Offense Continues to Shine in 8-3 Win over Middle Tennessee
March 8, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Middle Tennessee (4-5) 100 100 010 - 3 14 0 Memphis (8-3) 001 003 13X - 8 15 1
Joseph Lieberman and Ben Grisham hit back-to-back home runs to fuel a three-run third inning, as the University of Memphis baseball squad claimed its third-straight win with an 8-3 victory over Middle Tennessee, Wednesday evening at Nat Buring Stadium. The win secured Memphis' second-straight series win.
The three-run third erased a 2-1 Blue Raiders lead and put the Tigers ahead for good, 4-2. Liebernan's two-run home run over the leftfield wall, and Grisham's solo shot was the second of the year for both Tiger newcomers.
Middle got on the board in the first on an RBI-triple by Michael McKenry, but Memphis answered with a single run in the third when Alex Fennel scored on a groundball by Bill Moss.
MT responded with the go-ahead run in the next half inning for a 2-1 lead.
After the three-run sixth, pinch-hitter Josh Irvin drove an RBI-double to centerfield for a 5-2 seventh-inning cushion. The Tigers put the game away in the eighth. Moss, who finished the night with two RBI, brought Will Petersen home with a single, and Norrid singled to score Michael Murray. Jordan Tolliver capped the rally with an RBI single.
Memphis starter Stephen Gostkowski picked up a tough win, scattering 10 hits in six-and-two-thirds innings of work. He struck out seven and allowed just one earned run. Drew Jaudon came on in relief and surrendered a run, while fanning a pair. Philip Utley worked a scoreless ninth for the Tigers.
Norrid led the 15-hit attack with three hits, and Murray, Moss and Tolliver had two hits each. Eight different Tigers scored runs on the night.
The Blue Raiders offense got four hits from McKenry and Chase Eakes added a couple of hits. Jeff Beachum went 2-for-5, with two RBI on the night, while Josh Horn posted two hits.
Reliever Langdon Stanley was the loser after giving up six earned runs in two-and-one-thirds innings.
Memphis and Blue Raiders will play the series finale tomorrow with the first pitch set for 1 p.m.