UE softball went 0-2 against UT-Martin as they were defeated 12-4 in the first game before losing 9-7 in the second.
The Aces combined for a total of 15 hits, five doubles, two home runs, 10 RBIs, 11 runs, and one stolen base on the day. Freshman Kirsten O'Conner proved to be a powerful force for Evansville as she went 2-for-6 at the plate while notching two runs, four RBIs, one walk, and a grand slam home run.
Evansville will bring it back to Cooper Stadium for an 11 game homestand beginning on Saturday, April 6, in which they will host conference opponent Northern Iowa in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. CST.
Game 1: UT-Martin 12, UE 4
The Aces struck first in the top of the first inning after an error by the second basemen allowed two runners to cross home plate and give Evansville the early lead, 2-0.
UT-Martin tied it up shortly after in the bottom of the first with a home run to center field that knotted the score, 2-2.
With a pair of singles by senior Brianna Villanueva and junior Kacey Rogers, UE took the lead once again over the Skyhawks, 4-2, in the top of the fourth frame.
With Evansville still in the lead in the fifth, UT-Martin scored after an RBI single and a two-run home run put the Skyhawks up over the Aces, 5-4. As they continued to expand the score, UT-Martin finished the bottom of the fifth with another RBI single that capped off the inning, 6-4.
The Skyhawks ran away with it in the bottom of the sixth inning after a reach on a throwing error by UE allowed two runners to advance to home plate and tally the score, 8-4. UT-Martin did not let up in the frame as a sacrifice fly and a three-run home run tallied four more runs and allowed the Skyhawks to take the victory, 12-4, over Evansville.
UT-Martin pitcher Casey Vincent grabbed the win for the Skyhawks as she completed 5.0 innings in the circle and struck out three while allowing three runs. Vincent improved to 10-4 on the season. Autumn Glenn notched the save as she pitched 1.0 innings and struck out one.
Evansville pitcher Sarah Baldwin suffered the loss as she is now 1-6 in the circle after pitching 5.0 innings and striking out one.
Game 2: UT-Martin 9, UE 7
Evansville came out swinging as a double to right center by sophomore Kayla Fortner allowed a runner to cross home plate and notch one on the board early in the first inning, putting the Aces up, 1-0.
The Skyhawks answered right back as a single and an error allowed two runs to take the lead back, 2-1. Soon after, a home run to left field drove in two more runs and advanced UT-Martin's lead further to 4-1 in the bottom of the first.
With a home run to center field, UT-Martin continued to expand its lead, 5-1, over the Aces to end the third frame.
Fortner answered with a home run of her own in the top of the sixth inning as she notched another run for UE and made it a 5-2 game.
UT-Martin did not let up as an RBI single up the middle and a reach on an error by the Aces allowed three runs for the Skyhawks to continue their lead, 8-2, in the bottom of the sixth. A run scored on a wild pitched ended the inning and advanced the score, 9-2, over UE.
The top of the seventh saw a single to second base by senior Tamara Robey that allowed a runner to cross the plate and add to the score, 9-3. After a walk by Fortner, O'Conner hit a grand slam that placed four more runs on the board for the Aces and tallied a 9-7 score.
Evansville continued to fight hard but fell as a fly out to left field ended the inning and the game with a UT-Martin victory over the Aces, 9-7.
Skyhawk's pitcher Kenzi Tate took the win as she pitched a complete 7.0 innings in the circle and struck out four while allowing two runs. Tate is now 14-1 overall.