Langfield's 16 K's Lift Memphis Over Kennesaw State 5-4
Feb. 25, 2011
KENNESAW, Ga. - Sophomore pitcher Dan Langfield struck out 16 batters to lead Memphis (4-1) to a 5-4 series opening win over Kennesaw State (5-1) on Friday at Stillwell Stadium.
Langfield's 16 K's are the second most in school history and tops his career-high six strikeouts against Portland on March 8, 2010. Langfield pitched seven and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and four runs.
An Adam McClain RBI-single to left center gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning. McClain earned his third RBI of the season and third baseman Jacob Wilson scored on the play after being hit by a pitch.
After back-to-back singles led to two runs in the bottom half of the first, Langfield settled in by striking out the side in the bottom of the second. He then retired 16 of 19 batters over the course of five and two-thirds.
The Tigers tied the game in the fourth with an RBI-single by Chad Zurcher. A Phillip Chapman RBI-single in the sixth gave Memphis a 3-2 lead. The Tigers scratched across two runs in eighth as Kennesaw State issued three walks, hit two batters and had two wild pitches in the inning.
A two-out eighth-inning rally by the Owls led to two runs and chased Langfield from the game. Langfield recorded his 16th strikeout of the game for the first out of the inning and a fly out to left field put two outs on the board.
Junior closer Ben Paullus entered the game with two outs in the inning after Kennesaw State hit an RBI-double off of Tiger freshman pitcher Erik Schoenrock. Paullus struck out the first batter he faced to end the threat and got the final three outs in the ninth for his second save of the season.
Zurcher led the Tiger offense with two hits and seven other Memphis batters recorded singles. Every batter in the Memphis lineup reached base in the game as the Tigers posted nine hits, walked eight times and were hit by a pitch twice.
Josh Carr suffered the loss for Kennesaw State on the mound as he pitched four and two-thirds innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits. Carr walked five and struck out four.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday for game two of the three-game set. First pitch is slated for noon.