May 4, 2018

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team dropped the series opener to Eastern Illinois by a 16-6 margin this evening.

UT Martin (9-33, 5-17 OVC) was led by Ben Aslett (three hits, one double, one home run and one RBI) and Jordan Stoner (three hits and an RBI). Casey Harford led the squad in run production as he drove in a pair of runners in the contest on one hit. Carson Shrode rounded out the run-scoring as he pushed one across the plate on a base knock. Blake Davis and Ethan Whitley tallied the remainder of Skyhawk hits as both connected for a hit apiece.

Dom Bazzani (3-4) got the start for UT Martin and tossed 3.1 innings. He allowed five earned runs in his time on the mound. David Hussey followed in relief and was tagged with three earned runs in his outing. Peyton Cain was charged with two earned runs in his two full innings of work. Dalton Westfall tossed one complete inning but allowed a pair of earned runs in the process. Jefferey O’Doherty finished out the game as he hurled for one full inning and allowed just two hits and sat down one batter on strikes.

The Skyhawks would get on the board first as Aslett led off the second inning with a homer to right center to give UT Martin a 1-0 advantage.

Eastern Illinois put up four runs in both the third and fourth innings to take an 8-1 lead.

UT Martin struck back in the home half of the fourth when Aslett got things started on a single to right field on the first pitch he saw. Collin Edwards would then reach base on a fielding error followed by a Whitley single. A Panther error allowed Whitley to move up to single, Edwards to shift over to third and for Aslett to cross home plate. Harford then ripped a single to left center to bring in both Edwards and Whitley. A Billy Edwards walk would put a pair of runners on again for the Skyhawks just in time for Stoner’s base knock to left center, bringing in Harford. Shrode then popped a single to left field to scoot Edwards across the plate to close in on Eastern Illinois 8-6.

The Panthers went on to push eight more runs across to give the final score of 16-6.

The Skyhawks will continue the series tomorrow against Eastern Illinois. First pitch has been moved to 6 p.m. due to the threat rain in the area tomorrow morning.

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