BASEBALL SKYHAWKS BATTLE BUT FALL IN 8-4 SETBACK AT AUSTIN PEAY
April 28, 2018
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team attempted to duplicate last night’s performance but suffered an 8-4 setback at Ohio Valley Conference opponent Austin Peay this evening.
UT Martin (9-31, 5-15 OVC) was led by Tyler Albright (two hits, one home run and two RBIs). The Algonquin, Ill. native was tied for lead in hits (two) and paced the club in run production with his pair of RBIs. He also drew a squad-best two walks in the contest. Blake Davis accounted for the other Skyhawk RBI as he pushed a runner across on a double. Ethan Whitley, Billy Edwards and Jordan Stoner all tallied a pair of hits each. Ben Aslett and Casey Harford rounded out the hit column for UT Martin.
Winston Cannon (1-7) got the starting nod for the Skyhawks as he tossed 6.1 innings of work. He was tagged for eight earned runs but sat down four Governors along the way. David Hussey threw 1.2 innings of relief and allowed no earned runs in that span. He conceded just two hits and fanned one Austin Peay batter in his time on the mound.
The Skyhawks looked to replicate its outing last night as Stoner led off the game with a five-pitch walk but would be erased on a double-play ball. Albright then singled through the left side followed by an Aslett base knock but to no avail.
Austin Peay put a pair of runs on the scoreboard in the home half of the first to take an early 2-0 lead but not before Cannon would sit down one batter on strikes.
The Governors collected one run in both the second and third innings to push their lead out to 4-0.
UT Martin applied some pressure in the fourth as Davis connected for a one-out double to left center to give the Skyhawks a prime scoring opportunity. Collin Edwards would reach base on a wild pitch on a dropped strike three but the following bats were unable to pull through.
Cannon found his footing in the fourth as he retired the side in order beginning with a strikeout followed by a groundout and flyout, respectively.
The UT Martin fifth looked like another opportunity for the Skyhawks as Billy Edwards led off the frame with a single. Albright would draw a two-out walk to put a pair of runners but were unable to be driven home.
Austin Peay added a run to their total in the fifth to claim a 5-0 advantage.
The Skyhawks looked for a rally in the sixth as Whitley connected for a two-out base knock on the first pitch he saw. Harford then ripped a double down the left field line to put both runners in scoring position but the Skyhawks would have to wait to get on the board.
Cannon chewed through the Governors’ lineup in the sixth as he needed just nine pitches to get through the frame while recording a strikeout in the process.
With two outs in the seventh, Albright stepped to the plate pulled the trigger on the first pitch he saw and belted a solo shot to left center to put UT Martin on the board, 5-1.
Austin Peay put up three more runs in the seventh to push its lead to 8-1.
UT Martin was down to its last out in the eighth when Whitley pulled a double down the left field line. He then swiped third and came home on a throwing error to edge the Skyhawks closer by an 8-2 margin.
Hussey made fairly quick work of Austin Peay in the eighth as he fanned the first batter of the frame then found a friendly ground ball. He would concede a single but force a popout to end the inning.
The Skyhawks made a final push in the top of the ninth as the first four batters of the inning reached safely. Billy Edwards led off the frame with a single followed by a Stoner base knock. Shrode then worked a five-pitch walk to load the bases as Albright was issued a four-pitch free base to bring in Edwards. Davis would later line out to center but the out was long enough for Stoner to tag up and come home. Having scored two runs, UT Martin was unable to replicate last night’s comeback victory as it dropped the game 8-4.
The Skyhawks look to take the rubber match and their second straight conference series tomorrow with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
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