Ryan Holland's 10 Strikeouts Leads Memphis to Extra-Inning Victory over Bradley
Feb. 28, 2010
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -
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Ryan Holland fanned a career-high 10 Bradley hitters, and Trey Wiedman came through with a 10th-inning game-winning single to send Memphis to a 3-2 triumph over Bradley in the final game of the 2010 USA College Classic at Millington's USA Stadium. Memphis finished the weekend 1-2. Pittsburgh claimed the tournament title after going 3-0 on the weekend.
Holland's 10 strikeouts are the most by a Memphis pitcher since Philip Utley fanned 10 against UCF in 2006. The junior scattered five hit in six innings. He struck out seven in the first three innings.
While Holland carved the Braves lineup, the Memphis offense was able to cross a run in the first and fifth innings. Drew Martinez scored the game's first run in the first inning. He reached on an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an infield groundout by Chad Zurcher.
Zurcher scored in the fifth to make it 2-0. He walked, stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw by Bradley catcher Kevin Sullivan. Adam McClain brought him in with a double down the leftfield line.
Memphis took the two-run lead into the eight, but Bradley's offense woke up and got a double to right center by Mike Tauchman. The Braves took advantage of a Memphis error for Tauchman to score to make it 2-1. The Braves tied the contest in the ninth on a sac fly by Matt Fritz.
With the score tied in the eighth, freshman right-hander Dan Langfield entered the contest. He induced a flyball out and strikeout to end the inning. He then worked out of jams in the ninth and 10th innings.
Tauchman opened the 10th with a double to shallow leftfield and moved to third on a sac bunt. But then Langfield came through with a critical strikeout and fly out to get out of the inning unscathed. Langfield earned the win after striking out three in 2.2 innings. Memphis pitchers struck out a combined 14 batters.
McClain led off the 10th with his second hit of the day--a first-pitch single up the middle. He then swiped second and third, setting up Wiedman's game-winning single down the leftfield line. Wiedman's hit was his second game-winner of the year.
Memphis was out-hit 9-8 in the contest. Tyler Huelsing joined McClain as the lone Tigers to post multiple hits, going 2-for-4. Huelsing legged out a double and triple in the game.
The Tigers will now set their sights on Tuesday's matchup with Ole Miss. First pitch at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field is set for 6:30 p.m.