BASEBALL TEAM DROPS 14-5 DECISION AT TENNESSEE TECH
March 21, 2014
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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team struck first in tonight’s game against Tennessee Tech but the Golden Eagle offense proved to be too much for the Skyhawks in a 14-5 loss at Bush Stadium.
UT Martin (2-18, 1-6 OVC) pounded out 11 hits this evening, led by three hits and an RBI out of Jake Deason. Ben Upton (two RBI’s) and Taylor Douglas (one run scored) also produced two hits while Max Balter (two runs scored), Fletcher Johnson (one run scored), Taylor Cox (one run scored) and Mikey Nantze (one RBI) also contributed to the Skyhawk offense tonight.
On the mound, Cox (0-5) was charged with the loss after allowing seven earned runs over 2.2 innings. Alex Boshers (four runs in three innings), Chris Flores (1.1 scoreless innings) and Cody Miller (two runs in one inning) also made relief appearances for the Skyhawks this evening.
Drew Erie led the game off with a single and eventually moved up to third base but UT Martin couldn’t push across a run in the top of the first.
Cox then needed only seven pitches to retire Tennessee Tech in order in the bottom of the first. Cox then led the second inning off with a triple to center field, leading to the Skyhawks’ first run of the game. Nantze drove in Cox with a groundout to the right side but UT Martin wasn’t done as the next batter – Balter – drew a walk to keep the inning going. Deason then ripped a double to the gap out in right center to put baserunners on second and third with two outs. Balter would later score on a failed pickoff attempt to give the Skyhawks a 2-0 lead early.
Tennessee Tech (18-4, 5-2 OVC) would then add four runs in the bottom of the second and four more runs in the bottom of the third before Cox recovered to shut down the Golden Eagles in the fourth and fifth frames.
UT Martin used a two-out rally to get one run back in the sixth. Balter was issued yet another walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a pitching change, Deason ripped a single up the middle to plate Balter and make the score 8-3.
However, Tennessee Tech scored four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead out to 12-3.
The Skyhawks scored two runs in the seventh, starting off with a Johnson triple on the first pitch of the inning. Douglas was then hit by a pitch to put baserunners on the corners with no outs. Upton then worked the count full before guiding a double down the right field line to make the score 12-5. UT Martin would pose a threat later on in the inning by loading the bases but Tennessee Tech escaped the jam.
The Golden Eagles added two more runs in the eighth to provide the final scoring margin.
These two teams will resume their series on Saturday, March 22. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.