February 23, 2018

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team dropped the first game of the series between the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 16-2 this evening.

UT Martin (0-5) was led by junior outfielder Carson Shrode who tallied a team-best two hits and drove in the squad’s pair of runs on a two-run homer. Freshman backstop Blake Davis accounted for a hit and reached base per walk while Collin Edwards got a hit and was awarded a free bag twice in the bout.

Dalton Westfall (0-2) struggled in the outing as he was able to record only one out, on a strikeout, in his second start of the season. Austen Bullington tossed 5.2 innings and wrung up three Golden Eagles in the process. Jefferey O’Doherty went 0.2 inning and fanned a batter in his time on the mound while Seth Rayburn tossed 1.1 innings and recorded each out via the strikeout.

The Skyhawks pounded out their first hit in the third frame as Edwards led off the inning on an 0-2 pitch that fell for a single in left field. Edwards would then swipe second for his third stolen base on the young season.

UT Martin found its second hit in the fifth inning on a Davis single but was unable to be pushed across home plate. Shrode led off the Skyhawk sixth on a single but was left stranded on the basepaths.

Southern Miss had scored the nine unanswered runs until Shrode answered with his two-run dinger in the UT Martin eighth inning, plating Edwards who had reached base via walk. The Skyhawks had finally cracked the top half of the scoreboard but were trailing 9-2 by that point.

The Golden Eagles recorded their biggest inning on the day in the home half of the eighth as they drove in five runs, stretching the lead out to the final score of 16-2.

UT Martin would not go down silently as the Skyhawks drew a pair of walks by Davis and Edwards on a combined 12 pitches but to no avail.

UT Martin returns to action for doubleheader action against Southern Miss tomorrow with the first game set to begin at 11 a.m.

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