March 3, 2018

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CINCINNATI, Ohio – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball squad split today’s doubleheader at Cincinnati today, dropping the first game 4-3 but made an epic comeback in the second game by posting a 7-5 victory over the Bearcats.

On the day, UT Martin (2-8) was led by Tyler Albright (three hits, two home runs and four RBIs), Ethan Whitley (four hits, one home run and two RBIs) and JoJo Allen (three hits, one home run and four RBIs).

The Skyhawk pitching staff saw Winston Cannon and Zack Denney toss four innings each in Game 1. Peyton Cain dazzled in his 4.1 innings of work in Game 2 while Austin Buzick threw three full innings of relief. Konnor Aherin showed signs of being a very clutch late inning man as he tossed 3.2 innings of two-hit baseball in the waning innings of a tight ballgame to claim the second victory of the year for UT Martin.

The Skyhawks return to action tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the series finale against the Bearcats.

Game 1

Allen led the Skyhawks in the first game of the twin bill as he accounted for all three runs for UT Martin on a home run. Whitley tallied two hits while Albright got a base knock.

Cannon allowed three runs in four innings out of the gate and fanned three Bearcats in his time on the mound. Denney (0-2) was tagged with the tough loss as he allowed the deciding run but was able to keep Cincinnati at bay for the majority of his four innings of work.

UT Martin was able to get runners on in the second inning as Collin Edwards drew a four-pitch walk but was erased from the base paths as he was caught stealing. Whitley then popped a single through the left side of the infield but was tagged out at first on a pickoff.

Cincinnati would have its big inning of the game in the third frame as the Bearcats found three runs on three hits and a walk, gaining a 3-0 advantage over the Skyhawks.

UT Martin looked as if it would answer the very next inning as Jordan Stoner drew a four-pitch walk followed by Casey Harford being plunked by a pitch to put two on for the Skyhawks but to no avail.

Finding a big fifth inning, UT Martin saw Whitley lead off with a single through the right side followed by Albright’s single to put two on for Allen. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Allen cranked his three-run shot to left field to even the score 3-3.

Cincinnati would take advantage of early seventh inning hits to plate one run in the frame, putting the Bearcats ahead 4-3. Denney made quick work in the Cincinnati eighth as he retired the side in order on just eight pitches but the Skyhawks could not counter in the ninth frame.

Game 2

UT Martin struck early in the second half of today’s doubleheader being led by Albright (two home runs, four RBIs) and Whitley (two hits, one home run and two RBIs). Allen (two hits, one RBI), Casey Harford (two hits, one run scored), Aslett (two hits), Stoner, Edwards and Blake Williams all got in on the hit parade as well.

Peyton Cain tossed 4.1 innings of solid baseball, allowing three earned runs while striking out four Bearcats in his time on the mound. Austin Buzick came on in relief for three innings but gave up a pair of runs in his time while Konnor Aherin (1-0) was extremely clutch as he gave up just two hits and fanned a pair of batters in his 3.2 innings of shutout baseball.

Harford tallied the Skyhawks’ first hit of the game as he doubled to left center just before Allen duplicated with a double of his own. Albright then hit an inside the park home run to give UT Martin an early 3-0 advantage. Cincinnati answered with one run in the home half of the first narrowing the Skyhawk lead to 3-1.

The Bearcats evened things up in the second frame as they were able to muster two runs on three hits, making things tied up at 3-3. Cain would make quick work of the third inning as he retired the side in order on just 10 pitches.

UT Martin looked to get hot again in the fifth inning as Ben Aslett tallied a single and was later able to advance to second on a throwing error but was unable to be pushed across the plate.

The Skyhawks added to their lead in the sixth as Allen was able to draw a five-pitch walk followed by another Albright homer, putting UT Martin up 5-3. Buzick tossed a perfect sixth as he worked out a trifecta of groundouts.

Cincinnati answered with a run in both the seventh and eighth innings as they evened things back up 5-5.

Aherin avoided major trouble as he worked around a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the ninth that assured the Skyhawks would have a chance to pull out the win.

UT Martin would remain fairly quiet until the 11th inning when Allen led off with a double. Things looked to be bleak as the next two batters struck out and flied out, respectively. Down to just one out left in the frame, Whitley stepped up to the plate and crushed a two-run shot to put the Skyhawks up 7-5. The bases would continue to see runners on them as Aslett, Williams and Stoner all hit singles to load up the bases but would be left on.

Cincinnati looked to even the score in the bottom of the 11th but Aherin made sure the Skyhawks would be victorious as he retired the side in order to put UT Martin on top.

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