Baseball Holds Off Murray State for 11-8 Triumph
March 29, 2005
MURRAY, Ky. -
MEMPHIS (8-13) 280 000 100 - 11 11 3 Murray State (13-12) 110 213 000 - 8 10 6
Memphis benefited from four Murray State errors to score eight runs in the second inning en route to an 11-8 win on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action. Memphis improves to 8-13 with its second consecutive win.
After a Murray run in the first, Memphis took advantage of four Thoroughbred errors to break open the contests with eight runs in the second and push ahead 10-1. A House single through the right side followed walks by Alex Fennell and Chris Newsom. Fennell scored on the single, but Murray State rightfielder Lincoln Kent misplayed the ball and it rolled under his glove and to the rightfield wall. The error allowed Newsom to score from first and House to advance to third. A fielding error by shortstop Phil Lopez allowed Tolliver to reach and House to score. Kent made his second error of the inning when an Adam Amar flyball glanced off the end of his glove allowing Tolliver and Martin to score. RBI-singles by Robbie Goss and K.K. Chalmers brought Amar and Goss home, respectively. An RBI-ground out by Fennell capped the Tigers' scoring for the inning.
Murray answered back with a run in the second and two more in the fourth. Dustin Hennigar's fourth-inning RBI-single to left cut the Tiger lead to 10-3. The ball rolled under House's glove and to the wall on the play, allowing Hennigar to score.
The Breds plated their third unanswered run, in the fifth inning. Alex Stewart blasted a double off the top of the centerfield wall and moved to third on a groundout. He then scored when Amar mishandled a groundball off the bat of Tyler Pittman.
MSU continued to chip away at the Memphis lead in the sixth after Austin Swain began the frame with a single. Tiger reliever Greg Rees then hit Lopez and DH Chaz Ebert looped a single to center to load the sacks. Seth Hudson lifted a sac fly to leftfield and Stewart drove in Lopez on a bases-loaded fielder's choice groundout to close the Memphis lead to 10-7. Ebert then scored on a wild pitch to close the gap to just two runs.
Errors continued to plague the Breds in the seventh. Memphis' first two batters reached and Fennell then laid down a bunt single. However, Thoroughbred reliever West Harris' throw to first sailed wide to allow Patrick Hope to score from second. Murray committed six errors in the contest.
Five Tigers posted multiple hits as Memphis scored in double digits for the fifth time this season. Martin drove in a pair of runs and House, Tolliver and Hope each scored three runs.
Chris South picked up his second win of the year, while Ryan Fly closed the game with two scoreless innings to record his second save. Murray State starter Jake Ociesa took the loss after giving up 10 runs in one and one-third innings of work. Ociesa gave up just four earned runs in a hard-luck outing.
The Tigers will take the diamond for the final game of this five-game road swing on Wed., Mar. 30 when they face Austin Peay. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.