Tiger Baseball Shutout by Ohio State, 1-0
Feb. 23, 2008
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -
Ohio State (2-0) 100 000 000 - 1 8 2 Memphis (0-2) 000 000 000 - 0 3 0
Memphis pitchers Marc Ashley and Will Hudgens combined to strikeout eight and hold Ohio to just one run, but for the second time in as many outings, the Tiger offense was stagnate as the Buckeye limited them to just three hits in a 1-0 shutout on Saturday afternoon at the 2008 Service Academies Spring Classic.
Memphis (0-2) was unable to solve the OSU pitching duo of J.B. Shuck and Alex Wimmers. The pair fanned 14 Tigers, with Shuck sitting down nine in six innings to pick up the win. Wimmers came on to work the remainder of the tilt, and struck out five to earn the save. The two faced just one batter over the minimum from the fifth to ninth innings.
A talented Tiger pitching staff was again tagged with a tough loss despite strong appearances. Ashley (0-1) gave up the lone run of the game in the opening frame, but then settled in to hold the Buckeyes scoreless until handing the ball over to Hudgens in the sixth. The sophomore scattered seven hits and struck out five in five innings. Hudgens, a dual athlete standout, struck out three and gave up just one hit in a four-inning appearance.
Leadoff hitter Cory Kovanda plated Ohio State's lone score in the first after lining a single to leftfield. He advanced to second a groundball out, and then scored on a single by Ryan Dew.
That lead would hold up as Memphis was unable to get a clutch hit. The Tigers were able to get just three runners as far as second base. Tyler Huelsing (first inning), Chad Zurcher (third inning) and Brett Bowen (ninth inning) were the only three U of M hitters to hit safely.
Ohio State was led by Justin Miller's three hits, representing the only player in the game to post multiple hits.
Memphis will now attempt to get in the win column on Sunday afternoon, when they play host to Air Force. The game, that was originally scheduled to be played in Millington, will now be play at Nat Buring Stadium to accommodate the Air Force Academy's travel plans. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Sunday's affair will be the debut of Tiger Baseball on WUMR FM 91.7. Listen as "The Voice" of Tiger Baseball, Jeff Brightwell brings the live play-by-play action.