Chapman's Two Homeruns Help Memphis to Sweep of Alcorn State
April 3, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Catcher Phillip Chapman hit two home runs and Eli Hynes added another as the University of Memphis baseball squad earned a series sweep of Alcorn State with a 13-5 victory on Sunday at FedExPark.
Much as they did in the first two contests of the series, the Tigers scored early and often versus Alcorn State. Following a Chad Zurcher double and a single by Jacob Wilson, junior transfer T.J. Rich hit an RBI double. Chapman hit his first of two home runs of the day later in the inning to put the Tigers ahead 4-0 in the first.
Alcorn State (10-16) then knocked a homer of its own in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-1, but Memphis (16-11) answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. A lead-off triple to right field by Hynes allowed Drew Martinez to record his 12th RBI of the season.
A three-run fifth and a one run sixth tied the game at 5-5, but the Tigers regained the lead for good with a three-run bottom of the sixth inning. Following a leadoff single by Robby Graham, Hynes hit an RBI-single to put the U of M ahead 6-5. Freshman Ethan Gross singled to right field advancing Hynes to third and with runners on the corners, Martinez chopped a shot to right field scoring Hynes. Zurcher quickly stepped to the plate and zipped a single to left field, giving the Tigers a 8-5 lead.
Chapman collected his third hit of the game in the seventh, with a leadoff triple that bounced off the left field fence. Hynes then blasted his third homer in three days and it gave the U of M a 10-5 advantage.
Zurcher logged another RBI single in the eighth, this time scoring Martinez. Zurcher capped his day with a 3-for-4 day at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. Zurcher, who leads the nation in hitting with a .505 average, has two or more hits in 17 games this season. Chapman, needing a single for the cycle, hit his second home run of the day to set the final score at 13-5.
Zurcher, Martinez, Hynes and Chapman each had three or more hits for the Tigers in the game. Chapman finished the day with four RBI and Hynes added three RBI for the Tigers.
Memphis starter Clayton Gant pitched four innings and allowed one run on five hits. He struck out two and walked none and received a no-decision. Freshman southpaw Erik Schoenrock (2-2) earned the win in relief, pitching two innings. Schoenrock allowed four runs on two hits and he struck out three and walked three. Tyler Farley worked a scoreless seventh inning and allowed just one hit while striking out two. Ben Paullus shut the door in the eighth and ninth innings, allowing one hit in two innings of work.
With 13 runs in Sunday's game, the Tigers scored 40 or more runs in a three game series for the third time since 1990. Memphis scored 45 runs in the three-game series, the most in a three-game series since the Tigers scored 59 runs against Dayton in 1994.
The Tigers now shift their focus to a Tuesday night, non-conference, rivalry match-up vs. Ole Miss. First pitch for the April 5 contest is slated for 6:30 p.m. at AutoZone Park.