Losing streak hits 11 for Redhawks

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The struggles for the Southeast Missouri State softball team continued Friday.

Southeast saw its losing streak reach 11 games as the Redhawks fell 2-1 and 8-2 in an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader at Tennessee-Martin.

The Redhawks are 12-19 overall and 3-8 in OVC play as they remained eighth in the nine-team league. UTM improved to 24-17 and 8-7.

Southeast dropped the opener in heartbreaking fashion as UTM's Jenny Bain belted a walk-off home run with one out in the seventh inning.

Freshman Giana Zimmerman was the tough-luck loser. She allowed five hits and one earned run while striking out nine and walking four in 6 1/3 innings.

Sophomore Nicole Troncoso and junior Elise Sperakos both had two of Southeast's nine hits.

Freshmen Renee Kertz and Shelby Stein both had three of Southeast's seven second-game hits -- Stein finished the day with four hits -- but UTM romped.

Sophomore Whitney Dupuis gave up six hits and six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings for the loss.

Southeast outhit UTM 16-13 on the day, but the Redhawks had just one extra-base hit, a double. The Skyhawks belted three home runs and added two doubles.

The squads will conclude their three-game series today. UTM will attempt to sweep a series from Southeast for the first time ever.

-- From staff reports

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