Memphis Baseball Rides Strong Pitching to 4-2 Win Against Akron
Feb. 23, 2007
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -
Akron (0-1) 000 000 002 - 2 7 1 Memphis (2-1) 002 000 11X - 4 7 0
Tigers starter Lance Scoggins combined with junior reliever Mark Doll to hold Akron scoreless through seven innings, and senior closer Ben Grisham nailed down his first save of the season as Memphis defeated Akron 4-2 in the Service Academies Spring Classic in Millington, Tenn.
Doll came on in relief of Scoggins, who had control problems early. Scoggins held the Zips hitless, but walked four in 2.1 innings. Doll, who earned his first win as a Tiger, faced the minimum through 3.2 innings of relief and finished his U of M debut with four strikeouts. Grisham struck out a pair in a two innings.
Memphis got on the board in the third inning after Will Petersen drew a one-out walk and Adam Amar drove a double to the right centerfield gap to bring Petersen home for a 1-0 lead. Joey Lieberman followed with an RBI-single through the left side to put the Tigers up 2-0.
The Tigers took advantage of a wild pitch to score and make it 3-0 in the seventh, and Josh Irvin doubled to the rightfield corner to score Lieberman for the Tigers final tally of the night. Lieberman was the lone Memphis hitter to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Tigers look to clinch their first Service Academies title since 1996 on Saturday, when they take on Missouri. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at USA Stadium.