Potts, early bats deal UT Martin past Aces
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 12:00 pm
UT Martin scored the first five runs of its game against Evansville and added three more late insurance runs in an 8-3 victory Wednesday at Skyhawk Field.
Four Skyhawks tallied multi-hit games, as Grant Glasser (two runs scored, RBI), Byron Johann (extended his hitting streak to eight), Luis Paublini (two runs scored) and Brent Morris (one run scored) registered two hits apiece.
Hagen Nelson drove in a pair of runs and scored a run in his first start of the season, while Nico Zych (two RBI) and Matt Haynes (two runs scored, RBI) also led UT Martin, which improved to 8-13 on the season.
Sophomore left-hander Dalton Potts moved to 3-2 on the season with two scoreless innings while maintaining a pitch count.
John Skubina tossed a scoreless third inning, while Trevor Lundgrin (0.2 perfect innings), Carter Smith (four innings, two hits allowed, career-high six strikeouts) and Stu Jones (one inning) all chalked up scoreless outings for the Skyhawks.
Potts used a big double play to help put up a shutout first inning, then retired the side in order in the second.
The Skyhawks registered three runs in the bottom of the second, starting with back-to-back singles by Paublini and Morris.
Two quick outs followed before a two-out rally, beginning with an RBI single by Nelson. Zych and Glasser then amassed RBI singles to give UT Martin a 3-0 advantage.
After Skubina shut out the Purple Aces in the third, UT Martin compiled two more runs in the bottom half. Haynes doubled to right center to bring around Paublini while Zych drew the third straight walk of the inning for an RBI.
However, Evansville scored three runs in the top of the third to get back within striking distance at 5-3. Lundgrin came into the game with the bases loaded and one out but helped UT Martin hold on to the lead by dialing up a strikeout and inning-ending flyout.
Smith racked up a pair of strikeouts in both the fifth and sixth innings, keeping the score at 5-3 until the Skyhawks added one run in the sixth, seventh and eighth.
Glasser doubled in the sixth and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch, while Nelson drove in his second run of the game off a fielder’s choice in the seventh.
Glasser was solely responsible for the final run, as he turned a hit by pitch into two stolen bases and a throwing error to make the score 8-3.
Smith retired the side in order in the seventh and tacked on two more strikeouts in the eighth. Overall, the sophomore out of St. Louis retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced.
Jones then worked a scoreless ninth to lower his season ERA to 0.79 in 11.1 innings.
UT Martin wraps up a five-game homestand this weekend when it hosts Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee Tech.
Memphis 18, UTM 4
UT Martin found its offense in the middle innings against Memphis but couldn’t overcome an early hole in an 18-4 loss Tuesday night at Skyhawk Field.
Brent Morris and Matt Haynes tied career-highs with three hits apiece to lead UT Martin (7-13) offensively. Sonny Mastromatteo scored twice, while Luis Paublini and Byron Johann both scored once and drove in a run for the Skyhawks. Johann compiled two hits to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
Published in The WCP 3.21.13