FLORENCE, Alabama – Four combined hits, three total RBIs and a two-run homer in the top of the 8and of the combination of Ethan Whitley and Alec Beman weren’t enough for the University of Tennessee baseball team’s comeback attempts at Martin against North Alabama on the road Saturday afternoon, unable to withstand a 6-0 UNA flurry halfway through of the contest that ultimately led to a 7-3 decision to tie the three-game series at one win apiece.
Less than 24 hours after a strong showing in Game 1 — a 12-on-11 hit featurette for a nine-run win — the Skyhawks found it a bit more difficult to get players around base pads in Game 2. part, taking the loss despite a 9 -7 edge in the hitting department. Designated hitter Jack Culumovic and first-time starter Luck Merithew added two more doubles to try and help UTM’s cause to no avail.
left-handed student Lawson Russell won the starting job for the third straight weekend in Game 2, tossing the first three frames before a crowd of relief from Noah Walters, Tucker Reed, Eli Martinand Warren Lee. The sophomore pitcher from Decatur, Alabama allowed the Lions just one hit on two earned runs and three Ks.
Coming out for a 3/4 batting effort yesterday as a major part of the Skyhawks’ order, Beaman showed up again at shortstop with two more connections and the game’s first RBI, performing top of 2n/a with a hit that drove the second baseman Hunter McLean.
Never trailing at any time against North Alabama in the first outing of the weekend, UT Martin then found themselves in that unfamiliar position later in the same inning, giving up the top two of what ended up being six scores consecutive games that put the game at risk.
Breathe new life into the order with his second home run of the young season in the 8andWhitley’s shot in front of the wall quickly cut a four-point hole in half at 6-3 by also scoring the pinched runner Tanner Park with just a single recorded output. UTM has hit 11 long balls in nine outings so far this year.
Unfortunately for the visitors, two of the next three batters dropped to retire the order, ending the Skyhawks’ hopes of a late rally with another North Alabama run added shortly after to put a button on the result of four points.
While hitting wasn’t necessarily the issue for UT Martin on Saturday, leaving runners stranded proved to be an itch more often left unattended as the Skyhawks stranded 10 players throughout the series loss at midpoint. -path.
Throwing seven innings to take the win for UNA, Will Haberstock reflected Rhett Fetner from Friday’s duel that sends both teams into Sunday’s final vying for the tiebreaker. The first pitch in Florence tomorrow at the end of the weekend is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. in the last of UT Martin’s seven games across the state of Alabama.