Baseball Wins Second-Straight 11-Inning Game, 7-4 over Marshall
April 7, 2006
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CHARLESTON, W.V - Memphis scored three runs without a hit to tie the game in the top of the ninth and then got three more runs in the 11th inning to complete the comeback and defeat Marshall, 7-4, in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The win was the third series-opening win and gives the Tigers their first back-to-back Conference USA wins since 2004.
Reserve Josh Irvin came up with the eventual game-winning hit in the top of the 11th when he followed a single by Michael Murray with a long ground rule double over Marshall centerfielder Adam Ptacek's head to put Memphis on top 5-4. Alex Fennell then reached on a bunt single and Irvin advanced to third on an errant throw by Herd catcher Rich Russell. Bill Moss made it 7-4 with a bloop single to rightfield.
Memphis forced extra frames after taking its first lead of the game in a three-run ninth inning. The Tigers, who scored all three runs without the aid of a hit, used a pair of walks and three hit batsmen to go ahead 4-3. Kyle Norrid was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Marshall reliever Brian Knippelmeyer came on in relief and promptly walked Adam Amar before pinch hitter Patrick Hope successfully executed the sacrifice bunt. Knippelmeyer hit Murray, walked Irvin with the bases loaded and hit Robbie Goss in successive at-bats to knot the game at 3-3. K.K. Chalmers gave Memphis the 4-3 lead with a sac fly to rightfield.
MU scored on a wild pitch to send the game into extra frames.
Marshall starter Jeremy Slone struck out six in a four-hit eight-inning performance, but earned a no-decision. Slone faced just six batters over the minimum through eight and allowed just one extra base hit.
Marshall got out on top with single runs in the second and third. Roddy Stieger led off the second inning with a triple and scored on a ground out to shortstop. A leadoff single by Brent Mason got the Herd started in the third. Rich Russell drove him in with a single to leftfield for the 2-0 advantage.
The Tigers struggled through the first three innings, recording just one hit on a single by Will Petersen. But a one-out triple by Norrid got things rolling. The junior third baseman scored on Amar's sacrifice fly in the next at-bat to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Another leadoff triple by Marshall led to its third run of the contest. This time its was Brendan Murphy's lined drive to left centerfield that fell just out of the reach of a diving Chalmers and allowed the Marshall DH to race all the way around to third. Murphy scored on a sac fly by Stieger to make it 3-1.
Memphis managed just eight hits in the contest after recording at least 10 hits in each of the last five games. Chalmers was the lone U of M hitter with multiple hits for the Tigers, who win their fourth-straight. Memphis stole five bases.
Freshman Matt Yokley held the Herd to one run in three innings of relief action to notch his first career win. Neil Schenk was effective in five-and-one-thirds innings of relief, allowing just one run on three hits.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow with the first pitch set for 2:05 at Appalachian Power Park. Listen to live action as "The Voice of Tiger Baseball", Jeff Brightwell calls the play-by-play action on WUMR 91.7FM.