Baseball Holds Off UT-Martin, 9-7
Feb. 28, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
UT-Martin (1-6) 103 010 200 - 7 13 2 Memphis (4-1) 221 210 01X - 9 11 2
Junior transfer Ben Grisham went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI and then came on to record the save in two innings of work, as Memphis improved to 4-1 with a hard-fought 9-7 win over UT-Martin Tuesday evening at Nat Buring Stadium.
After UT-Martin took a 1-0 lead in the first, Memphis retaliated with a combined four runs in the first two innings to take a 4-1 lead. The Tigers got back-to-back RBI-doubles in the first from Kyle Norrid and Adam Amar. Grisham followed a triple by K.K. Chalmers with a towering two-run blast to left in the second.
Just when it looked as if the Tigers would open up a sizeable lead, the Skyhawks posted three runs in the third to knot the contest a 4-4.
But the Tigers answered with two more runs in the fourth, on an RBI-single by Amar, to take the lead for good at 7-4.
From that point on the Memphis staff struggled to hold off a UTM offense that posted 13 hits on the night. The Skyhawks cut the U of M advantage to two runs in the fifth and then posted a pair of tallies in the seventh to close the gap to one run, at 8-7.
Memphis took advantage of a Skyhawk error to plate a run in the eight, before Grisham retired the side for his first collegiate save. Grisham fanned two and allowed just one hit in two innings of relief.
Senior reliever Tim Senter (1-0) earned the win after tossing 2.1 innings. The righthander allowed two runs on four hits. Casey Estill took the loss for UT-Martin.
Memphis will now hit the road for a four-game road trip that begins with a 3 p.m. matchup at Arkansas-Little Rock tomorrow.