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Series win for UTM baseball after Game 3 breakout

Series win for UTM baseball after Game 3 breakout

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:04 am

UTM Sports Information
Trailing 9-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth Sunday afternoon against SIU Edwardsville, UT Martin busted the game open by scoring 17 runs in the next three frames to claim a 20-14 win and series victory.
UTM split a doubleheader with the Cougars on Saturday. The Skyhawks won the nightcap 7-6 after a 13-2 defeat in the opener.
UT Martin (9-22) closes out its eight-game homestand on Wednesday against in-state rival Lipscomb.
SUNDAY
UTM 20, SIU-E’ville 14
All nine starters hit safely for UT Martin (9-22), while all nine also either scored a run or drove in a run.
Freshman Phil Sorensen produced his second career four-hit game and drove in a career-high six runs to lead the Skyhawks.
“Phil is a quality hitter and is going to be a really good hitter for us over the years,” UT Martin head coach Bubba Cates said. “One thing most freshmen struggle with is consistency but Phil has had some days and even some weekends where he’s been one of our better guys on the field.”
Matt Haynes (four RBI), Cory Stooksbury (three), Trey Karlen (two) and Wes Patterson (two) also produced multi-RBI games. Cody Terry scored four runs, while Chase Okey and Karlen each crossed the plate three times.
Junior right-hander Willie Frederick improved to 2-1 on the season by fanning four in three innings.
SATURDAY
UTM 2-7, SIU-E’ville 13-6
Chase Okey drove in a career-high four runs — including a three-run home run — and Trey Karlen added his team-leading fifth home run of the season to account for six of UTM’s seven runs in the nightcap victory.
On the mound, sophomore right-hander Alec Mills picked up his third win in relief in the past six days.
The return of Karlen into the lineup sparked the Skyhawks in Game 2.
The preseason All-OVC selection from Rowlett, Texas took an exam Saturday morning and didn’t arrive to the ballpark until approximately 30 minutes before first pitch of the second game at Skyhawk Field.
Cates inserted Karlen into his usual leadoff spot and it paid off, as he went 3-for-3 while tallying two RBI and two runs.
That was big considering the UT Martin lineup was already missing fellow preseason All-OVC teamer Jordan Owen, who tweaked his hamstring in last Wednesday’s win over Belmont.
In the first game played, sophomore right-hander Dan Tobik went six shutout innings but the Cougars (11-18) struck for four runs off him in the top of the seventh on their way to scoring the last 13 runs of the contest.

wcp 4/12/11

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