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Tigers down Skyhawks 7-4 in cross-state play

Memphis out-hits UTM 14-5 in bout in freezing temperatures Tuesday

Published (Volume 76, No. 25)

The Skyhawk baseball team suffered a disappointing loss to the visiting Memphis Tigers, Tuesday afternoon, 7-4.

The Skyhawks took their first lead in the bottom of the third, scoring second baseman Douglas Nicodemus, with center fielder Hunter Hart picking up the RBI.

The Tigers came right back and tied it up in the top of the fourth, scoring Adam Amar who reached base on an error.
The bottom of the fourth found the Skyhawks taking the lead again. Left fielder Adam Salter scored after first base Scott McLean grounded out to second.

The Tigers then put up two runs in the fifth, putting the score at 3-2.

Memphis scored one more run in the fifth and then had a three run seventh inning, making the score 7-2.

UTM tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the eighth.
With one out, Hart walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Second baseman Bryant Jones struck out to put the second out on the board. Salter and catcher Brett Spivey both walked to load the bases.

Right fielder Nick Luper singled to right, bringing in Hart and Salter, cutting the Tigers lead to 7-4. The inning ended with McLean striking out swinging. 

Six Tiger pitchers saw action during the game, striking out 10.
Picking up the victory was Zach Cook, who pitched two innings and only gave up one hit.

Comparitavely, only Three Skyhawks took the mound Tuesday.
Grabbing the loss was Justin Bryant (2-2), who allowed 12 hits, but walked none in six and a third innings.

The Skyhawks had four hits and four walked batters on the afternoon.

Spivey extended his hitting streak to seven games, going two for three at the plate.

Putting the four RBIs on the board for the Skyhawks were Hart, McLean, and Luper.

Tuesday’s loss puts the Skyhawk’s record at 4-8, (0-0 in the OVC).

They return to action Thursday when they travel to play in the Easton Challenge in Millington, Tenn.

There, they will be taking on Wake Forest, Western Illinois and Missouri.  Their first game starts Thursday, at 3 p.m.