BASEBALL TEAM FALLS 8-5 IN SHORTENED GAME AGAINST TENNESSEE TECH
March 24, 2013
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team led in the middle innings this afternoon against Tennessee Tech, but the Golden Eagles scored three runs in the top of the sixth and that proved to be the difference in an 8-5 game that was called after six complete innings at Skyhawk Field.
After heavy rain in the area pushed the game’s start time from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., sprinkles of rain dotted Skyhawk Field for the majority of the game. The heavy rain returned before the top of the seventh was officially in the books. The storm did not pass and the game was called around 6:15 p.m.
Wade Collins went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored for UT Martin (8-16, 1-8 Ohio Valley Conference) today. Luis Paublini also drove in a pair of runs, while Ben Brewer was responsible for UT Martin’s other RBI. Grant Glasser, Byron Johann, Brent Morris and Nico Zych also each scored once to lead the Skyhawks.
Starting pitcher Dalton Potts received a no-decision today, allowing four earned runs on six hits while fanning four batters in five innings. Chris Ross worked a perfect sixth inning, following Stu Jones (0-1), who received the loss after allowing three runs.
“I felt good about being able to play three more innings and have a chance to win but we just got caught in a bad situation with the weather,” UT Martin head coach Bubba Cates said. “I thought our guys played hard, it was just one of those days. You wish you could’ve been able to finish it but we couldn’t do that.”
Tennessee Tech (18-6, 8-1 OVC) took a 2-0 lead after the top of the first but the Skyhawks evened the score after their turn at bat in the first. Morris singled to second base with two outs, and was followed by a Collins double. Paublini then came up with a big two-out hit, fighting off a 2-2 pitch for a two-run RBI single.
Potts struck out two batters in the second and induced an inning-ending double play in the third. The sophomore lefty also tossed a scoreless fourth, setting the stage for UT Martin to take its first lead of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Zych singled up the middle with two outs, then advanced to second on a passed ball. Brewer then singled to second base to bring around Zych and give the Skyhawks a 3-2 edge.
The Golden Eagles scored three more runs in the top of the fifth, but UT Martin got two runs back to tie the score at 5-all. Glasser led off the bottom of the fifth with an opposite-field single to left field, followed by a Johann single to push his hitting streak out to 11 games. After Morris laid down a sacrifice bunt, Collins ripped a single to center that plated both Glasser and Johann.
However, Tennessee Tech would add three more runs in the top of the sixth and carried an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the sixth. Proving to be their final chance to come back, the Skyhawks could not produce a baserunner in the inning.
UT Martin returns to action at OVC rival Southeast Missouri for a three-game set that will start on Thursday, March 28 and last through Saturday, March 30.