Joey Lieberman's 10th-inning Home Run Gives Tiger Baseball 7-6 Win over Notre Dame
Feb. 25, 2006
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -
Memphis (3-0) 000 003 101 2 - 7 12 3 Notre Dame (2-1) 122 000 000 1 - 6 7 1
Junior pinch-hitter Joey Lieberman made his first Division I at-bat a memorable one, lifting the first pitch he saw over the left centerfield wall to give Memphis a 7-6 10-inning win over Notre Dame, Saturday evening in the 2006 Service Academies Spring Classic. Memphis improves to 3-0 on the year--its best start since 2001.
The Tigers trailed 5-0 through five innings, but got offensive productive late in the game for the second consecutive outing. With the score knotted at 5-5, junior second baseman Bill Moss got the U of M 10th innings started with a double to the right centerfield gap. With two outs Lieberman stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter and wasted no time completing the Memphis comeback with the two-run blast.
Petersen was not through for the night as he came to the plate with two outs in the top of the ninth with Memphis trailing by a run and Grisham on second base. Petersen lined an RBI-double to left centerfield to tie the game.
Memphis struggled in nearly every facet of the game early on. The Tigers were shutout through five innings and committed three errors that helped the Irish jump out to the five-run cushion. Notre Dame scored a single run in the first, and followed with two tallies in the second and third frames each. UND cut the Tiger lead to one run, at 7-6, on a two-out single to right by Matt Bransfield. On the play, Memphis right fielder Grisham was unsuccessful in a sliding attempt to catch the shallow fly ball. However, he managed to collect the ball at throw Bransfield out at second to end the game.
Petersen and Goss had three hits and two RBI each for the Tigers. Moss had two hits and scored two runs. Memphis out hit Notre Dame 12-7
The Tigers will host Navy to determine the Classic's champion. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. Due to the Naval Academy's travel constraints the game will be played at Nat Buring Stadium.