Pitching Staff Tosses Program's First One-hitter since 1994 in 2-1 Win Against UT-Martin
Feb. 27, 2007
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University of Memphis pitchers Brach Davis, Neil Schenk, Chris South and Matt Yokley combined to serve up Memphis' first one-hitter since 1994 en route to a 2-1 win over UT-Martin in the Tigers' home-opener Tuesday night at Nat Buring Stadium. Jason McCommon was the last Tiger hurler to post a one-hitter when he held Iowa to one hit in an 8-3 win 13 years ago. The win was Memphis' 12th-straight against UT-Martin.
In his first start of the year, Davis no-hit the Skyhawks through three innings, before giving way to reliever Schenk, who kept the no-hit bid going through 4.1 innings until Chad Green drove an RBI-single to left field. The junior southpaw tied a career-high with seven strikeouts. South then came on, and induced an inning-ending double play and Yokley wrapped up the contest by sitting down the Skyhawks in order in the top of the ninth. Yokley picked up the win to improve to 2-0 on the year.
"I can't say enough about our pitching staff tonight--the combination of all three," said Head Coach Daron Schoenrock. "I thought Brach (Davis) was really, really crisp and sharp early. We actually saw something in the strike zone that we were working with. With their hitters pulling off of lefthanders, we elected to go with Neil and it turned out to be a great gamble. He came up real big for us tonight. As the innings wore on--his second, third, fourth inning--you could start seeing some confidence come back. That was great to see. Then Chris South came in and did exactly what we wanted him to do in getting the double play ball."
Ben Grisham came up with the late-game heroics in the final frame, as he lined a single up the middle to score Michael Murray from second to win the game. Grisham's hit was his second game-winning at-bat in three games.
"I really liked (Ben) Grisham's at bat," said Schoenrock. "That was probably the best at bat of the game. He really stayed on the ball and drove it up the middle. He almost hit it too hard where they had a chance to throw (Michael) Murray out, but he had a great jump and made a good turn at third."
Senior Bill Moss broke a scoreless tie and gave Memphis a 1-0 lead in the home half of the sixth inning when he launched an Adam Ledlow offering over the leftfield wall. Moss posted three of the Tiger's five hits.
Martin took advantage of a Tiger throwing error to put Douglas Nicodemus in scoring position for Green, who knocked tied the contest at 1-1 in the top of the eighth with the Skyhawks lone hit.
UT-Martin starter Ledlow was solid in six innings of work. He allowed three hits, and just one run--the Moss homer. Reliever Travis Webb was the losing pitcher, giving up a run on two hits in 2.1 innings.
Memphis, who has now won four consecutive games, will hit the field again on Fri., Mar. 2 when they take on Northern Iowa in the first annual AutoZone Classic. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. at AutoZone Park.