Tiger Baseball Posts 3-2 Extra-Inning Win Over BYU
Feb. 22, 2007
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -
Senior Ben Grisham lifted a sacrifice fly to rightfield to bring home freshman Tyler Huelsing and give Memphis a 3-2, 10-inning win over BYU in the opening game of the 2007 Service Academies Spring Classic in Millington, Tenn.
Sophomore reliever Matt Yokley twice worked out of late-inning jams in 4.1 innings of shutout work to pick up the win. Yokley struck out five Cougar hitters and allowed just two hits. The Collierville, Tenn. native worked out of problems in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve a 2-2 tie.
Memphis, who was held to nine hits in the contest, took advantage of a critical BYU error in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Grisham hit a comebacker to BYU starter Jesse Craig. However, Craig was unable to get a handle on the ball, allowing Adam Amar to score the game's first run. Sophomore transfer Eric Farrell then grounded out to second base to plate Joey Lieberman for a 2-0 cushion.
Memphis starter Philip Utley held the BYU offense at bay, fanning five through 5.2 innings, but ran into trouble after hitting Leon Johnson to lead off the sixth, and then surrendering a game-tying RBI-double off the bat of Apana Nakayama. Utley gave up two runs on three hits in his 2007 debut.
The two squads battled evenly through the seventh, eighth and ninth frames, before Memphis pushed the eventual game-winner across in the 10th.
Lieberman and Grisham led the Tiger offense with two hits each.
Memphis will return to the diamond on Friday, when it takes on Akron at 4 p.m.