Late-Game Rally Falls Short in 11-10 Loss to Indiana State
March 13, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
MEMPHIS (5-6) 002 100 034 - 10 13 2 Indiana State (3-9) 101 304 101 - 11 12 2
Memphis scored a combined seven runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but the rally came up short as Indiana State plated a single run in last of the ninth to claim an 11-10 triumph in the USA Challenge. The Tigers finished fourth in the Challenge after going 1-2 on the weekend.
Down 10-3 with just six outs remaining, the Tigers staged a strong surge that would eventually put them in position to win the ballgame.
Jordan Tolliver, who went 4-for-5 with a trio of runs, ignited the rally with an infield single to lead off the eighth inning. Consecutive walks by Ryan Martin and pinch hitter John Peterson loaded the bases for Robbie Goss, who drove Tolliver in on a ground ball out. Cory Barton then plated Martin on a ground out to cut the deficit to 10-5. An RBI double by senior Jordan Hart knocked Peterson in to cap the Tigers' scoring in the eighth.
But Memphis was not done as K.K. Chalmers led the ninth off with a walk. Chad House and Tolliver followed with back-to-back singles to load the sacks. Martin's sac fly brought Chalmers home to make the score 10-6. RBI-singles by Peterson and Goss followed, cutting the Tigers deficit to just two runs. Hart then produced a critical two-out double to score Tolliver and pinch runner Chris Newsom, to knot the contest at 10-10.
However, ISU used a pair of hits and a hit batsman to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth, before a game-winning single ended the game.
The game was a see-saw battle early on. The Sycamores jumped on top in the first via a solo homer by Jake Eigsti, but Memphis took hold of a 2-1 lead in the third after Martin hit a lined shot over the right field wall. ISU tied the matchup at 2-2 in the third on a solo home run off the bat of Chris Schmidt. The U of M again gained the advantage when Hart scored from second on an errant throw by ISU second baseman Ryan Bond.
The Sycamores seemingly took command of the game with eight runs in the fourth through seventh innings, giving them the 10-3 cushion.
The Tigers outhit the Sycamores 13-12, behind the bats of Tolliver and Hart. Hart had a pair of doubles and three RBI in the game. House also had two hits, while Patrick Hope stretched his career-long hitting streak to 14 games with an infield hit in the first inning.
Memphis will now prepare to hit the road for a two-game midweek series with Mississippi State on Tues. and Wed., Mar. 15-16. First pitch for Tuesday's tilt is set for 4 p.m. at Dudy Noble Stadium in Starkville, Miss.