UT MARTIN BASEBALL BEGINS FIVE-GAME HOMESTAND WITH EVANSVILLE
March 27, 2018
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team kicks off a five-game home stand by hosting regional foe Evansville on Wednesday, March 28 with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. This game was moved from Evansville last week to the friendly confines of Skyhawk Field due to weather concerns and field conditions at Charles H. Braun Stadium.
UT Martin is led by Jordan Stoner who boasts a .322 batting average while sporting a .935 OPS on the season. His eight doubles rank 10th in the Ohio Valley Conference while he is tied for first in the league in triples with two on the season. Stoner is also tied for first in the conference in times hit by pitch with eight on the year. Stoner has tallied a team-best eight doubles and two triples while also belting a pair of home runs and racking up 10 RBIs.
The duo of Carson Shrode (five home runs and 16 RBIs) and Ethan Whitley (four home runs and 14 RBIs) have provided the Skyhawks with the biggest pop over the course of the season thus far. Casey Harford (three home runs and 11 RBIs), JoJo Allen (three home runs and 11 RBIs) and Tyler Albright (two home runs and 10 RBIs) round out the double-digit run production for UT Martin.
Right handed pitcher Dalton Westfall (0-2, 13.09 ERA) will get the starting nod for the Skyhawks agaisnt the Purple Aces. UT Martin will look to its bullpen will provide solid innings of relief behind the arms of righty Jefferey O’Doherty (0-0, 5.79 ERA), right hander David Hussey (0-0, 6.23 ERA), lefty Konnor Aherin (2-2, 6.91 ERA and one save) and right handed pitcher Austin Buzick (0-1, 7.45 ERA).
Entering the week, Evansville is led by Troy Beilsmith (.313 batting average, three home runs and 11 RBIs). The duo of Kenton Crews and Andrew Tanous have provided double-digit RBI numbers, 12 and 10 respectively.
The Purple Aces will turn to Jimmy Day for the midweek start, making the transition from his normal duties of infielder. Evansville has a plethora of arms in the likes of Dalton Hortsmeier (1-1, 1.17 ERA and eight strikeouts), Nathan Croner (0-1, 1.64 ERA and 13 strikeouts) and Adam Lukas (1-1, 1.69 ERA and 18 strikeouts) coming out of the bullpen.