Tiger Defense Ties NCAA Record with Seven Double Plays in 12-1 Win over Murray State
April 11, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Murray State (8-25) 000 000 100 - 1 7 2 Memphis (20-13) 402 311 010 - 12 13 0
The Memphis defense accomplished a feat that had not been achieved since 2003, and had been pulled off just twice since 1985 en route to a 12-1 win over Murray State, Tuesday evening at Nat Buring Stadium. The Tigers turned double plays in each of the first six innings and then again in the ninth to tie the NCAA record and set a new program mark with seven double plays in a single game.
The seven double plays is a new Memphis baseball record and is just the fifth time the feat has been completed in NCAA history. Long Beach State was the last team to turn seven double plays, doing it in 2003. Prior to that, the last time seven double plays had been turned in a single game was back in 1985 when Old Dominion turned seven against Western Kentucky. Miami has recorded seven DP's twice, back in 1976 and 1971.
Memphis starter Lance Scoggins cruised to his second win of the year and faced the minimum through six frames, and saw just two batters over the minimum in his eight innings of work. He added a career-high eight strikeouts to a strong 93-pitch outing. He benefited from inning-ending double plays in each of the first six innings.
The Tiger defense was not the only facet of the game where Memphis excelled as the offense hammered out 13 hits, including nine extra base hits, in its eighth-straight win.
The Tigers scored early and often, beginning with a four-run first that was powered by Joey Lieberman's team-leading seventh home run. The junior made it 4-0 with a long blast to left.
Petersen and Amar teamed up again for the next two Memphis runs. Petersen plated Cory Barton with an RBI-double in the fifth and Amar launched his fifth round tripper to make it 11-0 in the sixth.
Thoroughbred's starter Jon Newton was the losing pitcher after being roughed up in two innings. He gave up six runs on five hits.
Memphis will now prepare to host Arkansas State tomorrow. First pitch is slated 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.