Late-Innings Offense Powers Tiger Baseball to 2-1 Win Over Oklahoma
Feb. 24, 2006
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -
Oklahoma (7-3) 000 010 000 - 1 4 0 Memphis (2-0) 000 000 101 - 2 7 2
Adam Amar drove home Kyle Norrid on a two-out single to centerfield in the bottom of the ninth inning to propel Memphis to a 2-1 comeback win over Oklahoma in the 2006 Service Academies Spring Classic Friday evening.
"This was another good win for us" said head coach Daron Schoenrock. "The key to the game was our ability to turn the double play to get Scott (McGregor) out of some early jams. The middle of our lineup struggled early, but came up big in the late stages of the game."
In what proved to be an old-fashioned pitcher's dual between Tiger freshman Scott McGregor and Sooner senior Daniel McCutchen, Memphis used solid defense to hold the potent Oklahoma at bay through the first four innings. OU twice threatened to break the scoreless tie, but McGregor was able to induce a pair of double plays to work out of jams. McGregor struck out three, scattered three hits and allowed just one unearned run in his collegiate debut.
McCutchen (2-2) took the loss, but was solid for Oklahoma, no-hitting the Tigers through six innings before a single to leftfield by Michael Murray. McCutchen fanned 10 in a losing effort for the second time this year.
Murray led off the ninth with a single and Norrid followed with a double to centerfield. However Murray was picked off after making a wide turn at third, giving the Tigers two outs with Norrid on second. Amar stepped to the plate a drove the first pitch he saw to centerfield for the game-winner.
After the two early scoring threats, Oklahoma got on the board in the fifth frame on a sacrifice fly to deep left centerfield by Joseph Hughes.
The Tigers bounced back to score the equalizer in the seventh after Murray singled and advanced to second on Bill Moss' sacrifice bunt. Norrid singled to move him to third, and Amar drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
"We fought hard the whole game," Amar said. "Our pitching and defense kept us in it early and when we needed timely hitting in the late innings, we got it."
U of M reliever Drew Jaudon (1-0) earned the win after coming on in the seventh. The senior tossed held OU to just one hit and struck out two in three innings of relief.
Norrid again had a solid night, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Murray also collected two hits and scored a run.
Chuckie Caufield was only Oklahoma hitter to post multiple hits, finishing the night 2-for-4. The Sooners, who were held to just four hits, entered the night hitting .354 as a team.
The Tigers will take on Notre Dame tomorrow at 4 p.m.