Memphis Offense Continues to Roll; Sweeps Evansville with 17-6 Romp
Feb. 20, 2011Photo Gallery
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Evansville (0-3) 002 101 101 - 6 13 3 Memphis (3-0) 417 010 13x - 17 18 1
The Memphis offense connected for 18 hits, including 11 extra base hits, en route to a 17-6 shellacking of Evansville, Sunday afternoon at FedExPark. The Tigers plated four runs in the first inning and led 12-2 after three, on its way to a season-opening sweep of the Purple Aces.
All eight of Memphis's position starters collected hits, while six finished the day with multiple hits. The Tigers, who scored 38 runs on 47 hits in the first three games of the season, were led by Drew Martinez's big day. The junior went 3-for-5 and accounted for seven runs (four runs scored and three RBI). Eli Hynes and Adam McClain each posted three hits, while juco transfer T.J. Rich drove in a team-best four runs.
As it did in the first two contests, the Memphis offense got going quickly after Martinez roped a double to lead off the first inning. Hynes put the Tigers on the board with his second home run of the year, a two-run blast to rightcenter. Following a double by McClain, Rich got in on the action, lifting a two-run shot over the wall in left-centerfield for a 4-0 Memphis lead. The round-tripper was Rich's first as a Tiger. The Tigers scored 13 runs in the opening inning this weekend.
Sophomore catcher J.D. Wallace legged out a triple and scored on a sac fly by Martinez to put Memphis on top 5-0 in the second.
Evansville kept it close with two runs in the third, but the Tiger put the contest away with a seven-run answerback inning. Consecutive doubles by Hynes, McClain and Rich resulted in three runs. Bryan Picou added a fourth double to make it 9-2. The Tigers took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Aces' infield to cross two more scores and Jacob Wilson added an RBI-single for a 10-run lead.
With the game in hand, 14-5, the Tigers tacked on three runs in the eighth on an RBI-single by Martinez and a two-run triple off the bat of Zurcher. Evansville plated a single tally in the ninth for the 17-6 final.
In his Memphis debut, sophomore Clayton Gant struggled with control, but managed to hold Evansville to two runs on four hits in three innings. The right-hander struck out three, but walked five.
After Gant, six U of M pitchers worked at least one inning, with Michael Wills tossing 1.1 shutout innings to earn his first collegiate victory. Freshmen Blake Myers, Sam Moll and Erik Schoenrock all saw their first action at the college level. Senior Dane Sharp worked a scoreless eighth and juco transfer Tyler Farley closed the game out.
Memphis will now look ahead to a Tues., Feb. 22, showdown at Ole Miss. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.