UT Martin takes twinbill but can’t power a sweep
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 pm
Senior rightfielder Jordan Owen clubbed a pair of home runs for the UT Martin, but Butler came away with a 13-5 win at Skyhawk Field Sunday.
UTM swept a doubleheader Saturday, 5-0 and 5-4.
Sunday’s performance by Owen was the fourth time he has gone deep multiple times in a single game, and first since a two-homer game at Austin Peay on May 22, 2010.
Byron Johann also homered for the Skyhawks (3-5), while Jake Deason added his first career RBI. Wade Collins had a pair of hits, as did Chase Okey, who reached base safely all four times he made a plate appearance.
UT Martin starting pitcher Danny Kelley was hit with the loss after allowing five runs on five hits in 22⁄3 innings pitched. The Skyhawks used a total of nine pitchers.
Butler scored a two-out run in the second and added four more in the third – also all with two outs.
UT Martin then scored three unanswered to get back into the game. Owen led things off with a solo homer in the third inning and four batters later, Okey laced a double into right center that plated Collins to make the score 5-2. In the bottom of the fourth, Johann stroked his solo homer to straightaway centerfield to get the Skyhawks within a pair of runs.
However, the Bulldogs scored once in the fifth and tacked on three more runs in the sixth to take a 9-3 advantage. Owen’s second homer of the game made the score 9-4 in the bottom of the sixth, giving Owen a team-high 10 RBI through eight games this season.
Ben Campbell smacked a one-out triple to right field in the bottom of the seventh and eventually came around to score on a Deason sacrifice fly to make the score 9-5.
Backed by strong pitching performances from top to bottom and clutch situational hitting, UT Martin swept a twinbill over Butler Saturday.
On the mound, five Skyhawk hurlers combined to concede just one earned run (four overall) in 18 innings. The UT Martin pitching staff amassed 19 strikeouts while allowing just 15 hits.
Junior right-hander Alec Mills was in the zone in Game 1. He matched a career-high with seven strikeouts while allowing just one extra-base hit over six innings of shutout ball for his first mound victory of the season and 10th of his career.
In the second game, freshman Carter Smith had quite a collegiate debut. The southpaw, who has one hand and emulates former big leaguer Jim Abbott on the mound, gave up just a bunt single and a walk in four scoreless innings.
Published in The WCP 2.28.12