CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team played even with Southeast Missouri through six innings this afternoon, but the Redhawks ended the game with five unanswered runs in their final two at-bats to hand the Skyhawks a 7-2 loss at Capaha Field.
Three Skyhawks had multi-hit games this afternoon, led by Matt Haynes’ three hits. Wade Collins extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate, while Nico Zych collected two hits as well. Luis Paublini also scored and drove in a run for UT Martin (8-19, 1-11 Ohio Valley Conference).
Sophomore starter Dalton Potts produced a quality start today but was charged with the loss. The left-hander out of Greenfield, Tenn. allowed three runs on six hits while fanning three over six frames. John Houston and Chris Ross also made one-inning relief appearances for the Skyhawks this afternoon.
Potts shut down Southeast Missouri for the first two innings, retiring the side in order in the second inning. The Redhawks would score a pair of runs with two outs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead.
UT Martin bounced right back with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Collins singled with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Paublini then crushed a double down the right field line to get the Skyhawks on the scoreboard. Haynes followed with a single through the right side to plate Paublini and even the score at 2-all.
Potts then got back in a zone, conceding only one hit over the next three shutout innings. He worked his way out of a jam in the sixth by inducing an infield popup and a big strikeout after Southeast Missouri placed runners on second and third with one out.
The Skyhawks had a man in scoring position with one out in the seventh but couldn’t take the advantage. Southeast Missouri took a 3-2 lead on a solo homer to lead off the seventh before Houston entered the game and finished out the inning, not allowing the Redhawks to expand on their one-run lead.
Morris and Collins led off the eighth with back-to-back singles for UT Martin and advanced to scoring position after a sacrifice bunt by Paublini, but the Skyhawks couldn’t scratch out a run.
Southeast Missouri added four runs in the eighth and UT Martin could not stage a comeback in the ninth inning.
The Skyhawks close out a four-game road trip on Tuesday, April 2 when it plays at Evansville at 6 p.m.