All Skyhawks’ output comes in 3rd inning
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 12:00 pm
UT Martin sent 15 batters to the plate in a 10-run third inning that allowed the Skyhawks to cruise to a 10-1 victory over Christian Brothers Tuesday afternoon at Skyhawk Field.
The third inning was the only frame that UT Martin (5-15) would score in, but the offensive firepower was enough for the Skyhawks to post their eighth straight victory over Christian Brothers, an NCAA Division-II school located in Memphis that competes in the Gulf South Conference and is coached by UT Martin alum Phil Goodwin (Class of 1976).
The 10 runs generated by the offense wound up being one shy of the program record for runs scored in a single inning. The Skyhawks lit up the scoreboard for 11 runs in an inning against Chicago State on Feb. 28, 1997.
UT Martin’s offense was led by Grant Glasser, who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI, all of which came on a grand slam for his first homer of the season. Nico Zych also added three hits and was one of six players to drive in a run in the third inning. Ben Campbell tallied two hits and Phil Sorensen drove in a pair of runs for the Skyhawks, who used 20 different players (15 position players, five pitchers).
As a whole, the UT Martin pitching staff was very sharp, allowing only one run on five hits. Carter Smith improved to 2-0 on the season with three innings of shutout ball, conceding just one hit. Brendan Lozupone (two innings, one run allowed, two strikeouts) followed, with Taylor Cox adding a shutout frame in the sixth. Alex Boshers (two scoreless innings) and Zych (two strikeouts in one inning) then closed out the game for the Skyhawks, who have allowed just six runs in their last three outings.
Smith pitched out of a jam in the first inning and UT Martin loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half but couldn’t get on the scoreboard. Chase Okey helped keep the Buccaneers scoreless through the first three innings as he threw out two would-be basestealers in the early going.
Glasser doubled to ignite the Skyhawks in the third. After Jordan Owen drew a walk, Wade Collins smoked a double down the right field line, scoring Glasser to make the score 1-0. With the infield drawn in, Sorensen then ripped a single through the right side to bring in a pair of runs. Matt Milligan was then hit by a pitch and five pitches later, Campbell drove in a run with an opposite-field single to give UT Martin a four-run advantage.
With men on the corners and still no outs, Zych singled to center to bring around Milligan.
After a pitching change, Sonny Mastromatteo reached on a fielder’s choice, driving in a run. Okey then reached on a free pass, juicing the bases for Glasser.
The junior from Tuttle, Okla., lined a rocket out to right field that cleared the wall, putting the Skyhawks on top 10-0. Published in The WCP 3.22.12