April 3, 2017

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MARTIN, Tenn. – In the first of two meetings with Southeastern Conference opponents, the University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team will hit the road for the final contest of four straight away from home to take on traditional power Vanderbilt on Tuesday, April 4.

This will be the 15th all-time meeting between the Skyhawks and the Commodores with Vanderbilt holding a 13-1 advantage in the series. The lone UT Martin win came back on May 5, 1995 when the Skyhawks defeated the Commodores in Nashville 11-9. The Skyhawks are one of the best teams in the country in holding on to a lead, as UT Martin has now won 23 straight contests when leading after six innings dating back to last season.

Offensively, the Skyhawk bats are hoping to find their rhythm against the Commodores coming off a tough weekend in which the offense scored just five runs in the series. Tyler Albright remains a steady force in the UT Martin lineup racking up a .376 average, including 10 extra-base hits on his way to driving in 19 runs. Senior Josh Hauser had a nice weekend, totaling a .556 average over the three-game span, including a three-double performance on Friday night.  

Vanderbilt’s top hitter is infielder Julian Infante. The sophomore has totaled a .368 average this year, pounding out a team-high 42 hits through the squad’s first 29 games. Outfielder Jeren Kendall leads the SEC in home runs with 10 while his team ranks second in the conference in big flies with 29. Will Toffey (.327) has started all 29 contests for the Commodores and is one of the three hitters on the team with an average above .300.

UT Martin will likely send out lefty Dom Bazzani (1-2, 6.65 ERA) for his sixth start of the season. Vanderbilt is expected to go with right-hander Chandler Day (4-0, 3.47 ERA).

First pitch from the Music City is slated for 6:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to tune into SEC Network Plus to watch all the action. The links for video and live stats can be located at the top of the page.


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