Three Home Runs, Solid Pitching Lift Tigers Over SIUE, 11-2
Feb. 18, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Seven shutout innings by Dan Langfield and three, three-run homers propelled the University of Memphis baseball team to its first victory of the season as the Tigers knocked off SIU-Edwardsville 11-2 at FedExPark on Saturday.
The Tigers added another run in the third with a sacrifice fly by T.J. Rich to take a 4-0 lead. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for Memphis with no outs in the inning. After a strikeout, Rich stood in and flew out to right-center allowing McClain to score from third. A third walk in the inning loaded the bases again for the Tigers, but Memphis could not plate more runs.
A one-out error spurred a four-run fourth inning for the U of M. Gross reached on the error and advanced to third on a single through the right side by McClain. Wilson registered his first RBI of the season with a single through the left side to increase the lead to 5-0. With runners on the corners and two outs, Derrick Thomas belted the first pitch in his at-bat over the left field fence for his second career homer and three RBI giving Memphis an 8-0 lead.
Langfield faced some trouble in the second after a one-out single and a walk put SIUE runners on first and second. Langfield worked out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout. Following the second inning jam, Langfield retired nine consecutive batters before the Cougars second baseman James Vazquez led off the sixth with a double. Langfield worked for three consecutive outs to strand the runner in scoring position.
SIU-Edwardsville got on the board in the eighth with runs off a RBI single by Matt Highland and another run on a balk by Michael Wills. With runners on first and second and two outs, Jonathan Van Eaton was summoned from the pen and he struck out the first batter he faced to keep the Tigers ahead by an 8-2 margin.
The Tiger starter finished the day with his seventh career quality start as he pitched seven innings, allowed two hits and walked two. Langfield recorded seven strikeouts, the eighth start he has had six or more punch outs.
Gross, Wilson and Thomas finished the day with multi-hit performances as the Tiger offense outhit the Cougars 11-5 on the game. Memphis improves to 85-132 under head coach Daron Schoenrock following a loss. The Tigers committed no errors in back-to-back games for the first time since the May 14 and May 15 games at Rice in the 2011 season. Memphis hit three home runs in a game for the first time since the Kennesaw State game on Feb. 27 of 2011. The Tigers ended a 17-game streak without scoring 10 or more runs with the 11 runs scored on Saturday.
Player of the Game - Jacob Wilson
Pitcher of the Game - Dan Langfield
Memphis and SIUE battle for the series victory on Sunday at FedExPark. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.