UT Martin baseball beaten by surging Memphis
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 12:02 am
UTM Sports Information
The UT Martin baseball team drew first blood on Tuesday in its game against the University of Memphis, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
However, the host Tigers scored all 11 of their runs over the next two innings to claim an 11-5 win at FedEx Park.
Seniors Trey Karlen and Cory Stooksbury led the way for the UT Martin offense.
Karlen lifted a three-run homer in the second inning and Stooksbury tallied two RBI for the Skyhawks. Drew Mason went 2-for-2 and Phil Sorensen reached base twice on walks before departing the game in the sixth inning, ending his eight-game hit streak.
Jarrell Rodgers took the loss for UT Martin, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings. John Skubina, Nick Wilson, Joey Ivy and Stu Jones combined to allow just one earned run in 6.2 innings for the Skyhawks, who fall to 4-11.
The offensive fireworks began for both teams in the second inning. Wes Patterson and Sorensen opened the top of the frame with consecutive walks, and Mason sacrificed both runners up to put men on second and third.
Matt Milligan then walked to load the bases, and Stooksbury connected on a sacrifice fly to right field to put UT Martin ahead 1-0. Karlen then went deep on a 1-2 pitch, clearing the left field wall and giving the Skyhawks a 4-0 lead.
Memphis then came back in a big way, scoring eight runs on seven hits in the second inning. After a leadoff single, three straight Memphis batters produced extra-base hits (home run, double, double) before the next batter reached on an error. The Tigers then rounded out the inning by scoring on a sacrifice fly, RBI single, two-run double and a wild pitch.
UT Martin then was retired in order in the top of the third, and the Tigers added three unearned runs in the bottom of the third, including a two-run homer by Jacob Wilson.
UT Martin put two baserunners aboard in the fourth inning, but couldn’t get a big two-out hit.
Two more Skyhawks reached base in the sixth, but the offense was once again shutout.
Patterson drew his second walk of the contest to begin the eighth, then advanced to second base on a single by Milligan.
Stooksbury then ripped the first pitch he saw for an RBI double to left field, plating Patterson and making the score 11-5.
Jones threw a 1-2-3 inning for the Skyhawks in the eighth inning.
Jordan Owen drew a two-out walk in the top of the ninth, but UT Martin couldn’t ignite a rally.