VALIANT COMEBACK EFFORT COMES UP SHORT AS BASEBALL TEAM FALLS 7-5 TO MISSOURI STATE
April 26, 2014
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team battled back late in today’s game against Missouri State but ultimately could not complete its comeback attempt in a 7-5 loss at Skyhawk Field.
The game was tied after one inning of play before Missouri State (19-20) jumped out to a 7-1 advantage after five innings. The Skyhawks would put four runs on the scoreboard over the final two innings to put the tying run in the on-deck circle before the Bears halted UT Martin’s momentum.
Taylor Douglas pushed his hitting streak out to 12 games today, as he went 2-for-5 with two runs, two RBI’s and a homer in the ninth inning – his sixth round-tripper in the last five games. Taylor Cox (solo homer) and Nick Molina (two RBI’s) each tallied three hits apiece to lead the Skyhawks (6-34) offensively.
Alex Boshers pitched a gem in relief this afternoon, allowing just two runs on six hits and one walk while fanning four over 5.2 innings. Starting pitcher Dalton Potts (0-7) was charged with the loss after allowing five runs in 3.1 frames.
Missouri State took a 1-0 lead after the top of the first but UT Martin came back to even the score in the bottom half of the inning. Chase Young drew a four-pitch leadoff walk and Ben Upton followed with a walk to put a runner in scoring position. Molina then delivered a hard single up the middle to score Young and tie the game at 1-all.
The Bears then scored three runs in the top of the second before Potts retired the side in order in the third. Back-to-back Missouri State doubles led to another run in the fourth and the Bears compiled a pair of two-out runs in the fifth to go on top by a 7-1 margin.
Boshers could not be touched over the final four innings, as the redshirt senior righty allowed just three hits to give the Skyhawks a chance at the end of the game. He retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced, including a quick seven-pitch eighth inning where he retired the side in order.
Douglas and Cox led off the bottom of the eighth with singles and both advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Molina then lifted a single into center to plate Douglas and make the score 7-2.
UT Martin then played longball in the ninth. Pinch hitter Isaac Carrel doubled into the gap in right center to lead off the inning before Douglas connected on his two-run blast to straightaway centerfield. Three pitches later, Cox roped a solo homer out to center for his second round-tripper of the season. However, a pitching change followed and Missouri State would get the final out of the game on the next batter.
The third and final game of the series is set for Sunday, April 27 at Skyhawk Field. Due to the threat of rain, the game has been pushed up to a noon start instead of the original listed start time of 1 p.m.