Tiger Baseball Unable to Overcome Bradley's Fast Start, Falls 5-1
Feb. 21, 2009
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -
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University of Memphis freshman centerfielder Drew Martinez posted his second consecutive multiple-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with two doubles, but the rest of the Tiger offense managed just three hits in a 5-1 loss to Bradley Saturday evening in the 21st Service Academies Spring Classic.
After having its 11 a.m. contest versus Air Force canceled and waiting out the inclement weather the remainder of the day, the Tigers and Braves hit the field just minutes before 5 p.m.
"You hope you have prepared your players for situations like this, where you have to adapt" said head coach Daron Schoenrock. "But they took advantage of a couple of misplays on our part, and their pitchers did a great job of keeping our hitters in check. That's a good, veteran team that will be a factor in the Missouri Valley Conference."
Bradley got out of the gates quickly, using a hit batsman, a single and a fielding error by the Tiger outfield to put runners on second and third with no outs. Back-to-back groundball outs produced a pair of runs before Adam Kimball lined a single to rightfield and Jim Clayton launched an RBI-double of the right centerfield wall to make it 3-0 just six batters into the home half of the first inning.
Memphis cut into the Bradley lead in the third after Martinez legged out his second double of the night. Chad Zurcher reached on an infield error and Adam McClain and Trey Wiedman both worked walks. Wiedman's free pass came with the bases loaded to bring Martinez home. That would be all Memphis could muster offensively, as Bradley starter Collin Brennan induced a bases-loaded, inning-ending double play to put the Tigers' threat to rest.
Bradley answered with a run of its own in the third and Tommy Fitzgerald blasted a solo shot over the right centerfield wall for the 5-1 final.
After giving up three runs in the first, Tigers starter Ryan Fraser settled down and limited the Braves to just one run over the next 3.2 innings. However, the damage was done as he took the loss. Ryan Holland came on in relief and gave up one run on one hit in 3.1 innings.
"Ryan Fraser, had a couple of breaks go against him early," said Schoenrock. "But he settled in pretty well after that. I was really impressed with Ryan Holland. He's a guy we're converting from starter to something of a reliever, and he came in and got several key lefties."
Brandon Stevens earned the win after coming on in the fifth inning and holding Memphis scoreless for 1.2 innings. Jacob Booden shut the Tigers out in the final three stanzas to pick up the save.
The Tigers will wrap up the weekend's action with a rematch Kansas at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.