Late Surge Propels Murray State Past Tiger 10-9
March 24, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Murray State 020 040 040 - 10 14 1 MEMPHIS 240 110 010 - 9 8 3
Murray State scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to claim its first lead of the game and then held on for a 10-9 win against Memphis in non-conference action Wednesday. Memphis falls to 6-11 with its second straight loss, while Murray improves to 11-10.
Memphis got on the board with a pair of runs in the home half of the first inning. Chad House led off the frame with a single and Ryan Martin followed with a one-out walk. Adam Amar then collected one of his three hits on the night to drive in both runs.
A Lincoln Kent homer highlighted a two-run second for the Thoroughbreds, but the Tigers responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, to go ahead 6-2.
An RBI-double in the fourth inning by Amar gave Memphis what seemed to be a comfortable 7-2 advantage. However, Murray would not let the game get away, and the Breds plated four runs in the fifth to close the gap to 7-6.
The Tigers came back with a run in the fifth to extend the lead to 8-6, but it was all Murray State from then on as the Breds took advantage of a Tiger error in the eighth to load the sacks. Pinch hitter Dustin Hennigar then belted a three-run triple to the right center field gap to give Murray a 9-8 lead. Hennigar was then knocked home on a sacrifice fly to give the Thoroughbreds a 10-8 cushion.
Memphis could only manage one more run in the contest when House scored on a Jordan Tolliver ground out.
Amar led the Tigers with a three-hit night and four RBI, while House posted a pair of hit and scored three runs.
Ryan Fly took the loss after giving up four runs in relief.
Memphis will now travel to Tampa, Fla. to face USF in its second C-USA weekend of the season. Friday's contest is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch.