MARTIN, Tenn. – Redshirt senior Alex Boshers delivered an inspired start this afternoon for the University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team but the offense came too late in a 5-1 loss to Eastern Illinois at Skyhawk Field.
UT Martin concludes the 2014 season with a 9-42 record and 5-25 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Boshers was joined alongside fellow seniors John Houston, Zack Malone, John Skubina and Phil Sorensen in an on-field pregame ceremony recognizing their career accomplishments at UT Martin.
A right-hander who had threw seven shutout innings earlier this month in a 4-0 win at Lipscomb, Boshers accounted for another quality start today. He yielded just three runs while fanning six batters over a season-high 7.1 innings, gutting his way through 123 pitches. The Nashville, Tenn. native allowed just one run through his first seven innings of work but fell to 1-4 on the season.
Taylor Douglas ended his remarkable junior season with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate, his 21st multi-hit performance of 2014. Andrew Massey (run scored) and Mikey Nantze (RBI) got the Skyhawks on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth with doubles to deep centerfield.
Boshers stranded a pair of Panthers on the basepaths in the first inning and got all three outs via groundballs in the top of the second.
Eastern Illinois (21-31-1, 15-14-1 OVC) broke the scoreless tie with an RBI groundout in the top of the third. Boshers bounced back with a nine-pitch scoreless fourth.
Boshers pitched around two more baserunners in the fifth to keep the score at 1-0. He then picked up a pair of strikeouts during a perfect sixth inning and left two more Eastern Illinois baserunners stranded in a shutout seventh.
The first four Panthers reached base in the top of the eighth and two runs came around to score before Houston needed only five pitches to get two outs and strand the bases loaded.
In the top of the eighth, Massey crushed a 1-1 pitch for a one-out double over the centerfielder’s head. Two batters later, Nantze ripped a 2-1 offering for another double over the centerfielder’s head, plating Massey and making the score 3-1.
A pair of errors led to two unearned runs for Eastern Illinois in the top of the ninth. Douglas would reach base on a single in the bottom of the ninth but Panther starting pitcher Joe Greenfield went the distance, capping off his complete game effort with a flyout and groundout to end the contest.