UT Martin Softball Hosts Green Bay For 2020 Home Opener
The UT Martin Softball team will open its home slate in the 2020 season this week. The Skyhawks will host Horizon League foe Green Bay in a doubleheader at Bettye Giles Field on Thursday afternoon.
The Skyhawks are off to a 4-5 start to the 2020 campaign, which marks year one under the leadership of Coach Brian Dunn. UT Martin has opened the season with a pair of tournaments in non-conference action.
First up was the Southeastern Louisiana Classic in Hammond, Louisiana. In a Friday doubleheader, UT Martin posted a split, losing Game 1 to Buffalo 4-3, before bouncing back to defeat Alabama State 5-0. Saturday was another split day for the Skyhawks as they defeated Alabama State once again, this time 6-0, before dropping a heartbreaker to host Southeastern Louisiana 6-5 in 9 innings. In the finale on Sunday, UT Martin crushed Grambling State 9-1.
Over the weekend, UT Martin traveled Denton, Texas for the North Texas Invitational. This trip did not prove as fruitful, as UTM struggled to a 1-3 record on the weekend. The offense struggled on Saturday, getting shutout twice 2-0 to Creighton, and then 8-0 to Missouri State. The breakthrough came on Sunday as UT Martin outlasted Abilene Christian 4-3 in 8 innings, before dropping a heartbreaker 2-1 to host North Texas.
Offensively, Sophomore Chelsey Gore leads the team with a .520 batting average with 13 hits, 5 runs scored, and 2 triples on the season. Purdue transfer Shyanne Sheffield has also provided a nice spark, hitting .391 with 9 hits, and 7 RBIs on the young season. Senior Hannah Ridolfi leads the pitching staff with a 0.91 ERA in 6 appearances on the season.
Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader starts at Noon, with Game 2 to follow 30 minutes after.