Jackrabbits’ late scoring flurry leads to UTM diamond defeat
Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011 12:02 am
Trey Karlen and Phil Sorensen stayed hot at the plate for UT Martin (3-8), as Karlen’s three hits led the Skyhawks and Sorensen secured two hits and scored a run. Jordan Owen (two hits, one run scored) and Matt Milligan (one run scored, one RBI) also had big days at the plate in the series finale for the Skyhawks.
On the mound, Jarrell Rodgers suffered the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits in 6.1 innings.
Although UT Martin received sound starting pitching and pieced together 10 hits, UT Martin head coach Bubba Cates thought the difference in the game was South Dakota State’s ability to manufacture runs in the clutch.
“It was a 3-2 ballgame after six innings,” Cates said. “From that point on, we just didn’t put together enough big innings. South Dakota State was able to get good at-bats when they needed to and they took advantage of some timely hits.”
The Jackrabbits got on the scoreboard first with an RBI groundout in the first inning. UT Martin got two men on base in the third inning, but was unable to bring in a run.
Jesse Sawyer led off the fourth inning with a solo homer for South Dakota State, but the Skyhawks scored in the bottom half of the frame. Back-to-back two-out doubles from Sorensen and Milligan made the score 2-1.
In the sixth inning, Sawyer sent another home run beyond the left field wall to push the Jackrabbit lead out to 3-1. UT Martin countered with a run in the bottom half with some sound baserunning by Owen. The junior right fielder singled to lead off the inning, then stole second base. He advanced to third on a deep fly ball to center field, then came around to score on an error.
From that point, South Dakota State scored multiple runs in each remaining inning. Facing a 10-2 deficit in the bottom of the ninth, the Skyhawks got their first two men on base. Karlen ripped a RBI single through the left side to score Milligan. Chase Okey then followed with a walk to load the bases with one out, but Jackrabbit pitcher Deon Entringer induced consecutive popups to put an end to the Skyhawk rally.
UT Martin closes out its season-long 11-game homestand this weekend when it plays host to Big Ten member Purdue. The series with the Boilermakers begins on Friday afternoon at 4 and the teams will also play single games on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. Both of those games are slated to begin at 1 p.m.