Skyhawks just a tally short
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:04 am
UTM Sports Information
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The UT Martin baseball team scored the first 10 runs of its game on Sunday at Jacksonville State, but the Gamecocks roared back to take the third game of the series by a 13-12 score.
With the triumph, Jacksonville State secured the series victory.
On Saturday, eight different UTM hitters tallied an RBI in the Skyhawks’ rain-soaked Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader at Jacksonville State, as UT Martin weathered lengthy delays in each game to produce a 9-3 victory in the first game before falling 7-4 in the nightcap.
UT Martin will conclude its season-long 10-game road trip at Vanderbilt this evening at 6 p.m.
Jax. St. 13, UTM 12
Freshman Phil Sorensen delivered a career-high four hits in five at-bats, while Wes Patterson’s three RBI led the Skyhawk offense. Trey Karlen, Jordan Owen and Sorensen collected two RBI apiece, while seven members of the UT Martin lineup had multi-hit games to help lead the team to a season-best 19 hits.
Skyhawk starting pitcher Alex Boshers and reliever Alec Mills each allowed six runs, while Patterson was charged with the hard-luck loss, allowing one run in the bottom of the ninth.
The game was scoreless until the top of the third, when the Skyhawks erupted for five runs – all with two outs.
Meanwhile, Boshers was cruising along – allowing just two hits while pitching four shutout innings to begin the game.
In the top of the fifth, the Skyhawks put another five-spot on the scoreboard.
Jacksonville State answered with eight runs on eight hits in the bottom half of the inning, but the Skyhawks recovered to score the next two runs of the game. The Gamecocks saw four runs cross the plate in the bottom half of the seventh to tie the game at 12 apiece. The game stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth. Jacksonville State’s Jake Sharrock tripled to lead off the inning. After consecutive intentional walks to set up a forceout at home, Erik Underwood singled to right field to bring in Sharrock to end the game.
UTM 9-4, Jax. St. 3-7
Chase Okey’s four hits (in six at-bats) led the way for the Skyhawk offense, followed by three hits apiece by Wes Patterson, Jordan Owen, Phil Sorensen, Cody Terry and Matt Young. Owen and Terry each drove in two runs, while Okey, Patterson, Sorensen, Young, Trey Karlen and Cory Stooksbury also chipped in with an RBI.
On the mound, sophomore right-handers Dan Tobik and Alec Mills carried the staff in Game 1. Tobik allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings while fanning seven to pick up the win, while Mills struck out three in two shutout innings. In Game 2, Danny Kelley was hit with the loss after allowing four runs in five innings.
UT Martin jumped out to 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning in game 1, as Matt Milligan reached on a dropped third strike and came around to score on a triple by Young. One batter later, Young crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Karlen.
The Gamecocks tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out triple off the bat of Blake Seguin that brought in two runs.
The top of the fifth inning began a stretch where the Skyhawks scored in every frame through the end of the game, essentially helping to put the game out of reach.
Young sent a one-out single through the left side in the top of the fifth, then Karlen was hit by a pitch. Okey drew a walk to load the bases for Terry, who lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to put UT Martin ahead 3-2. Owen then came through with a big two-out RBI single to score Karlen.
Jacksonville State got one run back in the bottom half of the inning, but Milligan singled and came around to score on an error to make the score 5-3. In fact, from the sixth inning on, Tobik and Mills kept the Gamecocks off the scoreboard by allowing just three hits.
In the second game, UT Martin got off to a good start in Game 2, as Okey singled up the middle with one out in the first inning. Three pitches later, Terry tripled in Okey to put the Skyhawks on the scoreboard. Later in the inning, Patterson singled in Owen to give UT Martin a quick 2-0 advantage.
Jacksonville State pushed across one run in the second and third innings to knot the score at 2-all, but the Skyhawks took the lead in the top of the fourth. Patterson led things off with a double, followed by a Sorensen single and error that brought Patterson in to score.
The Gamecocks tied the game at 3-3 on a leadoff homer in the fourth inning, but Kelley recovered to get out of the inning without allowing any further damage.
The game was then delayed for 94 minutes before the start of the fifth inning. Coming out of the delay, Jacksonville State scored once in the fifth on a solo homer and added a three-run homer in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead.