Tigers Take Series With Kennesaw State with 8-4 Victory on Sunday
Feb. 26, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Eli Hynes was 3-for-4 with a double and three-run home run as the University of Memphis baseball team won the series with Kennesaw State with an 8-4 victory on Sunday at FedExPark. The Tigers improve to 3-3 on the season while Kennesaw State drops to 3-4.
Memphis wasted no time in putting runs on the board as Eli Hynes blasted a three-run home run to right field to drive in Ethan Gross and Adam McClain in the bottom of the first. Gross led off the frame with a single and McClain followed with a single to advance Gross to third. With one out, Hynes belted the first pitch in the at-bat for the homer, his second three-run blast of the season.
Kennesaw State tallied one run in the third on a solo home run by Chris McGowan. The Tigers got the run back in the fourth on a RBI double by Zach Willis to give the U of M a 4-1 advantage. Derrick Thomas scored on the play after leading off the inning with a double.
The Owls added a run in the fifth on a RBI double by Max Pentecost, but the Tigers answered with three runs in the sixth to open up a 7-2 lead. With runners on first and third and no outs, Ford Wilson executed the suicide squeeze to plate Colton Simbeck from third. Gross hit a two-out ground rule double to plate Carter White. An error by Kennesaw State on a hard-hit grounder to third by McClain allowed Gross to score and set the score at 7-2.
Pentecost led off the eighth with a triple and scored on a groundout by Andy Almonte to score the Owls third run of the game. A sacrifice fly by Will Howard plated a run in the ninth. Memphis reliever Tyler Farley pitched the seventh and eighth innings and allowed a run on one hit. Jonathan Van Eaton pitched the ninth and allowed one run on one hit.
Tiger southpaw Sam Moll picked up the win, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings of work. Moll walked one, struck out two and benefited from two double plays turned by the Tiger defense. Kennesaw State starter Alan Busenitz took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings pitched.
Hynes led the Memphis offense with a 3-for-4 day with a double, home run and three RBI. Gross and Ford Wilson each had a pair of hits and the Tiger offense out-hit Kennesaw State 13-7.
Pitcher of the Game: Sam Moll
Player of the Game: Eli Hynes
The Tigers hit the road for the first time this season with a two-game road trip to Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Memphis and Ole Miss battle on Tuesday at 3 p.m., and the Tigers go to Starkville, Miss., on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match up with Mississippi State.