Baseball Unable to Hold Early Lead, Falls 14-6 at Austin Peay
March 28, 2006
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
Memphis (12-11) 000 150 000 - 6 5 4 Austin Peay (14-8) 000 053 60X - 14 15 3
Memphis scored the first six runs of the game, but Austin Peay scored 14 unanswered runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to claim a 14-6 win in the first game of a home-and-home series between the two schools. The Tigers dropped their third-straight game with the loss.
Austin Peay began the comeback in the home half of the fifth inning, with a leadoff home run by Jacob Schroeder. Consecutive singles by James Ray and Tommy Smith set up an RBI fielder's choice groundout by Rafael Hill to cut the Memphis cushion to 6-2. Consecutive infield errors by the Tiger allowed two more unearned runs to cross for a 6-5 game.
Four-straight singles by the Governors offense led to three runs in sixth frame and an RBI-single by Smith started a six-run seventh inning that gave APSU a 14-6 cushion. The inning was capped by a two-run double off the bat of Jake Lane.
The Tigers benefited from Austin Peay errors to put together a five-run fifth inning. Joey Lieberman's third home run of the year--a three-run blast over the centerfield fence--highlighted the Tigers' big inning. Memphis sent nine batters to the plate and scored all five runs with two outs thanks to Governor miscues. After an infield error allowed Alex Fennell to reach, Will Petersen reached on a fielder's choice groundball to first base. Michael Murray was hit by a pitch and Kyle Norrid walked to load the bases for Adam Amar. The junior came through with a two-run single to right to score Petersen and Murray.
Memphis broke through first in a pitcher's dual. Amar reached base on a fielding error by the Austin Peay infield. Joey Lieberman followed with a groundball to third. Amar was forced out on the play, but Governor second baseman Andrew Clement's throw to first sailed high and into the U of M dugout, allowing Lieberman to advance to second. The Tigers capitalized on that error as Ben Grisham lined a single to right centerfield to bring Lieberman home for a 1-0 Memphis lead.
Josh Langley (1-1) was the loser, while APSU reliever David Vicini (2-0) earned the win.
The Tigers will head back to Memphis to host Austin Peay in the finale of the home-and-home series tomorrow at Nat Buring Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Listen to live action as "The Voice of Tiger Baseball" Jeff Brightwell calls the play-by-play action on WUMR 91.7FM.