Baseball Falls to Indiana, 9-8 in Extra-Inning Thriller
Feb. 26, 2005
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - A strong 10th -inning rally by Memphis fell short as Indiana outlasted the Tigers 9-8 Saturday afternoon in the 2005 Service Academies Spring Classic. Memphis drops to 1-1, while Indiana remains undefeated at 3-0.
After falling behind 9-6 in the 10th the Tigers put together a strong rally in a bid to pull off the come-from-behind win. Senior outfielder Jordan Hart drew a walk to lead off the frame and Robbie Goss was then hit by a pitch. Hart and Goss each advanced on a wild pitch before junior catcher Cory Barton drove Hart in with a single through the left side. Memphis cut the lead to 9-8 on an RBI-single off the bat of junior Patrick Hope. A walk by Chad House loaded the sacks with one out, but Memphis was unable to produce anymore offense
The Hoosiers jumped on the board early, with a pair of runs in the first inning and two more in the third to claim a 4-1 lead, before the Tiger bats came alive in the sixth.
Ryan Martin, who had two hits on the night, ignited the sixth-inning rally with a one-out single. He came around to score on a two-out triple by Hart, cutting the Hoosier's advantage to 4-2. The Tigers pulled with in one run when Barton knocked Hart home with a single to right field.
Back-to-back doubles by freshman K.K. Chalmers and House knotted the tilt at 4-4. House advanced to third on a passed ball, and gave the Tigers the go-ahead run when he scored on a wild pitch from IU reliever Chris McCombs.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Hoosiers responded with two runs in the eighth inning on RBI's by Tyler Cox and Reggie Watson, giving them a 6-5 lead.
Memphis did not go down with a fight. Jordan Tolliver drew a two-out walk in the ninth and Martin drilled a double into the rightfield corner to score Tolliver from first and tie the ballgame at six apiece.
With two-outs, the Hoosiers plated three unearned runs in the 10th to take a 9-6 lead before holding off the strong Tiger surge.
Joe Kemp was the star for IU. The senior went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBI. He also came on in relief to claim the win.
Junior College transfer Tim Senter took the loss for Memphis after giving up three unearned runs in two-and two-thirds innings of relief. Freshman lefthander Neil Schenk had a solid outing in his first collegiate appearance. The Briarcrest High product fanned four in five innings.
House led Memphis offensively with three hits, while Martin, Barton and Chalmers each had two.
Memphis will wrap up the opening weekend of play on Sunday when they face Missouri in the SASC finale at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WUMR FM 91.7.