BATS COME ALIVE IN BASEBALL TEAM'S 14-9 WIN OVER MID-CONTINENT
March 4, 2013
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team exploded for season-highs in multiple offensive categories this afternoon in a 14-9 victory over Mid-Continent University at Skyhawk Field.
Coming into today with season-highs of five runs and nine hits, UT Martin (5-6) banged out 20 hits on its way to 14 runs. The Skyhawks generated four runs in three separate innings, scoring in five of their eight innings in all.
Seven Skyhawks produced multi-hit outings today, led by senior Byron Johann. The Pickerington, Ohio native laced a career-high four hits and four RBI, while scoring twice himself. Grant Glasser also drove in four runs while collecting a pair of hits at the dish.
Phil Sorensen had three hits and three runs scored, while Matt Haynes crossed the plate three times. Wade Collins scored a pair of runs with a pair of RBI (including his first homer of the season) while Sonny Mastromatteo (two runs, two RBI) and Drew Erie (2-for-2) had two-hit afternoons as well.
On the mound, sophomore Dalton Potts won his second straight decision, tossing a career-high five innings. He allowed only two runs on five hits while striking out three against zero walks. All in all, six Skyhawk hurlers took the mound today – including three who made their season debuts (Isaac Armstrong, Jordan Stokes, Chris Flores).
“I was pleased with our offensive output today,” UT Martin head coach Bubba Cates said. “We have struggled scoring runs but we did a great job today of adjusting after the first inning. We carried that into the rest of the ballgame.”
Potts allowed a leadoff single but then found a groove – retiring 11 straight batters, including a seven-pitch third inning.
UT Martin got on the scoreboard with four runs in the bottom of the second. Sorensen singled to lead off the inning, then came around to score two pitches later when Johann roped a double to right center. Mastromatteo singled in Johann and after Haynes drew a walk, both runners came into score on a two-run single by Glasser.
The Skyhawks tacked on four more runs in their next at-bat, thanks to four straight batters reaching base with two outs. Johann began the rally with a one-out single, then crossed the plate on a Mastromatteo single up the middle. After Haynes reached on an error, Paublini (RBI double) and Glasser (two-RBI single) helped provide an 8-0 Skyhawk advantage.
Mid-Continent scored a run in the top of the fourth, but UT Martin got the run back in the bottom-half when Zych drove in Sorensen – who had reached on a leadoff double – on a sacrifice fly.
The Cougars scored one more time in the fifth but the Skyhawks came right back with four more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Haynes singled through the left side to lead off the frame and came around to score on a Collins single. With two outs and the bases loaded, Johann barely missed a grand slam – ripping a shot off the wall in right center that brought in three runs.
Mid-Continent scored three times in the sixth inning to make the score 13-5, but the Skyhawks got back on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh thanks to Collins’ fourth career longball.
Although the Cougars scratched out four runs in the top of the eighth, Skyhawk closer Stu Jones closed the door on Mid-Continent. The 6-5 junior needed only nine pitches – eight of which went for strikes – to retire the side in order in the ninth.
UT Martin returns to play on Tuesday, March 5 when it travels to Arkansas State for a 6 p.m. first pitch.