Skyhawk ‘designated’ as All-OVC baseball
Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 12:02 am
UT Martin designated hitter Phil Sorensen has been named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference first team and All-Freshman team as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
The Erie, Pa., native is the only freshman on the 13-man OVC first team.
Sorensen becomes the fourth UT Martin baseball player to earn All-OVC first team honors and first since 2004 when Bryant Jones brought home the honors.
He is also just the sixth Skyhawk to earn a spot on the league’s All-Freshman team.
It’s been a banner year for Sorensen, who has kept his season batting average above .300 since March 4.
Overall, he led all full-timers with a .357 average, slamming 15 doubles in only 140 at-bats.
Playing in 47 games, he drove in 33 runs and sported a .564 slugging percentage while reaching base at a .410 clip.
In league play, Sorensen was even better, hitting .403 (25-for-62) in 16 starts.
He slugged a team-best .613 in conference games and posted a .441 on-base percentage.
Overall, Sorensen pieced together 12 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games, including two of the team’s three 4-hit games, as well as the team’s only five-plus RBI outing.
That game came on April 10 against SIU Edwardsville, when he ripped four hits and drove in six runs in a 20-14 Skyhawk victory.
From Feb. 27 through March 13, Sorensen produced an eight-game hit streak and overall he hit safely in 29 games (24 of his 38 starts).
He ends the regular season ranked fourth in the OVC in slugging and ninth in batting average.
There wasn’t a single situation in which Sorensen didn’t thrive in 2011.
He hit a staggering .615 (8-for-13) with a runner on third and less than two outs, and was 4-for-6 (.667) with the bases loaded.
Hitting .385 against southpaws and .351 against righties, he went 28-for-73 (.384) with runners aboard.
Sorensen and the Skyhawks will be making their second-ever appearance at the OVC Tournament this afternoon at Pringles Park.
The No. 6 seed, UT Martin battled No. 3 seeded Jacksonville State at 3 p.m. this afternoon.
That game had not went final as of press time.
See Tuesday’s edition of The Press for information on that contest and UTM’s other play at the OVC Tournament.
Despite its inexperience in the OVC Tournament, this will not be the first time that UT Martin will take the field at Pringles Park, which opened in 1998.
The Skyhawks enter the tournament having played three games in the stadium, playing Ole Miss on April 18, 2000 and Memphis twice (April 16, 2008 and April 22, 2009).
UT Martin fans unable to make it to Jackson can listen to Josh Lemons (play-by-play) and Allison Jones (color) as they provide live radio coverage for all of UTM’s OVC Tournament games on WUTM “The Hawk” 90.3 FM.
The OVC is also offering a live video stream of every game of the tournament for $9.95.