CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.
– Southeast Missouri baseball (8-7, 1-3) defeated UT Martin (7-8, 0-4) at Capaha Field Friday evening, 14-1, for its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season.
The Redhawks scattered 10 hits in the 14-run affair. Dan Holst
, Tristen Gagan
, and Danny Wright
all recorded two hits for Southeast in the game. Gagan powered the offense with four RBI while Holst drove in three. Wright hit his first career home run and scored a season-high three runs.
improved to 3-2 on the mound with a six-inning outing Friday. Chandler allowed UTM's lone run on six hits. He fanned five and walked one.
Relievers Blaze Hastings
and Joey Burris
combined for the final three innings, allowing just one hit.
For the second game in a row and only the fifth time this season, Southeast scored first. It was only the third time in 2017 in which Southeast scored in the opening stanza.
was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the first then moved into scoring position with his second stolen base of the season. Holst drove Evans in on a liner shot into left center, putting SEMO up 1-0 in the first.
The Redhawks put up a six spot in the second inning to open a 7-0 lead on the Skyhawks. The frame began when Chris Caffrey
blasted a home run, his first as a Redhawk, to right field. Three walks issued to the Redhawks loaded the bases with one out. Holst drew the bases-loaded walk to push in a run, 3-0. Gagan doubled the Redhawk lead with a three-run triple to center, clearing the bases. Kylar Robertson
followed with a triple of his own to score Gagan and put SEMO up by seven.
The third inning began with Wright hitting a home run to left, the first of his collegiate career. Chris Osborne
was hit by a pitch then scored all the way from first on a double ripped down the right field line by Holst, adding to the lead, 9-0.
With Wright on second, his third time on base in the game, Connor Basler
lined a ball off the pitcher Sam Folks whose throw to first was wild, allowing Wright to score and putting Basler on third. Basler immediately scored on a wild pitch to make it an 11-0 game.
UT Martin got on the board in the top of the sixth inning with its lone run. Anthony Adduci reached on a two-out single then scored on a double off the bat of Daniel Kerwin to erase the shutout, 11-1.
Southeast tacked on a couple more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on RBI hits by Osborne and Gagan to widen the lead to 13-1.
SEMO concluded the scoring when Kyle Bottger
scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Michael Berra
in the eighth inning. It was the first career RBI for Berra, a redshirt-freshman.
Seven different Skyhawks combined for their seven total hits in the game.
Southeast Missouri and UT Martin will play game two of the series Saturday at 2 p.m. A special St. Patrick's Day tailgate will be sponsored by Premier Physical Therapy and Kohlfeld Distributing.