The Bulls were outscored 26-3 last week but the good news is that the run they did score came after 22 innings of tinkering. And then they scored some more just a few innings later. It's a young team that looked ill-prepared. For many it was their first division one baseball experience and it showed.
This weekend they head to Martin Tennessee to take on the UTM Skyhawks.
The Skyhawks split four games against Jacksonville last week relying on their bats to get those wins. Tanner Wessling hit two home runs and his runs batted in accounted for just 9 of the 37 runs UTM put up in four games. That's an impressive output for a team that was picked to finish last in the Ohio Valley Conference.
On the mound the Skyhawks have a weapon in Patrick Bernard. In Bernard’s debut season as a Skyhawk, the 6-1, 190-pound right-hander ranked second in the OVC in saves (eight, a UT Martin single-season and career record), fifth in games finished (14) and sixth in appearances (25) in 2015.
Last weekend he got a start, leading his team to a win.
UB's offense will hopefully improve off their dismal output from this past weekend. Mike Abrunzo, Ben Vey, Chris Kwitzer, Vinny Mallaro, and Ben Haefner each showed some decent promise but they never seemed to do it at the same time, leading to a deluge of runners left on base.
On the mound UB is so young it's hard to guess who the starters will be. JUCO transfer Brandon Mumaw had the best showing, I'd expect he gets another chance but after that only Alec Tuohy pitched better than the Bulls average ERA of 7.92