More hits not enough in latest Skyhawk loss
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:00 pm
UT Martin outhit Belmont, but the Bruins scored all six of their runs in back-to-back innings to claim a 6-3 win in Tuesday’s baseball game at ES Rose Park.
UT Martin (10-30) tallied 10 hits compared to Belmont’s eight.
The Skyhawk offense was led by a pair of freshmen infielders as Nico Zych and Sonny Mastromatteo each banged out three hits and drove in a run.
Byron Johann accounted for UT Martin’s other RBI, while Chase Okey, Jordan Owen and Ben Brewer each scored a run for the Skyhawks.
It was a staff day for UT Martin on the mound as five different pitchers saw action. Starting pitcher Danny Kelley allowed only two hits through three shutout innings, while Dalton Potts (three innings, zero hits, zero walks) and Stu Jones registered scoreless frames in relief for the Skyhawks.
After two of the first three Belmont batters reached on singles, Kelley was in cruise control. He retired his final eight batters, including a seven-pitch second inning, until he departed the game after the third.
UT Martin’s offense got going in the top of the fourth, seeing three runs cross the plate.
Okey and Owen were both hit by a pitch to open the inning, and after a flyout to center, Brewer delivered a pinch-hit single through the left side to load the bases. Zych then singled to left on the first pitch of his at-bat, bringing in Okey.
Mastromatteo followed with an RBI single to score Owen. With the bases loaded and two outs, Johann stepped into pinch hit and singled to left field, driving in Brewer to put the Skyhawks on top 3-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Belmont answered with a pair of runs, but thanks to Trevor Lundgrin, UT Martin kept its lead.
Entering the game with the score 3-2 with no outs and the bases loaded, Lundgrin induced a double play on a comebacker to the mound, firing a strike home for the force out, followed by Okey gunning a throw down to first base.
With two men still in scoring position, Lundgrin needed just three pitches before escaping the inning unscathed with an inning-ending groundout to third.
The Skyhawks were held scoreless in the top of the fifth, allowing Belmont to take a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth. In a similar fashion as the fourth, the Bruins plated three runs after the first four batters of the inning until Potts entered the game. Potts recorded a pair of groundouts and a flyout to end Belmont’s rally and keep the score at 6-3.
UT Martin’s offense had two baserunners reach in each of the next three innings, but all six runners were stranded as Belmont clung to its three-run lead.
Meanwhile, Potts was rolling, retiring his last seven batters he faced, including a six-pitch seventh inning.
Jones sat down the first two Bruins he faced in the eighth to make it nine consecutive Belmont batters retired. Belmont would hit a two-out double to snap the streak, but Jones stranded the runner with a grounder to third base to close out the frame.
However, the UT Martin offense was retired in order in the top of the ninth.
The Skyhawks return home for their next seven games, starting with a key Ohio Valley Conference showdown against Southeast Missouri this weekend. The three-game set starts on Friday at 6 p.m., and follows on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
MTSU 4, UTM 3
Junior Leah Taylor led the top of the seventh inning off with her 17 career triple and her 10 triple of the season, but she one of six UT Martin base runners stranded Wednesday afternoon at Blue Raider Field as host Middle Tennessee claimed a 4-3 victory over the Skyhawks.
Taylor was one of three Skyhawks with two hits against Middle Tennessee. Senior catcher Erica Duke had a pair of hits, including a double and an RBI, while senior shortstop Jenny Bain went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.
Middle Tennessee scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning, but UT Martin responded with two runs in the top of the third when Duke opened the frame with a double. Kayla Wade and Taylor reached on a fielder’s choices and Jenny Bain drove in a pair of runs with a single to center field.
With the scored tied at 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning, the Skyhawks took a 3-1 advantage when Duke singled to center field and drove in Becca Williams who was hit by a pitch. Published in The WCP 4.26.12