March 6, 2018

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JONESBORO, Ark. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball squad dropped a 13-5 decision to regional rival Arkansas State this evening.

UT Martin (2-10) was led by Jordan Stoner (two hits and one RBI) Tyler Albright (two hits and one RBI). The duo of Ethan Whitley and Nick Wohlbold would be credited an RBI each on their respective sacrifice hits. Blake Davis, Collin Edwards and Stoner all connected for doubles in the matchup, with Edwards recording a pair of two-baggers, while JoJo Allen, Anthony Adduci and Carson Shrode also tallied base knocks.

Dom Bazzani (0-1) fanned four batters in his first start of the season, going two innings. Following Bazzani, Seth Rayburn recorded a strikeout in his one inning of work. Senior Dalton Westfall came on in relief to toss five full innings and ring up five Red Wolves in his time on the mound.

The Skyhawks were able to get runners on early as Casey Harford was hit by a pitch but would be removed and was replaced in the lineup by Nick Wohlbold. A groundout would move Wohlbold over followed by an Allen single to put runners at the corners but run support was unavailable in the opening inning. Bazzani would see his first two men faced reach base but would strike out the next two Red Wolves followed by a groundout to keep things scoreless through one inning.

Arkansas State would push four runs across the plate in the second frame to take a 4-0 lead.

UT Martin would plate a run in the third inning as Stoner tallied the first hit of the frame and would then swipe second base. A Wohlbold groundout would move Stoner to third just in time for Albright to bring him home on a single up the middle as the Skyhawks narrowed things 4-1.

The Red Wolves answered the UT Martin attack with a three-run burst in the bottom of the third inning before tallying one run in both the fourth and fifth innings, giving Arkansas State a 9-1 advantage.

Westfall made fairly quick work of the sixth as he forced the first of the Red Wolves he faced in the inning to pop up, fanned the second, issued a walk to the third and forced the fourth batter to fly out.

The Skyhawks put together a two-run inning in the seventh with Ethan Whitley reaching first on a throwing error to get things started. Adduci then bounced into a fielder’s choice followed by a Shrode single. Stoner then stepped up to belt a double to left center to plate Adduci and shift Shrode to third base. Wohlbold would then ground out to score Shrode to edge closer by a 9-3 margin.

Arkansas State came back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the seventh to reclaim an eight-run lead by pushing the score up to 11-3. Westfall would record a pair of strikeouts in the frame as he picked up his both whiffs on just four pitches per strikeout, both Red Wolves caught looking.

Another UT Martin rally came in the eighth inning as Davis reached first on a strikeout and wild pitch. Edwards then doubled to center to move Davis to third setting up Whitley’s sacrifice fly to plate Davis. Adduci then singled to shift Edwards to third before a wild pitch would move both runners up a spot, plating Edwards. The duo of Shrode and Stoner would both be hit by pitches to load the bases but to no avail. By this time, the Skyhawks had narrowed things back 11-5.

Arkansas State put up two more runs in the home half of the eighth to tally the final score of 13-5.         

UT Martin begins Ohio Valley Conference action this weekend as it travels to Tennessee Tech on March 9-11. First pitch on Friday is slated for 3 p.m.


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