Baseball Swept at Mississippi State
March 16, 2005
STARKVILLE, Miss. -
MEMPHIS (5-8) 100 000 001 - 2 2 2 No. 18 Mississippi St. (11-2) 001 000 03X - 4 10 0
Mississippi State (11-2) scored three unearned runs in the eighth inning of a pitchers duel to defeat Memphis 4-2 and remain undefeated at home. Memphis falls to 5-8 on the year after dropping its third straight contest.
MSU took advantage of a two-out throwing error by Memphis on a fielder's choice groundball. With two on, State's Bryan LaNinfa provided the game-winning RBI's on a two-run two-out double to the left centerfield gap. The Bulldogs added another run on a single by Ed Easley to extend the lead to 4-1.
The Tigers closed the deficit to 4-2 with a run in the ninth after Chris Newsom scored on a fielder's choice ground out by Patrick Hope. Hope was held hitless, snapping his career-long hit streak at 15 games.
MSU tied the contest in the third frame when shortstop Bunky Kateon led off the inning with a single and leadoff hitter Jeffrey Rea followed with a triple to the right centerfield gap. U of M centerfielder Brad Fly thwarted the Bullies attempt to gain the lead when he threw out Rea at the plate on an attempt to tag up on a shallow fly ball.
Bulldog starter Josh Johnson hurled a six-inning one-hitter and retired 11 straight Tigers in the third through sixth innings. He fanned seven Tiger hitters before being lifted for reliever Brett Cleveland, who earned the win. MSU pitchers combined to strike out 11.
Freshman K.K. Chalmers held the Bulldogs hitless in the first two innings and gave up just one run in his first career start. Tiger relief pitchers Tim Senter and Drew Jaudon held Mississippi State scoreless for four innings. Ryan Fly was the hard-luck loser after giving up all three unearned runs in the eighth.
MEMPHIS (5-7) 022 030 100 - 8 17 6 No. 18 Mississippi St. (10-2) 215 030 00X - 11 13 2
In the rain-suspended game, Memphis out hit Mississippi State 17-13, but the Tigers were unable to overcome the six errors made on Tuesday night as they fell 11-8. The Tigers and Bulldogs combined for 18 runs, 21 hits and seven errors in the first four-and-a-half innings on Tuesday night before the rains forced the game's suspension.
The Tigers put runners in scoring position in the seventh behind a leadoff double by Robbie Goss. After Goss moved to third on a groundball out off the bat of Cory Barton, Bastien came up with a clutch two-out triple to the left centerfield gap to bring Memphis with three runs at 11-8. The run-scoring triple was Bastien's first Division I RBI.
Memphis ripped six hits in the final four innings, but left six runners on. The Tigers left 10 runners on for the game.
Blake Richardson (1-1) suffered the loss for Memphis after giving up 11 runs, five of which were unearned. Tiger relief pitcher Chris Davis held the Bulldogs scoreless in three-and-one-third innings. State starter Brooks Dunn improves to 3-0 on the year after giving up seven runs on 11 hits in five innings of work. Saunders Ramsey picked up his third save for MSU after recording the final out of the game.
Memphis will now look ahead to its opening Conference USA weekend against Houston. Friday's series-opener is set for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.