Baseball Suffers Third One-Run Loss in 5-4 Setback to Ohio
Feb. 29, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Ohio (3-1) 000 100 220 - 5 11 0 Memphis (2-4) 020 000 101 - 4 7 4
Freshman Robby Graham went 3-for-4 with two doubles and junior Scott McGregor struck out seven in 6.1 innings, but Ohio scored two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to hand Memphis a 5-4 loss in the series opener Friday. The loss was the Tigers third one-run setback of the early season.
McGregor and Ohio starter Chris Rigo matched up in what was an old fashioned pitcher's dual through the first six innings. McGregor held the Bobcats offense to just one unearned run and allowed just four hits through the first six frames. Meanwhile Rigo matched him, giving up two runs on three hits through six stanzas. Rigo, who retired 10 straight Tiger hitters from the third to sixth innings, finished the night with eight strikeouts and allowed three runs on four hits in a 6.2 inning start.
The Tiger freshman put them on top in the second when Graham punched a single into leftfield and fellow rookie Adam McClain lifted a Rigo offering over the right centerfield wall for his first collegiate homer and a 2-0 lead. The Tiger freshman and Houston High School product drove in a game-high three runs.
McGregor held Ohio at bay until the Tiger defense broke down to the tune of three errors in the fourth inning, allowing the Bobcats to cut the lead in half, 2-1, with an unearned run.
Ohio broke the contest open in the seventh after Zach Keen lined a leadoff single through the left side and was moved over by a sacrifice bunt. Matt Stiffler then tied the game and chased McGregor with a triple off the centerfield wall. He later scored the go ahead run on a single by Matt Krauss to make it 3-2. Stiffler led Ohio's 11-hit offensive with a 3-for-5 night.
Memphis answered in the next half inning with a sacrifice fly off the bat of McClain to knot the tilt at 3-3, but the Bobcats struck again. This time OU crossed two more runs on four eighth inning hits to give them a 5-3 cushion late in the game.
The Tigers had their chances in the late innings, but could never find the clutch hit. Memphis left six runners on base in the game, but five of those runners were left stranded in the final three innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh.
Graham led off the ninth with a double to left and later scored on a groundball out, but that would be it the for the U of M offense.
Memphis has now lost four games by a total of five runs.
Ohio reliever Matt Schlarb picked up the win after tossing just two-thirds of an inning. John Angelicchi allowed one run on one hit in 1.1 innings to earn the save. Tiger freshman Marcus Barnes was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on five hits in 2.2 innings. He struck out three.
Memphis will look to snap the current two-game skid on Sat., Mar. 1 when the two teams take the field for a 2 p.m. first pitch.