Baseball Defeats Nicholls State in 20-11 Slugfest
March 5, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Nicholls State (7-5) 010 521 011 - 11 16 0 MEMPHIS (4-2) 160 015 70X - 20 25 3
Senior Ryan Martin and junior Robbie Goss each went 4-for-5 to lead a 25-hit Memphis attack in a 20-11 victory over Nicholls State Saturday afternoon at Nat Buring Stadium. Martin also posted a career-high seven RBI and scored two runs in the contest as seven Tiger hitters posted at least three hits.
Memphis opened the high-scoring affair with a single run in the first after Chad House singled, advanced to second on a balk and was knocked in by a single by Martin.
After Nicholls tied the contest in the top half of the second, the Tiger seemingly broke the ballgame open in the home half. Jordan Hart walked and Robbie Goss ripped one of his two doubles on the day to put runners on second and third. Back-to-back walks by Cory Barton and K.K. Chalmers made the score 2-1. Jordan Tolliver, Patrick Hope, House and Martin each collected RBI-singles in consecutive at-bats to put Memphis ahead comfortably at 7-1.
But the Colonels would not go away, closing the scoring gap to 6-5 in the top of the fourth. Bubba Bell started the rally by drawing a walk, and Manny Davila followed with a single. NSU loaded the bases when John Brummett was hit by a Daniel de Armas pitch. Michael Roberts capped four consecutive RBI-singles with a two-RBI base hit up the middle.
Nicholls scored two more runs in the fifth to take an 8-7 lead, but Memphis answered back with a run of its own in the home half. NSU took a 9-8 advantage in the sixth frame behind Bell's RBI-single to left field.
However, that would be the last time the game would be close as Memphis grabbed the lead with five runs in the sixth and followed with seven more in the seventh to take a commanding 20-9 lead.
The sixth inning was ignited by a Hope bunt single and a double off the bat of House. Martin then collected his fourth and fifth RBI, on a double off the left centerfield wall to drive Hope and House home. Hart, Barton and Goss plated three more runs on successive hits.
Adam Amar's three-run blast over the left field wall highlighted the seventh inning. Memphis scored four final runs on RBI's from Tolliver, Hope and Martin.
Nicholls scored a run in the eighth on an Anthony Hatch solo homer, and a run in the ninth.
Offensively, the Tigers lit the scoreboard up with 25 hits. Tolliver, Hope, House, Amar and Barton all had three hits. Hope and House each scored three runs. All 20 Memphis runs were earned.
Tiger reliever Drew Jaudon (1-0) earned his first win as a Tiger after giving the U of M five innings of solid relief. He scattered eight hits in his home debut. Ray Labat suffered the loss for the Colonels, allowing eight hits and giving up three runs in four innings of work.
Memphis and Nicholls State will finish the three game series on Sunday, when the two squads face off at 1 p.m. at Nat Buring Stadium.