March 17, 2018

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team dropped a 17-1 decision to Ohio Valley Conference opponent Southeast Missouri this afternoon to snap the squad’s three-game winning streak.

UT Martin (4-13, 2-3 OVC) was led by Ben Aslett (two hits, one RBI) while Jordan Stoner, Casey Harford, Tyler Albright, Anthony Adduci and Ethan Whitley all tallied hits in the contest.

Winston Cannon (0-3) allowed six earned runs in his four-inning start today but managed to retire a pair of Redhawks via the punchout. Peyton Cain tossed an inning, giving up four earned runs in the process and recording a strikeout. Dalton Westfall could not retire a batter in his time on the mound and was tagged with four earned runs. Seth Rayburn provided some stability to the Skyhawk pitching staff on the day as he logged four complete innings and wrung up three Southeast Missouri batters along the way.

Cannon was able to work around a bases loaded situation in the first inning as he retired the side on a strikeout and a groundball double play.

The UT Martin first looked as if big things would be in store as Stoner led off with a single and later advanced to second on a botched pickoff attempt. A Harford groundout moved Stoner to third but he would be stranded as no one was able to push him across the plate.

Southeast Missouri was able to muster all 17 runs from the third inning to the sixth inning, with little resistance from the Skyhawk bats in that span.

UT Martin put its only run on the board in the sixth frame. With two outs in the inning, Albright reached first base after striking out but was allowed on by a throwing error, advancing to second in the process. Aslett then stepped to the plate to rip a single through the right side to plate Albright and avoid the shutout, narrowing the Redhawk lead 17-1.

Rayburn was able to retire the side in order in the seventh as he sat down the batters on a ground out, strikeout and fly out. He worked fairly quickly in the eighth as well as he allowed just one hit, getting a pair of line outs and a ground out to keep things quiet.

The Skyhawks looked to get a rally started in the eighth as, with just one out left, a pair of singles from Harford and Albright showed signs of life but to no avail.

Rayburn’s time in the ninth was quick as well as he fanned the first Redhawk he saw followed by a fly out and a ground out.

Another near-rally came for the Skyhawks in the bottom of the ninth as they were down to their last strike with Adduci beat out an infield single but UT Martin would have to wait another day for the victory.

The Skyhawks look to take the rubber match tomorrow against Southeast Missouri. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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