BASEBALL TEAM FALLS INTO EARLY HOLE, DROPS 6-3 DECISION AT BELMONT
April 6, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team trailed early and could not bounce back in a 6-3 loss at Belmont today.
For the third straight game in the series, UT Martin could not generate a run until the ninth inning. Although the Skyhawks did manage three runs in the top of the ninth today, it was not enough as Belmont used a four-run first inning to take a lead it would not concede the rest of the way.
All in all, eight Skyhawks recorded a hit this afternoon. Taylor Douglas led the way for the UT Martin offense today, tying a career-high with three hits (including a pair of doubles) while Taylor Cox had a pair of RBI’s for the Skyhawks (3-26, 2-13 Ohio Valley Conference).
Starting pitcher Alex Martin (0-6) pitched well for the majority of his outing but was credited with the loss after allowing four earned runs on six hits over six frames. John Houston also saw time on the mound today, tossing two shutout innings while conceding only one hit.
Douglas ripped a double to left field in the first inning but the Skyhawks were held scoreless. Belmont then went ahead with a two-out grand slam before Martin posted back-to-back strikeouts.
Max Balter doubled in the second inning but once again UT Martin could not cut into its deficit.
Martin then found his zone, retiring 15 of the next 18 Bruins. He retired the side in both the fifth and sixth innings to keep the Skyhawks within striking distance.
UT Martin loaded the bases in the seventh but was unable to get on the scoreboard. Andrew Massey was hit by a pitch with one out while Drew Erie and Chase Young followed with back-to-back two-out walks. After a pitching change, Belmont came out unscathed after a fielder’s choice concluded the inning.
Belmont then scored a pair of unearned runs in the seventh to go on top by a 6-0 margin.
The Skyhawks then broke up the shutout in the top of the ninth. Isaac Carrel led off the rally with a pinch hit single while Kenny King and Nick Molina followed with pinch hit singles. Young then lifted a sacrifice fly out to center to make the score 6-1. Douglas followed with a single to load the bases for Cox, who delivered a two-run single to left center. With the Skyhawks bringing the go-ahead run at the plate, Belmont was able to get out of the jam and conclude the contest.
UT Martin kicks off a four-game homestand this week with a contest against in-state rival Lipscomb on Tuesday, April 8. First pitch from Skyhawk Field is set for 6 p.m.