Memphis Falls to No. 6 Clemson, 8-2
March 10, 2007
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A two-run home run off the bat of Clemson third baseman Marquez Smith set off a five-run sixth inning as the sixth-ranked Tigers handed Memphis an 8-2 setback in game two of the three-game weekend series.
Smith's blast proved to bring home the game-winning runs and gave Clemson a 4-2 lead. The Tigers then took advantage of a two-out error by the Memphis defense to score three more in the frame to make it 7-2. An eight-inning passed ball allowed the game's final run to come home for the 8-2 final.
Clemson got on the board in the first inning, when Andy D'Alessio launched a two-run home run to rightfield. It was his second round-tripper in as many at-bats after homering in the ninth inning of Friday's contest.
From that point on, Memphis starter Marc Ashley cruised through 4.1 innings, allowing just four hits and striking out three. On the day, Ashley tossed five innings and gave up two runs on five hits to earn a no decision.
The Memphis offense answered with a run in the second when Joey Lieberman scored all the way from first on a two-out double from K.K. Chalmers. The Tigers found the equalizer in third, after Will Petersen led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single from Bill Moss. Petersen and Moss each finished the day with three hits.
Memphis reliever Mark Doll was tagged with the loss. The junior hurler fell victim to untimely defensive miscues and gave up six runs on five hits in three innings of work. Just two of the runs he allowed were earned. Stephen Clyne was the winner. He held Memphis scoreless and struck out four in 3.1 innings.
Memphis and Clemson will battle in the rubber match on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. Listen live as "The Voice of Tiger Baseball" Jeff Brightwell calls the play-by-play action.