Baseball Hands Missouri 7-6 Defeat
Feb. 27, 2005
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Junior Jordan Tolliver looped a two-out RBI-single to right filed to score Patrick Hope and lift Memphis to a 7-6 victory over Missouri, Sunday in the final game of the 2005 Service Academies Spring Classic. With the win, Memphis improved to 2-1 and claimed third-place in the weekend tournament. Senior designated hitter Ryan Martin was named the SASC MVP after going 8-for-14 in three games. Chad House and Stephen Gostkowski were named to the SASC All-tournament team.
For the second straight night the Tigers found themselves in a close ball game late, but this time they were able to execute to post the win.
With the score tied at 6-6, Hope led off the home half of the ninth with an infield hit and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman K.K. Chalmers before Tolliver provided the game-winning hit.
Things got off to a shaky start for Memphis as starter Drew Kimmelman was touched for four first-innings runs, including a three-run blast to right by Mizzou leftfielder Hunter Mense.
The Tigers kept themselves in the game, however, with a solid first inning of their own. Singles by House and Martin put runners on the corners and Adam Amar put the U of M on the board with an RBI-single to right. Cory Barton's two-out single plated a pair of runs to cut the lead to 4-3 after one inning of play.
The Memphis bats stayed alive in the second as House and Martin again recorded hits. This time Martin followed a House single with an RBI-double to leftfield to tie the score at four apiece. Amar put the Tigers on top 5-4 with a single to center, scoring Martin.
Missouri tied the contest in the top of the fifth, but Memphis regained the advantage in the bottom of the frame on a towering solo homer by Martin.
MU threatened to take the lead in the ninth after Mense singled and James Boone followed with a walk. But Tiger reliever Chris South was able to shut the Tigers down and hold the tie.
South (1-0) earned his first collegiate win after pitching one inning of relief. Kimmelman allowed just two hits and fanned four in four innings in his debut as a starter. U of M reliever Drew Jaudon also worked four innings and allowed two runs, while striking out a pair. Missouri reliever Doug Mathis took the loss.
Memphis returns to action on Wed., Mar. 2, when they travel to UT-Martin. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.
The 2005 Service Academies Spring Classic All-Tournament team
Jacob Priday, Missouri James Boone, Missouri Max Scherzer, Missouri Joe Kemp, Indiana Zach Boswell, Indiana Stephen Gostkowski, Memphis Chad House, Memphis Ryan Martin, Memphis Jonathan Matthew Johnston, Navy Thomas Hamilton, Navy Rance Fosdick, Indiana State Karl Bolt, Air Force MVP - Ryan Martin, Memphis