Five-Run Fifth Carries Memphis Over Bradley, 7-3
March 3, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team sent five runners across the plate in the fifth inning to nab a 7-3 victory over Bradley on Saturday at FedExPark. The Tigers improve to 5-5 with the win while Bradley falls to 4-4 on the season.
Coming into his third start, Tiger starter Dan Langfield hadn't allowed a run in 15 innings of work, but a solo home run by Greg Partyka in the top of the second ended the scoreless streak at 16 innings. Austin Jarvis followed with a double and Bradley used a walk and hit-by-pitch to load the bases with one out in the inning. Langfield got out of the inning with a fly-out to shallow right and a strikeout of Rob Elliott.
Eli Hynes extended his team-high hit streak to 11 games with a leadoff double and he moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Derrick Thomas. Two walks loaded the bases, but the Tigers couldn't take advantage as Bradley starter John Nasshan got two fly outs to end the inning.
Bradley extended its lead to 2-0 with a RBI-single by Jerrod Eigsti in the fourth and the Tigers answered with a five-run fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead.
Adam McClain led off the frame with a single and moved to third on the errant pickoff attempt at first. Thomas drove in the first Tiger run with a single, and a bases-loaded two-run double by T.J. Rich plated two more. A wild pitch and passed ball allowed two more runs to cross the plate.
After the Braves plated a run in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 5-3, Memphis scored a run on a Carter White RBI single to center. Three-straight singles by the Tigers with two outs brought the run home as Hynes, Thomas and White collected the hits.
Langfield pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits for his third quality start in as many outings. He walked four and struck out nine, the eighth time in his career he has struck out seven or more batters in a game.
With two outs in the top of the eighth Bradley loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a base hit, bringing the potential go-ahead run to the plate. Jonathan Van Eaton got out of the jam with a strikeout of Curtiss Bunch, keeping the Memphis lead at 6-3.
The Tigers added a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Thomas that scored McClain. Van Eaton allowed a leadoff single in the ninth before shutting the door on the Braves for his first career save.
Memphis and Bradley will meet on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (CT) in the rubber match of the series.