVC series at Jacksonville State last weekend. The outcomes dropped TSU to 9-21 overall and 2-8 in conference play. Danica Gleason notched a pair of 2-for-2 games and finished the weekend going 5-for-7, for a .714 batting average.
Head coach Tom Opdenbrouw also announced the double header with Western Kentucky has been moved to Apr. 15. Game times in Bowling Green are scheduled for 5:00 and 7:00pm.
Southeast Missouri (6-18, 2-7)
2014 Record: 11-34
Conference: Ohio Valley
2014 Finish: 3-20
Series Record: 9-52
Last Time Played: 2014, Won 4-3
Last Win: 2014, 4-3
Transfer Kayla Fortner has been the force in the Redhawks lineup with nine home runs, 32 runs batted in, four doubles and a .409 batting average. Fortner has also been walked 19 times for a team leading .529 on base percentage. Southeast Missouri is receiving added support from Lindsey Patterson (.385), Savannah Carpenter (.360), Alexis Anderson (349) and Taylor McDannold (.325). Patterson has crossed home plate 13 times and has two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 19 RBI. Anderson and McDannold have each touched home plate 10 times on the season and have hit six and seven doubles, respectively.
The Redhawks have relied on a trio of pitchers to handle the duties in the circle. Madeline Krumrey has totaled 78.0 innings in 15 appearances, while Kearia Schilling has 49.2 innings in 17 appearances. Krumrey is 4-6 with a 5.21 ERA, opposed to Schilling at 2-7 and a 7.75 ERA. Aubrey Denno has been a part of 14 games and is 0-5 with a 8.58 ERA in 31.0 innings.
UT Martin (16-16, 4-5)
2014 Record: 27-27-1
Conference: Ohio Valley
2014 Finish: 14-10
Series Record: 7-55
Last Time Played: 2015, Lost 4-3
Last Win: 2014, 4-2
The Skyhawks come into the weekend hitting at a.294 clip, averaging over five runs a game with 51 doubles and 22 home runs. Carly Gonzalez tops UTM in five offensive categories, including average (.378), hits (42), runs (30), doubles (13), runs batted in (28) and is tied with Alicia Hansen with six home runs. Hansen is the top base stealer with 12 in 13 attempts and is second to Gonzales in runs (22) and doubles (8). Kenzi Tate (.340) is tied with Hansen for the second most hits (33) and RBI (24). Kelsey Dixon poses as another threat for the Skyhawks with 17 runs, four doubles, six stolen bases and batting .357 on the year.
In the circle, Elizabeth Weigland is the ace of the staff handling 40 percent of the workload. Weigland has tossed 80.2 innings in 16 appearances and 13 starts, while earning an 8-5 record and a save with a 3.04 ERA. Brooke Kennedy has appeared in 17 games, starting five, while Casey Vincent has appeared in 12 games, starting eight. Kennedy is 3-1 with a save, a 3.37 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. Vincent has fanned 33 in 45.0 innings and has amassed a 3-5 record and a 5.13 ERA.