Langfield Throws Eight Shutout Innings in Tigers 5-0 Win over Kennesaw State
Feb. 25, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dan Langfield tossed eight shutout innings and struck out 11 as the University of Memphis baseball team shutout Kennesaw State 5-0 on Saturday at FedExPark. The Tigers improve to 2-3 on the year while Kennesaw State drops to 3-3.
Langfield pitched the first five innings without Kennesaw State advancing a runner to scoring position and no Owls leadoff hitter reached until the eighth inning. In the seventh, a one out single and Memphis error put Kennesaw State runners on first and second with one out. Langfield forced Max Pentecost to ground into the inning-ending double play to get out of the jam unscathed.
Kennesaw State benefited from a dropped third strike to start the eighth inning and Ethan Herron advanced to second on passed ball. Andy Almonte singled up the middle to put runners on the corners with nobody out, but Langfield settled in and struck out Aaaron Dobbs for the first out. Memphis shortstop Ethan Gross made a diving grab on a liner at short for the second out of the inning and Langfield ended the frame with his 11th strikeout of the afternoon.
Two Kennesaw State errors and a wild pitch helped Memphis to the first tally in the game. Gross hit a grounder to short that was misplayed and advanced to second on an error by the Owl first baseman on the pickoff attempt. Gross advanced to third on a wild pitch and a walk to Adam McClain put runners on the corners with no outs. Jacob Wilson grounded into a double play, but Gross scored to give Memphis the 1-0 lead.
The Tigers tacked on another run in the third on a RBI groundout by McClain. Zach Willis led off the frame with a double down the right field line. Gross executed the sacrifice bunt to advance Willis to third for McClain. McClain grounded out to shortstop to allow Willis to score and the Tigers grabbed the 2-0 lead.
Memphis added two runs in the fifth to open a 4-0 lead. Ford Wilson led off the inning with a double down the right field line and Willis laid down the sacrifice bunt attempt, but Willis beat the throw to first to put Tiger base runners on the corners with no outs. Gross registered his first RBI of the season with a single through the right side to drive in Wilson. With one out, Jacob Wilson hit a sacrifice fly to plate Willis for the second tally of the inning.
Jacob Wilson led off the bottom of the eight with a single to left, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Kennesaw State. Eli Hynes singled through the right side to record the RBI as Jacob Wilson scored on the play.
Willis led the Tiger offense with a 2-for-2 day at the plate and two runs score. Six other Tigers recorded hits as Memphis out-hit Kennesaw State 8-5 on the afternoon.
Pitcher of the Game: Dan Langfield (RHP)
Player of the Game: Zach Willis
The rubber match of the series is slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday at FedExPark.