Kennesaw State Tops Memphis 11-7
Feb. 24, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Kennesaw State pounded out 13 hits and topped the University of Memphis baseball team 11-7 in the series opener on Friday at FedExPark. Kennesaw State improves to 3-2 while the Tigers drop to 1-3.
Back-to-back singles by Ethan Gross and Adam McClain got the Tigers offense going in the first frame. Gross later advanced to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a passed ball to give Memphis a 1-0 lead after the first.
Kennesaw State struck for three runs in the third to grab a 3-1 lead. The Owls got two-out singles from Andy Almonte and Aaron Dobbs to tie the game and leave runners on first and second. Ronnie Freeman hit a two-out double to deep centerfield to plate two more runs in the frame.
Memphis answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-3 lead.
McClain started the rally with a one-out single and a walk and hit batter loaded the bases for Derrick Thomas. Thomas delivered an infield single to drive in the Tigers second run and a wild pitch allowed Jacob Wilson to score. T.J. Rich doubled down the right field line to drive in two more runs in the inning.
The Owls added three runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to gain a 10-5 lead. Jordan Craft hit a two RBI double to left field to plate two runs and later scored on a Memphis error. In the fifth, a three-run home run by Will Howard increased the lead to 9-5 and a Max Pentecost hit an RBI-single to drive in another.
Pentecost was thrown out at the plate by McClain to end the top half of the fifth. Andy Chriscaden drove in the Owls 11th run of the night with a sacrifice fly. After Howard reached via walk, Peyton Hart singled to left field, but McClain fielded quickly and the Tigers threw out Howard at the plate to keep the scored at 11-5.
After Kennesaw State retired 14 of the Tigers next 15 batters following the four run third, Memphis tallied two runs in the eighth to cut the deficit to 11-7, but a bases loaded strikeout helped the Owls out of the jam. Tucker Tubbs, making his first career start, record his first hit and RBI with a single to left to drive in Thomas.
Pinch-hitter Carter White singled up the middle to drive in the Tigers seventh tally of the night.
Kennesaw State starter Josh Carr earned the victory on the hill, allowing five runs, four earned on seven hits in five innings of work. Clayton Gant was tagged with the loss as he allowed nine runs, eight earned, on seven hits in four innings on the mound.
The Owls out-hit the Tigers 13-10 on the game and five Kennesaw State players had multiple hits. Gross and McClain led the Memphis offense with two hits each.
Player of the Game: T.J. Rich
Pitcher of the Game: Patrick Bailey
Memphis looks to even the series as Dan Langfield (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will be opposed by Steve Janas (0-0, 0.00 ERA). First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at FedExPark.