BASEBALL TEAM FALLS 11-2 IN FINALE OF BELMONT SERIES
April 7, 2013
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team scrapped today in the final game of the Belmont series, but the Bruins came away with an 11-2 victory at Skyhawk Field.
Grant Glasser led the way with a pair of RBI’s today for UT Martin (9-22, 2-13 Ohio Valley Conference). Matt Young reached base twice (single, walk) out of the No. 2 hole for the Skyhawks, while Matt Haynes and Brent Morris each scored a run for UT Martin.
On the hill, Dalton Potts (3-4) held the Bruins down for the first three innings but suffered the loss. He allowed seven hits while walking only one against a career-best six strikeouts over 5.1 innings. Cody Miller (one inning) and Trevor Lundgrin (0.1 innings) each had scoreless appearances out of the bullpen for the Skyhawks.
It was a pitcher’s duel through the first three innings, as Potts was in a groove early. The sophomore out of Greenfield fanned four through his first three frames and allowed just two baserunners. Potts helped himself in the top of the third by ranging to his right to field a bunt and spinning around to make a throw for the third out of the inning to strand a runner on third.
Potts began the fourth with another strikeout but Belmont got on the scoreboard two batters later, as a two-run homer gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
After a leadoff single to begin the top of the fifth, Potts bounced back to generate another scoreless inning of work. He picked up another strikeout, picked a runner off and induced a flyout to center to keep the score at 2-0.
However, Belmont would strike for five runs in the top of the sixth to extend its lead out to 7-0. Wilson, who came in to record the final out of the sixth, did not allow a ball out of the infield during a scoreless seventh.
The Skyhawk offense broke through for a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. Haynes and Morris led off the inning with back-to-back singles and after a walk to Sonny Mastromatteo loaded the bases with two outs, Glasser smacked a single up the middle to plate two. Young was then hit by a pitch to load the bases again and after a pitching change, Johann sent a frozen rope that seemed destined to find the outfield grass but Belmont shortstop Jared Breen snagged the ball to end the Skyhawk threat.
Belmont added two more runs in the eighth to go on top by a 9-2 margin. UT Martin saw the leadoff man reach base in the bottom of the eighth and eventually advance up to third base. However, the Skyhawks couldn’t cut into the Bruin lead.
The Bruins tacked on two more runs in the top of the ninth and although UT Martin would receive a leadoff pinch hit single by Wes Piersall, he couldn’t come around to score.
The Skyhawks begin a five-game road trip when they travel to No. 2 Vanderbilt on Tuesday, April 9. First pitch time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.