UT Martin early lead vanishes
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00 pm
UT Martin jumped out to an early lead against Central Arkansas but saw it quickly put away in a 16-4 loss in the final home game of the 2013 baseball season Tuesday afternoon.
Offensively, the Skyhawks (10-38) were led by Grant Glasser, Taylor Cox and Drew Erie, who each tallied a hit and drew a walk. Glasser, Cox, Byron Johann and Nico Zych each scored a run while Hagen Nelson and Kyle Bargery were responsible for RBI’s this afternoon.
A total of five UT Martin pitchers saw time on the mound, highlighted by a career-high four innings and four strikeouts by freshman Chris Flores, who allowed just one hit. Isaac Armstrong also tossed 12⁄3 shutout frames for the Skyhawks out of the bullpen. Starting pitcher Trevor Lundgrin (0-2) was charged with the loss after allowing five runs in two-plus innings.
“It was a tough day,” UT Martin head coach Bubba Cates said. “We battled against a very good Central Arkansas team but it was just tough for us to score after the first inning.”
After Lundgrin retired the side in order in the top of the first, the Skyhawks pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first. Glasser led things off with a double to the gap in right center and advanced to third thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Sonny Mastromatteo.
Johann and Cox then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases for Nelson, who beat out an infield single to make the score 1-0. Johann and Cox later scored on a two-out error, providing a 3-0 Skyhawk advantage after one complete inning of play.
Central Arkansas (34-16) got one run back on a two-out single in the top of the second then added six runs in the third before Nick Wilson picked up a pair of strikeouts to finish out the inning. The Bears pushed across one run in the fourth before Armstrong put a halt to the rally by inducing an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
UT Martin nearly sliced its deficit in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with no outs. However, Central Arkansas bounced back with three consecutive outs to keep the score at 8-3.
The Bears then added six runs in the top of the fifth before Flores entered the contest. The 6-4 lefthander sat down Central Arkansas in order in a perfect sixth.
Zych walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth and would soon swipe second base for his sixth stolen base in as many attempts this season. Bargery then ripped a 1-2 pitch for a two-out double to right center to plate Zych and get the Skyhawks back on the scoreboard.
Central Arkansas added two more runs on a two-out homer in the top of the seventh, but that would be the only mistake that Flores would make.
Published in The WCP 5.16.13