March 29, 2014

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team received three hits and three RBI’s out of junior outfielder Taylor Douglas this evening but the Skyhawks fell 9-3 to Southeast Missouri.

The UT Martin pitching staff notched a season-best 10 strikeouts tonight, as Dalton Potts fanned five over four innings and Alex Boshers dialed up five strikeouts over five frames. Potts (five earned runs in four innings) was charged with the loss while Boshers conceded just two earned runs on four hits in a solid relief outing.

Offensively, Max Balter, Drew Erie and Chase Young all scored runs tonight for UT Martin (3-21, 2-9 Ohio Valley Conference).

Potts kept the Redhawks off the scoreboard in the first two innings, retiring the side in order in the second.

Southeast Missouri then tallied three runs in the top of the third but Potts recovered with a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless fourth. The first three Redhawks reached base in the fifth and Southeast Missouri would eventually take advantage of a pair of Skyhawk errors to extend its lead to 7-0.

UT Martin cut into its deficit in the bottom half of the inning. Balter (fielder’s choice) and Erie (Southeast Missouri error) both reached base while Young drew a five-pitch walk to load the bases with two outs. Douglas then battled back from an 0-2 count to shoot a double into the gap in left center that cleared the bases and made the score 7-3.

Boshers pitched around a leadoff hit by pitch to post a scoreless sixth. He then needed just nine pitches to retire the side in order in the seventh.

The Redhawks would tack on two more runs in the top of the eighth but it appeared as if UT Martin would get back in the game in the bottom half of the inning. Douglas’ leadoff single was followed by back-to-back walks issued to Taylor Cox and Kenny King to load the bases with no outs. However, Southeast Missouri escaped the inning with its same 9-3 advantage.

Boshers was electric in the ninth, striking out the side. However, the Skyhawks could not cut into their deficit in their final at-bat.

The third and final game of the series is set to take place on Sunday, March 30 at 1 p.m. at Skyhawk Field. The game was originally scheduled to be broadcasted live on the OVC Digital Network but the Skyhawk softball doubleheader will now be streamed, free of charge.

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