Navy Outlasts Memphis Baseball, 7-6 in Service Academies Classic Title Game
Feb. 26, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Navy (8-2-1) 000 500 011 - 7 12 2 Memphis (3-1) 000 103 110 - 6 10 3
Memphis came back from a 5-0 deficit, but in the end was unable to complete the comeback as the Tigers fell to Navy, 7-6, in the championship game of the 2006 Service Academies Spring Classic. Memphis drops its first contest of the season after a 3-0 start and finishes as runners-up in the 2006 SASC.
"You have to give Navy credit," said head coach Daron Schoenrock. "They swung the bats well and deserved to win. I am anxious to see how our guys respond to their first loss. Overall this was a great weekend and I'm excited about what our team can be."
Navy broke a scoreless tie with a five-run fifth inning that was highlighted by a three-run homerun over the right centerfield wall by Jared Munde. Munde, who garnered SASC MVP honors, was 1-for-5 with a run and three RBI.
Memphis began to chip away at the lead with an RBI-single by Adam Amar in the fourth inning. Three runs in the sixth cut the deficit to 5-4. Amar followed a walk by Kyle Norrid with a single and DH Robbie Goss came through with a single through the left side to start the rally. An RBI-single off the bat of K.K. Chalmers made it 5-3 and a run-scoring groundout by Ben Grisham cut the difference to one run.
Memphis pulled even in the seventh when Will Petersen led off the frame with a single. Senior Jordan Tolliver followed with a bunt single that rolled along the third base foul line and into the bag for a single. Norrid reached on a fielding error to load the sacks for Amar, who came through with a sacrifice fly to center.
Navy posted a two-out run in the eighth, and Memphis answered with the equalizer on an RBI-single through the left side by Cory Barton.
The Midshipmen again produced the clutch-hit in the ninth as pinch hitter Jack Ferrick's two-out single to right drove home the eventual game-winning score.
Thomas Hamilton led the Navy attack with a 4-for-5 outing. Michael Garcia also had multiple hits, going 2-for-4. Memphis got two hits each from Tolliver, Amar and Goss.
For the first time this year, the Tigers were out hit, as Navy touched U of M pitching for 12 hits. However the Memphis defense did not help the cause, committing three errors that led to three unearned runs.
Philip Utley (1-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up an unearned run in an inning of work. Joe Koessler (2-0) was the winner for Navy.
Memphis will return to the "Nat" on Tues., Feb. 28 when it plays host to UT-Martin. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.