Evansville finishes better than UT Martin starts
Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 12:00 pm
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — UT Martin raced out to a 5-0 lead through four innings, but Evansville scored six unanswered — including a run in the bottom of the ninth — to claim a 6-5 win Tuesday at Braun Stadium.
Sophomore first baseman Phil Sorensen led the Skyhawks offensively, going 4-for-4 with three RBI. Juniors Grant Glasser and Ben Campbell also each recorded three hits with an RBI and run scored for UT Martin (3-14).
On the mound, freshman Carter Smith pitched well in his first career start, holding Evansville scoreless before running into trouble in the fifth. The southpaw allowed three runs (two earned) with four strikeouts against zero walks in four innings. Dan Tobik (0-1) then closed out the game, allowing three runs with four strikeouts against one walk in 41⁄3 innings.
UT Martin would score in three consecutive innings, beginning with the top of the second.
Byron Johann guided a one-out single through the right side, coming around to score three pitches later off a Sorensen double to right-center. Sorensen would then advance to third on a groundout and come around to score on a single up the middle off the bat of Campbell to give the Skyhawks a 2-0 advantage.
After Smith racked up a pair of strikeouts in the bottom of the second, Chase Okey extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the third inning off with a leadoff single to center.
Glasser followed with a single, and after a fielder’s choice, Wade Collins singled into right field to load the bases for Sorensen. The Erie, Pa., native would deliver in a big way, driving a 2-1 pitch to the opposite field for a double that put UT Martin ahead 4-0.
Smith pitched out of trouble in the third, retiring the side via a strikeout after Evansville had three men reach base in the inning. The Skyhawks kept the offense going in the fourth, as Campbell singled up the middle to lead off the inning. Two outs later, Campbell would score on a bunt single by Glasser to give UT Martin a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Smith worked around a two-out single to end the inning with a called strikeout. However, Evansville would open the fifth with three straight hits, eventually scoring three runs to cut the Skyhawk lead to a pair.
The Purple Aces would tie the game on a two-run single with two outs in the sixth, but Tobik would settle in nicely. He sat down seven straight Evansville batters at one point, registering a trio of strikeouts in that span.
However, the Purple Aces led off the ninth with a double and sacrifice bunt to put the winning run 90 feet away. Trentt Copeland then hit the first pitch he saw into left-center to give Evansville the walk-off win.
UT Martin will look to recover this weekend in a tournament hosted by Saint Louis University.
The Skyhawks will open the tournament on Friday against Air Force at noon. The next day, UT Martin will face Western Illinois for a noon start time. On Sunday, the Skyhawks close out the tournament against the host Billikens at 2 p.m. Published in The WCP 3.15.12