MARTIN, Tenn., (3-27-2007) - The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (7-15, 0-3) scored five runs in the first inning, led 7-0 after three, and Arkansas State (10-16, 3-6) never threatened as the Indians suffered an 8-3 loss Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Skyhawk Field.
The Skyhawks took a 1-0 lead when senior designated hitter Albert Destrade delivered an RBI single in the first, then made it 5-0 on a grand slam from right fielder Bryce Carden later in the inning.
A sacrifice fly from first baseman Scott McLain drove in a run for Tennessee-Martin in the second, and the Skyhawks added another in the third on an RBI single from shortstop Shayne Martin to extend the lead to 7-0.
A home run from Skyhawk third baseman Doug Nicodemus stretched the lead to 8-0 in the seventh before ASU got on the board with a solo home run from catcher Drew Rogers in the eighth.
The Indians' final runs came on a two-run homer from senior designated hitter Josh Yates in the ninth, extending the preseason All-American's hitting streak to 22 games dating back to the 2006 season.
The loss overshadowed a strong pitching performance from true freshman Zach Skaggs. Skaggs came to the mound in the second in relief of junior starter Pete Pasternak, and pitched six complete innings, giving up two runs on four hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.
Pasternak (0-4) took the loss for the Indians, giving up six runs on five hits, with a pair of walks and a strikeout in one inning of work. Redshirt freshman Jack McGrath pitched the final inning for Arkansas State, giving up no runs on no hits, with no strikeouts and no walks.
Senior Jacob Smothers (1-3) picked up the win for Tennessee-Martin, holding ASU to three runs on seven hits, with a walk and four strikeouts in eight full innings of work. Junior Travis Webb pitched the final inning for the Skyhawks.
Rogers and senior Tyler Doke led the Indians at the plate with two hits each, with Yates, Guy Brown, and Brandon Eller adding one hit each.
Arkansas State will return to action Friday night when they travel to Boca Raton, Fla., for a weekend Sun Belt Conference series against Florida Atlantic. Friday and Saturday's games are scheduled for 6 p.m. central time, while Sunday's game is set for noon, central time. Florida Atlantic was 18-10 overall and 2-7 in Sun Belt play heading into Tuesday's action.