Brennon Martin's Complete-Game Takes Down No. 18 Rice, 5-2
March 26, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
No 18 Rice (12-11, 0-1 C-USA) 000 100 001 - 2 10 2 Memphis (10-12, 1-0 C-USA) 200 100 02X - 5 10 2
Senior left-hander Brennon Martin scattered 10 hits and struck out five to help Memphis stun No. 18 with a 5-2 win in the C-USA opener for both teams Friday night at FedExPark. Martin's victory was the second consecutive season-opening win over the Owls. Memphis, who won for the fifth time in six games, improves to 10-12 overall and 1-0 in C-USA play. Rice falls to 12-11, 0-1 in C-USA.
The complete-game performance was the second of the year for Memphis and the third of Martin's career--his last coming in a 7-3 win over UT-Martin on April 16, 2008. Martin held Rice to just two runs--an earned run in the fourth and an unearned tally in the ninth. The senior tossed 128 pitches to help the Tigers snap a six-game home losing streak to the Owls. Martin defeated Rice 10-7 in Houston last year.
Memphis got off to its usual fast start after Drew Martinez and Chad Zurcher led off with singles in consecutive at-bats. Martinez's single extended his hit streak to 11 games, while Zurcher's streak increased to 14-straight. Martinez made it 1-0 when he scored on an errant pickoff attempt. Rice starter Boogie Anagnostou had Tyler Huelsing picked off, but his throw to second was behind Rick Hague and trickled into centerfield. Huelsing advanced to third on the error and scored on an RBI-single by Adam McClain.
Rice cut the lead in half and threatened to tie in the fourth. Diego Seastrunk singled and Steven Sultzbaugh followed with an RBI-triple to right centerfield. Sultzbaugh slid in safely at third, but darted for home when the relay to third skipped away from Tiger third baseman Alan Mathis. However, Martin in backup position and was able to throw Sultzbaugh out at the plate.
McClain helped Memphis put up an answer-back run in the home half of the fourth, leading the inning off with a single. He moved to third on a single by Trey Wiedman and scored on a groundout by Robby Graham.
With a 3-1 lead in hand, Wiedman connected for the big blow. The senior belted his third home run of the year--a two-run shot to left to give Memphis a four-run cushion. Wiedman led the Tigers offense with a 3-for-4 effort and two RBI.
The Memphis offense banged out 10 hits and got multiple-hit performances from Martinez and McClain.
Rice starter Anagnostou was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings.
With the forecasted rain on Sunday, the Tigers and Owls will play a doubleheader at FedExPark with game one's first pitch set for 1 p.m.