Baseball's Win Streak Halted in 7-6 Loss at Mississippi State
March 25, 2010
STARKVILLE, Miss. -
Memphis (9-12) 301 100 010 - 6 12 0 Mississippi State (12-9) 100 011 40x - 7 8 0
Memphis carried a two-run lead into the seventh inning, but saw Mississippi State score four runs in the frame to claim a 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Tigers in non-conference action at Dudy Noble Field/Polk-DeMent Stadium Wednesday evening.
The U of M led 5-1 after four, but the State used the longball to get back into the game. Pinch hitter Jett Butler began the comeback with a solo shot over the rightfield wall in the fifth. Russ Snead belted a solo homer to left in the sixth and Jonathan Ogden ignited the four-run seventh with a solo homer to make it a 5-4 game.
After Ogden's blast, Memphis pitching struggled to find an out. Butler and Luke Adkins singled. Connor Powers, Cody Freeman, Russ Snead and Ryan Collins each worked walks in consecutive plate appearances. The four walks, combined with a pair of passed balls resulted in four runs that gave Mississippi State a 7-5 lead.
Memphis cut the deficit to one run at 7-6 in the eighth after Derrick Thomas drew a two-out walk and Martinez followed with a single. Zurcher's single through the right side plated Thomas.
The Tiger got out of the gates fast with three scores in the first. Martinez stretched his hit streak to 10 games with a leadoff single. After a single by Tyler Huelsing, Jacob Wilson got the club on the board with a two-run double off the centerfield wall. Trey Wiedman's single gave Memphis a three-run cushion.
Wiedman struck again in the third, when he gave Memphis a 4-1 lead on an RBI-single.
The Tigers took a 5-1 lead with a run in the fourth after Zurcher increased his hit streak to 13-straight games with a triple to the right centerfield gap. He scored on a double by Huelsing.
The Tiger offense out-hit the Bulldogs, 12-8, in the contest. Martinez, Zurcher, Huelsing, Rick Russell and Wiedman all had two hits. Wilson and Wiedman drove in two runs. Wilson scored twice. Memphis was unable to take advantage of scoring opportunities, stranding seven of its nine runners in scoring position.
Mississippi State sent seven pitchers to the mound. The fifth, Chad Girodo, earned the win after holding Memphis to just one hit in two innings. Memphis reliever Marcus Barnes was tagged with the loss. He allowed four runs on three hits in just one-third of an inning. Tiger starter Ben Paullus was solid for the second-straight start. The sophomore held MSU to three runs and scattered five hits in six innings. He struck out five.
Memphis will open C-USA play this weekend when it hosts No. 18 Rice at FedExPark. Friday's series opener is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matchups are scheduled for 2 p.m. and Noon, respectively.