Joey Lieberman's Two-RBI Double Lifts Memphis to 6-5 Win over Illinois State
March 13, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Illinois State (6-7) 101 012 000 - 5 6 1 Memphis (9-5) 000 030 012 - 6 10 3
Senior Joey Lieberman's two-run double in the ninth plated Will Petersen and Bill Moss to give Memphis a 6-5 come-from-behind over Illinois State, Tuesday night at Nat Buring Stadium. The win was the sixth time this season in which the Tigers have clinched victory in the last at-bat. It was also the fourth one-run win for Head Coach Daron Schoenrock's crew.
Petersen ignited the last-inning rally with a one out single to rightfield. Moss was hit by a pitch, and Adam Amar lined a single up the middle to load the bases with one out, setting up the potential game-winning plate appearance for Lieberman.
Illinois State wasted little time getting on the board, as Matt Bolt laced a double to rightfield. He stole third and scored on an error by the Tiger infield. Memphis committed three fielding miscues on the night.
The Redbirds made it 2-0 in the third after Bolt walked, stole second and scored on an RBI double by Kevin Dubler. Illinois State took advantage of Memphis error to cross another run in the fourth.
Memphis evened the slate with a three-run fifth, highlighted by a two-run home run to left center off the bat of catcher Chris Kirkland. K.K. Chalmers reached after being hit by a pitch and then stole second and third. With the stolen bases, Chalmers tied the career record at Memphis for stolen bases with 66. Amar knotted the contest at 3-3 with an RBI-double to the right centerfield gap.
ISU answered back quickly on the strength of a two-run homer by Kyle Cherney for a 5-3 lead.
The Tigers closed the deficit to 5-4 in the eighth. With Michael Murray on second and Ben Grisham on first, Redbirds catcher Dubler made an errant throw on an attempt to pick Grisham off. The throw skipped past ISU first baseman Jesse Griswold and trickled down the rightfield line, allowing Murray to score from second.
The Memphis offensive showed signs of 2006 resurgence, banging out 11 hits in the contest. Grisham led the team with three hits, while Amar and Petersen had two hits each. Lieberman and Kirkland posted two RBI and six different Tigers scored runs.
The Tigers again got solid pitching, this time from the arms of Garrett Hachtel and Dusty Davis. In his second career start, Hachtel gave up just four hits and fanned three in 4.2 innings of work. Davis came on in the relief in the fifth and gave up two runs on two hits to claim his third win of the year.