Tullahoma, TN – The Vincennes University baseball team (1 – 3) lost two games Friday to Motlow State (2 – 2) by scores of 4 – 3 and 9 – 3.
Game 1 – The Trailblazers managed to out hit Motlow State nine to five but squandered several scoring opportunities. In the top of the 1st inning, with 1 out, freshman CF Tyler Estes (2-3, BB, RBI) singled. Freshman 3B Walker Paris (2-3, 2 2B, run scored) double placing runners at second and third. Sophomore 1B Jacob Harden (1-2, HBP) was hit by a pitch loading the bases. Sophomore 2B Jonathan Blackwell (0-3, SB) hit into an inning ending double play.
In the top of the 3rd inning, sophomore C Kyle Stuckey (1-2, double, run scored, sac bunt) lead off with a double. A bunt hit single by freshman DH Isaiah Davis (1-3, run scored, walk, 2 SB) placed runners at first and third. CF Tyler Estes singled to drive in Stuckey. In the top of the 5th Isaiah Davis walked, stole second and third, then scored on a throwing error by Motlow State’s catcher. In the top of the 6th inning Walker Paris double to lead off the inning and later scored on freshman SS Colton White’s (1-3, RBI) single, putting the Trailblazers ahead 3 – 2.
On the mound sophomore LHP Devan Franz threw 4 innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits. Franz also walked 2 and struck out 6. Freshman RHP Chase Gross (0 – 1) came on in relief, pitching 1.2 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, while also walking 3 and getting 2 strike outs. Gross took the loss for the Trailblazers. Freshman RHP Luke Lancaster relieved Gross and pitched 1 innings, giving up no hits.
Game 2 – A lack of pitching (7 walks and 1 HBP) and defense (5 errors) led to big innings by Motlow State who put up 4 runs in the first and third innings of play. Vincennes University allowed 9 runs in total, 4 of which were earned.
Offensively Vincennes only managed 3 runs that all came by home runs. The top of the third inning freshman 2B Isaiah Davis (1-4, run scored) reached first base on a fielder’s choice. With 2 outs, freshman 3B Walker Paris (1-3 HR, 2 RBI, run scored) hit a 2 RBI home run which cut the lead to 4 – 2 at the time. They only other offense came in the top of the 5th when freshman LF Tyler Estes (1-3, HR, RBI, run scored) hit a solo home run. Freshman SS Caleb Helms and 2B Isaiah Davis had the only other hits for the Trailblazers, both were singles.
On the mound, sophomore Jonathan Blackwell (0-1) started and took the loss, throwing 2.2 innings and allowing 6 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits. Blackwell walked 5 and struck out 1. Freshman RHP Jacob Cochrum came in relief pitching 1 inning allowing 2 runs (none earned) on 2 hits and 1 walk. Freshman RHP Walker Paris threw 4 innings allowing 0 runs on 2 hits. Freshman RHP Austin Walden threw the 5th inning allowing one run on a solo home run. Sophomore LHP Noah Phipps threw 0.2 innings, not allowing a run on 1 hit and 1 walk. Freshman Logan Hollingsworth pitching 0.1 innings, retiring the only batter he faced on a ground ball out.
Game 3 of the series vs. Motlow State was cancelled due to the forecast of rain on Saturday February 10th and will not be made up. The Trailblazers are scheduled to play a 3-game series at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN on Saturday February 17th, and Sunday the 18th.