UALR 7-run comeback caps weekend sweep
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:00 pm
The UT Martin baseball team led by six runs after four innings of play against Arkansas-Little Rock, but the Trojans pushed across seven unanswered runs to post a 12-11 victory in 10 innings Sunday at Skyhawk Field.
UALR capped a three-game sweep with Sunday’s win, following 11-3 and 12-4 decisions on Saturday.
Five Skyhawks tallied multi-hit outings, as the trio of Jordan Owen, Hunter Britcliffe and Sonny Mastromatteo led the way with three hits apiece. Matt Young, Wade Collins and Ben Brewer each had two-hit days at the plate while Chase Okey drove in a team-high three runs for UT Martin (3-9).
Arkansas-Little Rock jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Skyhawks scored three runs in the bottom of the second.
Nico Zych drew a one-out walk, then Britcliffe pulled a double down the left field line to advance Zych to third base. Three pitches later, Mastromatteo singled up the middle to plate Zych. After Britcliffe would come around to score on a fielding error, Owen put the Skyhawks ahead with a single to right center that brought in Mastromatteo.
UT Martin tacked on another run in the third, as a Britcliffe single plated Brewer and made the score 4-2 in the Skyhawks’ favor.
The Trojans would tally three runs in the top of the fourth to briefly take a lead, but the Skyhawks rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Okey led things off with a solo homer out to right, the first of four straight hits to open the inning. Young then singled, followed by back-to-back singles by Owen and Collins to load the bases. Young scored on an error and then Brewer knocked in a pair of runs with a single through the left side. Britcliffe’s third hit in three at-bats brought in Matt Milligan and, after a Mastromatteo single, UT Martin had loaded the bases once again. Okey then recorded an RBI on a walk, and Young made the score 11-5 with a sacrifice fly out to left field.
Arkansas-Little Rock scored one in the fifth and three in the sixth to get within two runs at 11-9, but Dan Tobik held off the Trojans. The junior righty entered the game in the sixth with the tying run at the plate and quickly fanned two straight to escape the jam. In the seventh, Tobik sat the Trojans down in order, recording two more strikeouts while needing just 11 pitches to get through the inning.
However, the Trojans were able to tie the game in the top of the eighth, thanks to four hits and an error. Tobik would bounce back strong, however, retiring the side in order in the ninth, chalking up two more strikeouts to give him six (against zero walks) in his 3.2 innings of work.
The Skyhawks had a baserunner in scoring position with two outs in the ninth inning, but the game was sent into extra innings. Published in The WCP 3.6.12