Pitching Leads Baseball to 4-1 Win at UT-Martin
March 2, 2005
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MARTIN, Tenn. - Memphis pitchers allowed just three hits and the Tiger offense used a three-run fifth inning to earn a 4-1 win over UT-Martin, Wednesday in non-conference action. The Tigers improve to 3-1 after their second consecutive win. UTM falls to 1-5. Memphis has now beaten UT-Martin in eight consecutive games.
The Tigers broke a scoreless tie with a trio of runs in the top half of the fifth. Catcher Eric Smith led off the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Skyhawk starter Scott Massey. Freshman K.K. Chalmers then followed with a single to centerfield. Memphis took a two-run advantage when Smith scored on a UTM attmept to catch Chalmers stealing second. Jordan Tolliver's looping single to right centerfield brought Chalmers home to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
The Skyhawks plated a run in the sixth without the aid of a hit. Zach Dean drew a walk to lead of the inning and moved to second on a groundball by Nick Bruner. A flyout advanced Dean to third before a Memphis passed ball allowed him to score.
Memphis used a pair of Skyhawk errors to regain the three-run lead in the seventh.
Tolliver finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored to lead the Tigers' offensive charge. Senior rightfielder Jordan Hart also had two hits, while junior Patrick Hope went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to seven games, dating back to last season.
Blake Richardson (1-0) earned his first win in a Tiger uniform after allowing just two hits and an unearned run in his first start. Richardson retired each of the first nine batters he faced and worked three-and-two-thirds innings of no-hit baseball. Junior Tim Senter worked two innings of scoreless relief, before giving way to Chris Davis. Davis shut the Skyhawks down in the ninth to earn his first save.
UT-Martin starter Massey (0-2) took the loss, but was effective for the Skyhawks, striking out nine in eight-and-one-third innings of work.
Memphis will now prepare to open its home schedule with a three-game series against Nicholls State on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 4-6. First pitch for Friday's matchup is set for 4 p.m. at Nat Buring Stadium.