BASEBALL TEAM STEPS OUT OF CONFERENCE PLAY TO HOST MISSOURI STATE FOR A WEEKEND SET

April 24, 2014

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MARTIN, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team continues its season-long seven game homestand with a nonconference weekend series against the Missouri State Bears. First pitch times from Skyhawk Field are set for 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Saturday's game is also "UTM Appreciation Day", where all faculty and staff are welcome to come out and enjoy the game.

This will be the first time that these two teams have squared off on the diamond in over two decades, as UT Martin and Missouri State played a home-and-home series in the 1993 and 1994 seasons.

The Skyhawks (5-33) are coming off a convincing 9-2 victory over Atlantic 10 Conference leader Saint Louis on Tuesday. Starting pitcher Chris Ross delivered an efficient six innings of two-run ball, fanning a career-high seven batters in the process. Carter Smith, Alex Boshers and John Houston followed with a scoreless relief inning apiece while Taylor Douglas (go-ahead grand slam), Nick Molina (two hits, two runs scored, RBI) and Jake Deason (two hits, run scored, RBI, two stolen bases) paced UT Martin offensively.

UT Martin will go with its usual pitching rotation in this series, as a trio of juniors will get the starting nod on the hill. Left-hander Taylor Cox (0-9, 8.39 ERA) is slated to start in Game 1, followed by southpaw Dalton Potts (0-6, 8.66) in Game 2. Righty Alex Martin (0-7, 4.23) will make the start in the series finale.

A perennial contender in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Bears (18-19) are coming off an impressive 6-5 road victory at Kansas on Wednesday. Missouri State scored three runs in the top of the ninth to complete its 10th comeback win of the season.

Eric Cheray’s .319 batting average leads the Bears while Matt Fultz has a team-high 24 RBI’s. Tate Matheny - the son of St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny - is hitting .314 with a team-high six homers for Missouri State.

Sophomore right-hander Jon Harris (2-3, 2.96 ERA) has been tabbed to start Game 1 of the series on the mound, while senior righty Clay Murphy (2-3, 3.52) is listed as the Bears’ probable starting pitcher in Game 2. Sunday’s probable starting pitcher has not been determined.

Friday’s game will be streamed live, free of charge on the OVC Digital Network at the link above. Live stats for all three games this weekend will be available at the link at the top of the webpage.



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