RALLY COMES UP JUST SHORT AS UT MARTIN BASEBALL FALLS 8-7 TO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
March 18, 2018
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team fought back but fell to Ohio Valley Conference foe Southeast Missouri by an 8-7 margin.
UT Martin (5-14, 2-4 OVC) was led by freshman Ethan Whitley (two hits, one home run and three RBIs) and newcomer Jordan Stoner (two hits and two RBIs). Collin Edwards and Blake Davis also tallied an RBI each in the contest while also getting a base knock each. Ben Aslett, Carson Shrode and Billy Edwards rounded out the hit column for the Skyhawks with one apiece.
Starting on the mound, Sam Folks logged six innings, fanning five along the way but gave up six earned runs. David Hussey made a relief appearance of one inning while Konnor Aherin (2-1) was tagged with the loss as he tossed two innings and gave up a pair of runs to the Redhawks but wrung up two in the process.
Folks worked around a leadoff double by Southeast Missouri to keep things quiet in the first inning by getting a couple of groundouts and a flyout to keep things quiet.
UT Martin looked to get off on the right foot as Stoner led off the first with a double to left center and eventually moved to third on a groundout but could not be pushed across the plate.
Southeast Missouri plated six runs in the second inning on four hits, two walks and a hit by pitch but Folks was able to retire the side on a pair of strikeouts and force a groundout. He would also record a pair of whiffs in the third inning, while also making quick work of the fourth and fifth. Blake Davis was able to catch a pair of Redhawks trying to swipe bases, one in the fourth and fifth innings.
The Skyhawks would strike back in the fifth as Whitley got things started with a double to right field. Billy Edwards then singled to put runners at the corners to set up a Stoner two-bagger down the left field line to plate both Whitley and Edwards to narrow the score 6-2.
Hussey made his appearance in the seventh and got to work quickly as he forced a flyout and a foulout before conceding a double and finally another flyout.
Aherin came on in the eighth, forcing a groundout and fanning a pair of Redhawks.
UT Martin would not go down quietly as the bottom of the eighth inning rolled around. Being hit by a pitch, Stoner led off the frame. Aslett then singled through the right side to put runners at the corners just in time for a Collin Edwards single to plate stoner and move Aslett to second. A Davis single through the left side would be enough to score Aslett. Then Whitley stepped up to the plate and belted a homer to left center to give the Skyhawks the lead at a 7-6 margin.
Southeast Missouri struck back in the ninth with a pair of runs to retake the lead and put up the ultimate final score of 8-7.
UT Martin travels to Evansville on Tuesday, March 20 with first pitch slated for 6 p.m.