Derek Hankins Strikes Out Record-Tying 17 In Tigers' 7-1 Win Over Murray State
Feb. 28, 2004
Millington, Tenn.-- - Junior pitcher Derek Hankins struck out a Memphis record-tying 17 batters and allowed just two hits in seven innings of work to lead the Tigers to a 7-1 victory over Murray State in the Service Academies Spring Classic at USA Stadium in Millington. It was Hankins' first career Division I victory in just his second start for Memphis (3-1-0).
"Derek (Hankins) was outstanding tonight," Head Coach Dave Anderson. "The key was getting his curve ball over early. He had command of all three of his pitches and he never gave them a chance to do anything at the plate."
Hankins was shaky in the first inning as Murray State (1-4-0) managed to tally its lone run in the frame when leadoff hitter Clint Griggs drew a walk and came around to score after singles by Ryan Kirksey and Derrick Newton.
Those would be the only two hits surrendered by the U of M staff as Hankins and reliever Nick Bradshaw shut down the Thoroughbreds' offense holding it hitless the rest of the way. Hankins struckout at least two batters an inning for the next six frames. The JUCO transfer fanned the side in the first, fifth and sixth innings.
Designated hitter Ryan Martin got Memphis on the board in the top half of the second when he blasted an opposite-field home run to left. It was Martin's first home run of the season.
The Tigers grabbed the lead for good with a two-run fourth inning. Bill Moss led off the inning with a single and scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball. Chad House then stole a pair of bases and scored on a RBI single by Josh Payne.
Memphis put the game away with a pair of runs in the seventh on more Thoroughbred miscues and added two more in the eighth on a triple by catcher Kurt Welch. The Tigers offense pounded out 10 hits on a trio of Thoroughbred pitchers. Welch and Payne each had a pair of hits.
Jake Ociesa (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Murray, allowing five hits and giving up three earned runs in four innings on the hill. West Harris also struggled allowing four earned runs on five hits in 3.2 innings of work.
The Tigers will face Kentucky Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., with the winner claiming the outright Classic Championship.