March 23, 2014

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A trio of University of Tennessee at Martin pitchers limited the Ohio Valley Conference’s best offense to just two runs today but the Skyhawks could only muster one hit in a 2-0 loss at Tennessee Tech.

Alex Martin pitched well once again but fell to 0-4 on the season after allowing two runs in six frames. John Skubina and Stu Jones each pitched an inning of scoreless relief to round out a solid outing by the Skyhawk hurlers this afternoon.

One day after all nine starters contributed with at least a hit, UT Martin (3-19, 2-7 OVC) was limited to one hit – a Taylor Cox double with two outs in the seventh inning. Zack Malone, Max Balter and Ben Upton were all hit by pitches today but those were the only baserunners that Tennessee Tech starting pitcher Chris Chism would allow in a complete game shutout.

Martin registered a pair of strikeouts over a scoreless first inning and stranded a pair of Golden Eagles on the basepaths in a scoreless second frame.

After Malone was hit by a pitch to lead off the third, Balter sacrificed him over to second to put a runner in scoring position with one out but the Skyhawks couldn’t get on the scoreboard first.

Martin did another great job of keeping the game scoreless through the third inning. Tennessee Tech led the frame off with a double and eventually put runners on second and third with one out before Martin worked his way out of trouble.

Tennessee Tech (19-5, 6-3 OVC) would break through for a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to go ahead by a 2-0 margin.

Cox’s double occurred with two outs in the top of the seventh, as he guided a 2-0 pitch down the left field line to give UT Martin its first hit of the contest. Upton was then hit by a pitch to bring the go-ahead run to the plate but the Skyhawks couldn’t convert.

Skubina allowed a hit with one away in the eighth but that was immediately erased as Douglas fired a strike to second base to catch the runner trying to stretch his single into a double. Jones kept the game at 2-0 after pitching around a leadoff walk in the eighth but the Skyhawks could not come up with a rally in the ninth.

UT Martin returns to play next weekend with a three-game home set against OVC rival Southeast Missouri on March 28-30.

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