Kyle Norrid Homers Twice to Fuel Baseball's 15-1 Win Over SEMO
March 18, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
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Junior third baseman Kyle Norrid had a career day, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBI as Memphis raced to a 15-1 win over Southeast Missouri State Saturday afternoon. The Tigers earn the series sweep and improve to 11-6 on the year.
The Tigers' 11th win of the season places them 37 games ahead of the 2005 pace. It also brings them to within two wins of last year's season total.
Norrid got things going early, blasting his first home run as a Tiger to open the home half of the second inning. Memphis went up 2-0 after Adam Amar singled to rightfield and advanced to second on a throwing error. Two batters later, Michael Murray drove him in on a single to rightfield.
Memphis sent nine batters to the plate and extended its lead to 6-0 in the third. K.K. Chalmers drew a walk to lead off the inning and Will Petersen and Bill Moss were each hit by Anthony Maupin pitches. Norrid stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and lined a two-run double into the leftfield corner. Following an RBI-single by Amar, designated hitter Josh Irvin drove Norrid home on a sacrifice flyball to leftfield.
The Tigers continued to increse its lead on Norrid's second round-tripper--a two-run blast to left. RBI doubles by Chalmers and Moss gave Memphis a 10-0 cushion.
The U of M tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
Tiger starter Neil Schenk earned his first win of the year and just the second of his career after firing six solid innings of two-hit ball. The southpaw fanned three.
Maupin took the loss after the Memphis offense touched him up for six runs on five hits.
The Tigers will wrap up the three-game homestand with the annual tilt with Ole Miss at AutoZone Park. Memphis men's basketball head coach and 2006 Conference USA Coach of the Year, John Calipari is scheduled to throw out the game's first pitch.