Aces Drop Two to UT Martin in Mid-Week Doubleheader
April 3, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville softball team fell to the UT Martin Skyhawks at Cooper Stadium today, as the Purple Aces hosted the visiting Skyhawks in a mid-week doubleheader.
On a cloudy day in Evansville, UE fell in game one, 3-0, and in game two, 5-2. Evansville couldn't seem to get their offense going in either game, having a total of four hits on the day.
Coach Mark Redburn managed to see some positives despite the two losses:
"The first game I wasn't too upset about. We were able to hit the ball pretty hard and although we did create a few errors on ourselves, the team competed hard. In game two, I liked the way the team came out to start off. We were able to put two runs on the board right away, but after that the hitting kind of ceased and we didn't get a lot of offense here after that and two hits alone isn't going to win you many ball games."
The Purple Aces fell to 14-16, as they prepare to host Missouri Valley Conference rival, Wichita State at Cooper Stadium this weekend. UT Martin moves to 17-16-1 with the two wins over the Aces.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Aces started their Ace from Saskatchewan Megan Gurski in the circle and the junior pitched a solid, complete game for Evansville.
UT Martin was able to get on the board in the top of the first on an RBI single from the pitcher Kenzi Tate to give the Skyhawks the early 1-0 lead.
The Aces were unable to get anything going in the bottom of the first and after a scoreless second inning for both teams, UT Martin struck again in the top of the third.
The pitcher Tate was able to drive in another run off of an RBI single in the top of the inning giving UT Martin the 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third.
UE couldn't seem to get their offense going in the bottom of the third, as UT Martin kept the 2-0 lead heading into the fourth.
Tate and Gurski were able to hold both offenses in check for the fourth and fifth innings, but in the top of the sixth UT Martin added one more run to increase their lead to 3-0 and seal the win for the visiting squad.
Gurski (6-8) received the loss for UE, pitching 7.0 innings for the Aces, allowing only seven hits while striking out nine.
The second game of the mid-week doubleheader started out better for the Aces. Evansville started freshman Briana Combs in the circle and the right hander kept the Skyhawks off the board in the top of the inning.
The Purple Aces were able to give Combs the early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as freshman Emma Buckles scored on a bases loaded wild pitch and Chandra Parr hit a ground out RBI to short to drive in the second run.
Neither team would score in the second and in the top of the third is where the visiting team tied the ball game. The designated player, Deven Wilson, hit a two run homerun to tie the game in the top of the inning, leaving the score at 2-2 headed into the bottom of the third.
After a scoreless bottom of the third for Evansville, the Aces brought in senior Taylor Perry to pitch heading into the fourth and Perry and Casey Vincent for UT Martin kept both offenses off the board in the fourth and fifth innings, leading to a 2-2 tie heading into the sixth.
Perry gave up one run in the top of the sixth, to give the Skyhawks the 3-2 lead and the Aces wouldn't be able to score in the inning to tie or take the lead.
The senior Perry (0-2) would receive the loss for Evansville finishing the day throwing 3.0 innings, striking out five and allowing only one run on four hits.
Annie Moore entered the game in the top of the seventh for the Aces and the sophomore gave up two runs in the top of the inning to increase the Skyhawks lead 5-2 and ultimately the win.
Evansville will look to bounce back this weekend as the Aces host MVC rival Wichita State at Cooper Stadium on April 5-6.