BASEBALL SKYHAWKS SET TO HOST IN-STATE FOE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS IN MIDWEEK SHOWCASE

April 23, 2018

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team is set to finish out a five-game homestand with a midweek matchup against in-state opponent Christian Brothers tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

UT Martin holds a 21-6 advantage over Christian Brothers and is currently on a seven-game win streak against the Buccaneers. The last matchup between these two foes came on April 19, 2017 as the Skyhawks claimed a narrow 9-8 victory.

The Skyhawks are coming off of a weekend in which they snapped a lengthy losing streak and claimed their first Ohio Valley Conference series of the season against SIUE.

UT Martin (7-30) is led by the hot bat of Jordan Stoner (.358 batting average, 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 14 RBIs). The junior outfielder is also sporting a .982 OPS and has swiped a team-best nine bases. Ethan Whitley is coming off of a memorable week in which he collected a pair of home runs and a three-bagger as he tallied a .500 batting average in the four-game span. His eight home runs and 27 RBIs pace the club.

The Skyhawk pitching staff looks to build off of its strong victories as the group tallied double-digit strikeouts in both games. Leading the bullpen are right handed pitchers David Hussey (0-0, 5.32 ERA) and Peyton Cain (0-4, 5.98 ERA) as both have rung up 25 batters this season. Lefty Konnor Aherin (2-2, 6.16 ERA) has also given UT Martin strong showings out of the pen as he and Cain have tallied a save each on the year.

Christian Brothers (10-35) are led by Jaime Soto (.283 batting average, one home run and 24 RBIs). Parker Jordan leads the Buccaneers in long balls with five on the season and has driven in 16 of his teammates. A total of nine batters have racked up double-digit RBIs this year for Christian Brothers.

The Buccaneers’ pitching staff is led by Peyton Sanderlin (4-8, 3.72 ERA) as he has sat down 67 batters faced on strikeouts. Garrett Stebbins-Johnson (1-1, 6.04 ERA) has been a fairly reliable option out of the bullpen as he has made 15 appearances and tossed 22.1 innings this season. Leading the squad in appearances with 18, Blake Dallas (1-1, 8.28 ERA) looks to be a go-to piece for second-year head coach Lee Parks.




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