Inexperienced Tigers Fall to Seton Hall, 3-1, in Season-Opener
Feb. 22, 2008
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -
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Memphis got a strong Opening Day start from junior Scott McGregor, but its bats were silenced by a combined 12 strikeouts from a trio of Seton Hall pitchers in a 3-1 season-opening loss in the 2008 Service Academies Spring Classic at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.
"We're gonna have some growing-up pains," said Memphis coach Daron Schoenrock. "We missed some opportunities offensively, and we made a couple of mistake defensively. But all in all, I really like this club."
An inexperienced squad, Memphis's position starter combined for just 79 total Division I starts, with 41 of those starts coming from catcher Chris Kirkland last year. The Tiger newcomers were just 4-for-19 in the game.
McGregor (0-1) put forth one of his better collegiate outings, fanning five and holding Seton Hall to just two unearned runs in six innings of work. However, a pair of errors allowed Seton Hall to score two runs, including the tie-breaking second run in the sixth inning, thus saddling McGregor with a tough loss.
Memphis, who was held to six hits in the game, posted two of those base knocks in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Tyler Huelsing legged out an infield hit and moved to second on a passed ball to set up an RBI single off the bat of freshman Robby Graham. The hit and RBI was Graham's first in his first collegiate at-bat.
The Pirates answered back immediately in the top of the second. Greg Miller led the inning off with a single and later scored on a Tiger error.
The Pirates plated a third tally off of reliever Neil Schenk. SHU first baseman Tim McCann lined Schenk's first offering into the leftfield corner for a leadoff double and then put the Pirates ahead 3-1 when he scored on a single to centerfield by Matt Smedberg. Schenk was solid in three innings, giving up one run and allowing just three hits. He struck out four, including fanning the side in the ninth.
Meanwhile, Seton Hall starter Corey Young cruised through five innings, striking out eight and scattering five hits. The southpaw struck out the side in the third and fanned two in both the fourth and fifth innings before giving way to Chris McGlynn. McGlynn held Memphis scoreless in three innings. Greg Miller then struck out the side in the ninth to pick up the save.
Memphis, who started four newcomers, was paced by Graham's two hits. Seton Hall got two hits from Mark Pappas and Dan Lopez.
The Tigers will now look ahead to a meeting with Ohio State tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.