Baseball Cruises to 11-5 Triumph over Middle Tennessee
March 7, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Middle Tennessee (4-4) 020 000 003 - 5 9 1 Memphis (7-3) 450 200 00X - 11 15 1
The Tiger offense exploded for nine runs in the first two innings of play and junior lefthander Lance Scoggins struck out six and scattered seven hits in six innings as the University of Memphis claimed an 11-5 win over Middle Tennessee Tuesday evening at Nat Buring Stadium. The win snapped a six-game losing streak to the Blue Raiders and improves the Tigers to 7-3.
Memphis got the offense going early and often, putting the game away after just two innings of play. A leadoff single by Will Petersen and a one-out double from Bill Moss set the table for Kyle Norrid. The junior Germantown, Tenn., native came through with an RBI-single through the right side to put the Tigers in front 2-0. Moss and Norrid each finished the night with three hits. After Robbie Goss reached on a fielding error by the MT infield, Josh Irvin delivered a two-run double the left centerfield gap for a 4-0 U of M lead.
Middle plated a pair in the top of the second to cut the lead to 4-2, but the Tiger offense continued to roll, as it scored five runs on four hits to pull away, 9-2 after two innings. All five runs were scored with two outs. Sophomore K.K. Chalmers started the two-out rally by drawing a walk and stealing second. Moss then drove him in with a single. Robbie Goss and Irvin then produced RBI-singles to go ahead 7-2. Michael Murray was plunked to load the sacks for Ben Grisham, who blooped a two-run single into rightfield. Grisham had three hits and three RBI on the night.
The Tigers crossed two more two-out runs in the fourth on an RBI-double off the bat of Michael Murray, followed by a run-scoring single by Grisham.
The Blue Raiders scored three in the final frame, highlighted by a two-run homer over the left centerfield wall by Todd Martin for the 11-5 final. Martin went 2-for-4 and was one of two Middle Tennessee hitters to record multiple hits
Scoggins (1-0) picked up his first NCAA win and Tim Senter worked three solid innings for the save. MT starter Chad Edwards was saddled with the loss after allowing eight runs--seven earned--in one-and-two-thirds innings.
Memphis and Blue Raiders will battle in game two of the three-game midweek series tomorrow with the first pitch set for 4 p.m. at "The Nat".