Hits don’t add up for UT Martin
Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 12:00 pm
Matt Haynes hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to spark a comeback, but it was not enough as visiting Evansville took advantage of six runs in the top half of the sixth inning to claim a 9-5 win over UT Martin Wednesday night at Skyhawk Field.
With the loss the Skyhawks fall to 3-6 on the year. Evansville is now 3-4.
The Skyhawks out-hit the Purple Aces 10-8 in the game and actually had a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Ben Campbell doubled to left field and Sonny Mastromatteo hit a single to score Campbell from second base. Mastromatteo scored on Grant Glasser’s single to right field.
Evansville answered the UT Martin rally with six runs on five hits in the top of the sixth inning and roughed up Skyhawk relief pitcher Alex Boshers, who falls to 1-1 on the young season.
“I thought Alex threw well tonight, but it was a hard luck loss,” UTM head coach Bubba Cates said.
Trailing 8-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Skyhawks loaded the bases but failed to push a run across. “We had a chance in the seventh, but we didn’t get it done,” Cates said.
The Skyhawks used seven pitchers in the game, while Evansville used four. Redshirt junior Brendan Lozupone started the game and pitched two innings. Willie Frederick followed. He worked two innings. Both pitchers gave up one hit and a walk each. Frederick struck out four.
“We wanted to throw both Lozupone and Frederick and we did,” Cates said. “We plan to throw them this weekend, and if we didn’t use them tonight they would have had 10 days off.”
Cates said part of the reason he used seven pitchers is because he can. “We have been using a lot of pitchers because we have a lot of pitchers. We are fortunate to have more guys who can help us with depth this year.” Published in The WCP 3.1.12