Troy's Eight-run Fifth Inning Dooms Tigers in 21-3 Loss
March 11, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Troy (9-6) 014 480 022 - 21 22 2 Memphis (8-5) 110 010 000 - 3 9 3
Troy scored a combined 16 runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, including putting up an eight-run fifth to race to a 21-3 win over the University of Memphis, Saturday at Nat Buring Stadium. The Trojans claimed their sixth consecutive win in the series-clinching victory.
Memphis did hold a pair of brief leads. It's first coming on a balk in the first, and a solo home run by Ben Grisham in the second. Grisham's homer over the centerfield wall was his third in three games and gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
That would be the last lead Memphis held, as Troy took advantage of a couple of Tiger errors to score four in the third and Edgar Ramirez highlighted a four-run fourth inning with a three-run blast to left center.
A two-run homer to center off the bat of Mike Felix ignited an eight-run fifth for the Trojans. TU collected 10 hits in the inning, and sent 12 batters to the plate. Nick Smith and Felix each recorded two hits.
Memphis plated a run in the fifth, but Troy, who pounded out 22 hits after last night's 21-hit performance, scored two in the eighth on an RBI-double by reserve Bryan Madril, and two more in the ninth on a two-run shot by Dru Rymer for the 21-3 final.
Tiger freshman Scott McGregor was tagged with the loss after giving up 13 runs on 12 hits in four and-one-thirds innings of work. Troy starter Clegg Snipes hurled six innings and allowed three runs for the win. Steven Morelock picked up the save.
Memphis will try to salvage a game in the series on Sunday when the two teams meet in the series finale at 1 p.m. at "The Nat".