Murray State Rallies Past Memphis 14-12
April 10, 2007
Memphis (19-13) (10)00 020 000 - 12 12 0 Murray State (8-21) 2 06 000 51X - 14 20 3
MURRAY, Ky. - Memphis scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning, but Murray State stormed back to score six in the third and five more in the seventh to complete a 14-12 come-from-behind win over the Tigers Tuesday afternoon at Reagan Field.
In a game that featured a combined 16 runs and 32 hits, Memphis provided fireworks from the first at-bat of the game. A leadoff blast to leftfield off the bat of K.K. Chalmers began a string of six consecutive Tigers to reach base and score. Michael Murray was walked and Will Petersen drove and RBI-single through the left side to make it 2-0. A walk by Joey Lieberman and an infield single by Adam Amar jammed the sacks for Kyle Norrid, who blasted a grand slam over the leftfield wall for a 6-0 Tiger lead. Memphis scored a run courtesy of a Murray State error. Murray then extended his hit streak to 18 games with an RBI-double to the leftfield corner.
Murray responded with two runs on a two-run double by Jason Peyton. The Thoroughbreds made it a 10-8 game with six tallies in the home half of the third. Peyton got things going with a one-out home run to left. Tyler Pittman then was awarded a free pass on a questionable call in which he seemingly swung and missed on a full count offering from Tiger starter Dylan Cupples. The walk opened the gates for back-to-back doubles by Tyler Owen and Jamie Liedolf, followed by consecutive singles from Justin Yount, Austin Swain and Seth Hudson.
The Tigers expanded the lead to 12-8 with a pair of scores in the fifth. Eric Farrell led the frame off with a double down the leftfield line and Alex Fennell was then hit by a pitch. A balk allowed Farrell to come for the 11-8 cushion. Chalmers then drove an RBI-double to the gap in left center to score Fennell.
The Tiger pitching staff was unable to hold off the `Breds offense as MSU strung together four straight hits to plate three runs and cut the Memphis lead to just one run at 12-11. A bases loaded single by Owen gave Murray its first lead of the game, 13-12, in the seventh inning.
MSU posted three consecutive two-out singles to tack on a 14th run of the day. Murray banged out a season-high 20 hits in the contest.
Memphis loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but 'Breds reliever Michael Perconte was able to induce a 5-3 double play to end the game.
Perconte earned his first save of the year in relief of Anthony Stacy (1-0), who was the winning pitcher after limiting Memphis to just twi hits in three innings.
Chalmers, Norrid and Farrell had three hits each for the Tigers, who got hits from six of the nine starters. Norrid had four RBI and Chalmers added three.
Chris South was the losing pitcher after surrendering one run on a walk and a hit batsman in just a third of an inning of relief.
Memphis returns to "The Nat" to wrap up the midweek series tomorrow, when they host the Thoroughbreds at 6:30 p.m.