Owen joins 200-hit club in triumph
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:00 pm
UT Martin and Murray State split a doubleheader on Friday, and then the host Thoroughbreds needed just one big inning on Saturday to win the Ohio Valley Conference series at Reagan Field.
MSU won the opener Friday 4-2, and then the Skyhawks responded with a 4-3 victory in Game 2.
The ’Breds then scored all their runs in the sixth inning for a 7-0 win Saturday.
UT Martin is now 9-22 overall with a 3-6 league mark.
On Friday, the Skyhawk offense was led by Ben Campbell and Matt Milligan, who each had three hits and a pair of RBI.
Junior Matt Young also was big for the Skyhawks, driving in a run in both games.
Jordan Owen and Phil Sorensen each scored a team-high two runs, while Owen’s multi-hit game in the nightcap helped him reach an elite list in UT Martin history. He now has 201 career hits, joining Cody Terry (226 from 2008-11), Bryant Jones (218 from 2001-04) and Wes Patterson (200 from 2008-11) as the only players in program history to amass 200 hits.
On the mound, the Skyhawk pitching staff was very solid, conceding seven runs and just two extra-base hits (both doubles) in 18 innings.
Willie Frederick started Game 2 and allowed just one run on six hits over six innings for UTM to pick up the victory.
Dan Tobik tossed the final three innings to earn his second save of the season.
Alec Mills pitched seven innings of effective ball in the opener, while Alex Boshers and Taylor Cox also made scoreless appearances.
“It was a tough day to hit for both teams,” Skyhawk head coach Bubba Cates said. “The wind was blowing in our faces and there wasn’t a single ball hit over an outfielder’s head on either side for 18 innings. We made some good pitches at the right time in the second game and that gave us a big win. We made some mistakes but we overcame those with big hits.”
Offense was a premium as the Thoroughbreds scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth on their way to the 7-0 win.
Freshman starting pitcher Carter Smith (3-1) was efficient for UT Martin, tossing a career-long 5 2/3 innings.
The lefty allowed only one hit through five frames before Murray State’s big sixth inning. Overall, he conceded only three earned runs on five hits.
Dalton Potts was also effective in relief for the Skyhawks, compiling two shutout innings while firing 18 of his 24 pitches for strikes. Published in The WCP 4.10.12