Troy Outslugs Tigers, 16-9
March 10, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Troy (8-6) 200 517 001 - 16 21 4 Memphis (8-4) 003 130 020 - 9 10 2
Troy Designated hitter Josh Dew launched a pair of home runs and the Trojans connected for 21 hits to claim a 16-9 win over the University of Memphis Friday night at Nat Buring Stadium. The Trojans scored 13 runs in fourth through sixth innings, including seven in the sixth, en route to its fifth-straight win.
Drew got the Trojan offense going with his first blast of the game -a two-run shot to left centerfield in the first.
However, the Tigers took advantage of two Troy errors to take a 3-1 lead through three innings of play. Sophomore centerfielder K.K. Chalmers led the home half of the third off with a double down the leftfield line. Will Petersen then reached and advanced all the way to third when Troy starter Jon Gianquitti's throw to first base sailed high and into the Tiger bullpen down the rightfield line. Chalmers was able to score on the play to get Memphis on the board. Kyle Norrid drove Petersen in on a fielder's choice. Gianquitti again committed a miscue, as his attempt to pick Norrid off at first was wide of the bag, allowing Norrid to advance to third. Norrid scored on Robbie Goss' ground out.
Memphis could not hold the lead, as Josh Blackwell knocked a three-run double to the left centerfield gap to highlight a five-run fourth that put the Trojans ahead 7-3.
Ben Grisham homered in the fourth and the Tigers again took advantage of a TU error to score three in the fifth to cut the deficit to 8-7.
But Troy put the game away in the sixth, scoring seven runs on five hits. The frame was powered by a bases-loaded double by Mike Felix.
Memphis plated a pair in the eighth on a two-run single by Norrid, who along with Grisham, were the lone Tigers to post multiple hits on the night. Chalmers, Petersen and Grisham scored two runs each.
Senior starter Marcus Davis gave up six runs on six hits for the loss, while Troy reliever Ryan Ellison was the winner after holding Memphis to two hits and a single run in one inning.
The two teams will meet for game two of the series on Saturday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Nat Buring Stadium.