Ryan Fraser Fans Career-high 12 in 6-1 Complete-Game Win over Tennessee Tech
March 20, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
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Senior right hander Ryan Fraser struck out a career-high 12 batters to lead Memphis to a 6-1 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday afternoon at FedExPark. The Tigers clinch their second-straight home weekend series win and improves to 8-11 on the season. Tennessee Tech falls to 9-10.
Fraser, who has fanned at least eight in each of his last four appearances, was dominant en route to recording his first career complete game and Memphis' first complete game victory since Brennon Martin accomplished the feat in a 7-3 win over UT-Martin on April 16, 2008. The big right hander struck out the first five batters he faced and retired the side on strikes in the first, second and ninth innings. The 12 strikeouts are the most by a U of M pitcher since Derek Hankins fanned 14 versus Louisville in 2004. It also represents the most strikeouts by a C-USA pitcher this year. Fraser tossed 4.2 innings of no-hit ball and shutout the Golden Eagles through seven.
Tennessee Tech starter Lee Henry matched Fraser early, shutting the Tiger offense out through three frames. But he issued a leadoff walk to Jacob Wilson in the fourth, and Rick Russell and Phillip Chapman followed with singles to get Memphis on the board, 1-0. Russell ended the day with two hits.
Memphis extended its cushion to two runs in the fifth on a solo home run off the FedExPark sign in left centerfield. Huelsing's homer was his second in as many games.
A home run to straight away centerfield by Zephan Guyear led off the eighth and ended the quest for a shutout. Guyear's two-out double in the fifth ended no-hit bid.
The Tigers put the game away with four runs in the eighth. Huelsing, who finished the day with two hits, led the inning off with a single. He stole second and moved to third on an errant throw. That set up an RBI-double by Wilson and Adam McClain capped the inning with a crushing three-run blast over the leftfield wall for the 6-1 final.
Memphis' offense continued to roll, banging out 11 hits. Drew Martinez, Chad Zurcher, Huelsing and Russell had two hits each. Zurchers' first inning single extended his current hit streak to 11 games.
Memphis will go for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at FedExPark.