Three-Run Sixth Inning Pushes Tiger Baseball Past Nicholls State, 8-7
March 3, 2006
THIBODAUX, La. -
Memphis (5-2) 022 103 000 - 8 13 2 Nicholls State (3-9) 120 200 002 - 7 9 3
Junior leftfielder Will Petersen went 4-for-5, with a home run, two doubles and two runs scored to lead Memphis to an 8-7 win over Nicholls State in the series opening game Friday afternoon at Ray E. Didier Field. Tiger reliever Josh Langley was also solid, holding the Colonels to just two runs in four innings to pick up the first NCAA win of his career.
Petersen ignited a two-out rally in the sixth that saw the Tigers take a commanding 8-5 lead. The junior blasted a towering drive over the left centerfield wall to give Memphis a 6-5 lead. Two batters later, Kyle Norrid put the Tigers up by three runs with a two-run double to the gap in right center.
Nicholls State scored a pair in the bottom of the ninth to close the U of M cushion to 8-7, but closer Philip Utley was able to retire the side to pick up his second save of the year.
Memphis threatened to put up the game's first run in the first after Will Petersen and Michael Murray each reached on fielding errors to lead off the contest. However, the rally was silenced when Bill Moss lined out to leftfield, and Petersen was doubled up on the play.
Nicholls did not miss out on its first-inning opportunity as DH Keith Delahoussaye drove in Michael Roberts with a single to right for the game's first run. With one out and runners on the corners, the Colonels looked as if they would post the big inning. But Murray was able to throw out Tim Daigle at the plate on an attempted double-steal to end the threat.
The Tigers quickly answered by posting a pair of runs on the board in the second to take a 2-1 lead when K.K. Chalmers single up the middle to score Robbie Goss. Ben Grisham followed with a RBI-ground out.
After a NSU rallied to for two runs in the second to take a 3-2 advantage, the Tigers again answered back with two more runs for a 4-3 lead on a two-run double off the bat of Grisham.
Bill Moss' sacrifice fly gave the Tigers a 5-3 advantage, but the Colonels responded with a two-run fourth to knot the contest at 5-5.
Chalmers had three hits for Memphis, while Norrid added a 2-for-5 performance and Grisham drove in three runs.
The Tigers and Colonels will hit the field for game two of the series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.