PULASKI, Tenn. - Martin Methodist baseball picked up two wins on Saturday, including a 7-4 victory in the first game, and a 9-6 win in the fourth and final game of the series with University of St. Francis. Josh Brown picked up the win in the first game, throwing in relief for Brock Glass, while Steven Dodson went the distance in the second game win.
Matt Franklin had an all-around performance in the first contest, going 2-for-3 with a double and a homerun, while Nick Flanagan launched two long balls in the second game.
The RedHawks put a single run on the board during the second and third innings, while St. Francis added one in the top of the fourth to cut the lead in half, 2-1. MMC extended the lead again with a run in the bottom of the frame, but in the top of the fifth, the RedHawks found themselves in trouble as the Cougars put up a three spot that gave them a 4-3 lead.
Franklin then led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, eventually scoring on Matt Thomas's single to even the score. Silencing the Cougar bats from the hill was Josh Brown for the sixth and seventh innings, and MMC made their final move in the sixth, scoring three runs on two hits, an error and three walks to finalize the 7-4 win.
The teams did not let up in the second game of the day, as St. Francis put three on the board early in the second inning. The RedHawks did not falter, however, as Flanagan led off the bottom of the inning with his first homerun of the game, a solo shot to straightaway center. MMC would go on to score three more, drawing two walks and two hit-by-pitches across the inning for a 4-3 advantage.
St. Francis evened the score to 4-4 in the top of the fourth, and in the bottom of the inning, MMC poured on the runs. Jonathan Byrd led off the inning, reaching base as a hit batter, and moved to second on Justin McQueen's single. Franklin bunted both runners over into scoring position and Byrd scored on Glint Gobbell's ground out. Rob Holley and Thomas would then lace back-to-back singles as McQueen would score on Holley's hit, putting two on for Flanagan. The junior dropped his second bomb of the day over the right-centerfield wall, giving MMC a 9-4 lead.
St. Francis's single runs on the sixth and seventh innings would not be enough, as MMC held tight to their lead for the final 9-6 score.
The RedHawks host St. Catharine College on Tuesday, February 21st and Point Park University on Friday, February 24th, as the improve their record to 6-6 so far this season.