OXFORD, Ala. -- Belmont University Softball used a grand slam to pick up its first win of the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Tournment on Wednesday morning. The sixth seeded Bruins (31-21) defeated No. 7 UT Martin (29-27), 7-0.
Belmont wasted little time in its pursuit of its second Ohio Valley Conference tournament win in program history. The Bruins saw sophomore Cheyenne Cavanaugh (Spring, Texas) notched a leadoff single up the middle to get things rolling. She was quickly joined on base by seniors Baylee Cook (Lewisburg, Tenn.), who was named All-OVC Second Team, and Hayley Baker (Rockwall, Texas) who loaded the bases after their back-to-back singles. Juniors Bailey Sims (Flowery Branch, Ga.) and Brooklin Lee (Burns, Tenn.) pushed the first two runs over the plate thanks to walks, putting Belmont ahead, 2-0. The Skyhawks changed pitchers but it did little to stop the hot bats of BU. Senior Chelsea Thomas (Hot Springs, Ark.) took a hard swing at the second pitch she saw, unloading a grand slam, the program's first at the league tournament. The explosion saw the Bruins take a commanding 6-0 lead.
Belmont maintained a stranglehold on the contest down the stretch. In the bottom of the third frame, BU added another run. Sophomore Elison Ollinger (Robins, Iowa) reached on a dropped foul ball error and was moved to second with a groundout. A long single up the middle by Cook sent her home to extend the Bruins' lead to 7-0.
BU held onto a no-hitter through the first four and a half innings before the Skyhawks would record what would go on to be their lone hit of the day in the top of the sixth inning. It was of no consequence, however, as the Bruins went on to easily take the contest, 7-0.
For the day, Cook went 3-for-4 with a stolen base while Cavanaugh went 2-for-4.
Inside the circle, Lee, who was named All-OVC Second Team, and sophomore Alicia Veltri (Clarksville, Tenn.) split time, combining for five strikeouts.
Belmont returns to action on Wednesday at 3 p.m. taking on No. 3 Austin Peay. Live stats will be available and the contest can be seen live on