Baseball Drops Fourth-Straight, 11-9 to Austin Peay
March 29, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Austin Peay (15-8) 311 103 110 - 11 11 5 Memphis (12-12) 030 500 100 - 9 8 2
Austin Peay centerfielder Cody Youngblood went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI, and closer Brad Daniel thwarted a bases loaded one-out Memphis rally to notch his fourth save of the season as the Governors handed Memphis its fourth consecutive loss, 11-9 at Nat Buring Stadium, Wednesday evening. The Tigers fall to .500 for the first time this year.
Daniel entered the game for David Vicini, who had hit Will Petersen and Bill Moss to lead off the inning. After giving up an infield single to Kyle Norrid, The Govs closer was able to work out of the jam and retire the side.
The Governors got on the board early and often, plating runs in the each of the first four frames. Tiger's starter Lance Scoggins struggled with his command early, walking two of the first three batters he faced. Jake Lane's RBI-single to right scored Youngblood for a 1-0 lead. A sacrifice fly from Will Hogue and a single to right from James Ray capped a three-run first.
Youngblood blasted a solo home run in the second to put APSU on top 2-0, but Memphis answered with three tallies in the second to close to within a run at 4-3. The Tigers took advantage of a pair of Austin Peay errors in the inning.
APSU scored single runs in the third and fourth for three-run cushion.
Memphis erupted for five runs in the fourth to take an 8-6 lead. Leadoff walks by Michael Murray and Ben Grisham preceded an infield single by Cory Barton. Murray scored on a fielder's choice groundball by K.K. Chalmers. Grisham was allowed to score on Gov second baseman Brandon Munsey's errant throw to first. Chalmers then scored to tie the contest when APSU catcher Matt Brown's attempt to throw Will Petersen out a second on a double steal, sailed into to centerfield. Petersen then scored on a single by Moss. Amar capped the inning with an RBI-double to rightfield
The lead was short-lived as Austin Peay used a three-run double in the sixth by Youngblood to reclaim the lead at 9-8. They then tacked on runs in the seventh and eighth for the 11-9 final.
Rowdy Hardy picked up his third win in two years against Memphis. He improves to 5-0 on the year. Matt Yokely was the loser for the Tigers after giving up two runs in an inning-and-a-third.
The Tigers will now prepare to travel to Hattiesburg, Miss. For a Conference USA weekend series against Southern Miss. First pitch for Friday night's series-opener 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.