Baseball Out Dueled by Austin Peay, 9-6
March 31, 2005
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
MEMPHIS (8-14) 202 010 001 - 6 9 3 Austin Peay (13-10) 001 131 12X - 9 11 3
Junior Jordan Tolliver and freshman Chris Newsom each hit their first career home runs, but Austin Peay managed to plate runs in six of their eight half-innings to claim a 9-6 non-conference win over Memphis, Wednesday evening at Raymond C. Hand Park.
After taking a 4-0 lead through two-and-a-half innings, the Tigers were outscored by the Govs, 9-2, over the final six innings of action. APSU remains perfect at home in seven games.
For the third consecutive game Memphis got on the board first. The Tigers broke the scoring column first with a pair of runs in the opening inning. Tolliver ignited the rally with a one-out double just inside the third base bag. Ryan Martin followed with drive to left centerfield that was dropped by Will Hogue. Tolliver put Memphis on the board on a wild pitch and Adam Amar knocked Martin in on a single through the left side.
Tolliver produced the Tigers' next two runs, in the third inning, on a two-run home run over the centerfield fence. The round tripper was Tolliver's first as a Tiger.
Austin Peay cut the Memphis advantage to 4-1 after Will Hogue looped a double just inside the leftfield foul line to break up starter Blake Richardson's string of eight straight retired batters. Cody Youngblood then belted an RBI-double to left, driving Hogue in.
The Govs closed the gap in the home half of the fourth inning as Richardson walked Brett Luther and then hit Jared Walker. DH Chris Hyde then lined a double into the rightfield corner to bring Luther in. With runners on second and third and just one out, the Governors looked as if they would produce a big inning. However, Richardson was able to fan the next three batters to put the threat to rest.
Memphis won the answerback inning on the first batter of the inning, when Newsom launched a Devin Thomas offering over the rightfield wall to put the Tigers ahead 5-2.
APSU plated three runs in the fifth to tie the contest at 5-5. Jake Peterson led off the frame with a double off the centerfield wall. After a one-out walk, a Tiger error allowed the Govs to score to close the Tiger lead to 5-3. An RBI-single by Walker followed by a sacrifice fly by Hyde tied the game.
The Govs made it four unanswered runs, in the sixth, to claim its first lead of the contest after Tommy Smith led off the inning with a triple off the wall in centerfield and then scored on a groundball out. APSU used a pair of Memphis errors to extend its lead to 7-5 in the seventh, and plated a pair of insurance tallies in the eighth for the 9-5 final.
The Tigers got a bases-loaded walk by Martin to come within three runs with two outs in the ninth.
Memphis will now return home for a four-game homestand that begins with a three-game Conference USA series with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, Apr. 1-3. First pitch for Friday's series opener is set for 6:30 p.m. at "The Nat". Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.