Baseball Extends Win Streak to Eight Games with 6-2 Decision over Arkansas State
April 12, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
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Memphis scored broke a pitcher's dual with five unanswered runs to extend its win streak to eight games in a 6-2 triumph over Arkansas State Wednesday evening at Nat Buring Stadium. The eight-game string is the longest for a Memphis team since the 1994 squad put together a streak of 16 -straight wins en route to the program's last NCAA Regional appearance.
Joey Lieberman broke the scoreless tie in the second when he launched a Joel Boeschen offering over the centerfield to put Memphis on the board 1-0. The junior college transfer's homer was his team-leading eighth of the year and his second in as many games.
A-State first baseman Elliot Jacobs, who finished with three hits, evened the slate in the fourth with a towering drive to rightcenter.
The Indians took their first and only lead of the contest in the sixth, when leadoff hitter Tyler Doke drove Tiger reliever Marcus Davis' first pitch off the right centerfield wall for a double. He later scored on a double play for a 2-1 Tribe advantage.
That would be the final time ASU scored as Memphis plated the game's final five runs. Kyle Norrid led off the hoe half of the sixth with a single through the right side and advanced to second on a groundball out by first baseman Adam Amar. Heady base running landed Norrid on third after a wild pitch squirted away from Indian catcher Drew Rogers. A passed ball allowed Norrid to score the game-tying run.
An unearned run in the seventh, by Memphis made it 3-2. Michael Murray reached on a fielding error and later came around to score the go-ahead run on K.K. Chalmers' sacrifice fly to rightfield.
Memphis put the game away in the eight, pushing across three runs for the 6-2 final. Murray again came up big with a run-scoring single, and Chalmers drove in Murray and Robbie Goss with an RBI-single to center.
Chalmers was the only Tiger to record multiple hits as Memphis managed just nine base knocks in the contest. He also had three RBI.
Tigers' reliever Drew Jaudon picked up the save for the Tigers after coming in for Marcus Davis in the eighth. Davis pitched two innings of relief and gave up one run on four hits. Tiger starter Ben Grisham was solid in five innings of work, fanning two and allowing just three hits. Indian starter Boeschen took the loss after giving up just one earned run and scattering five hits in six-and-two-thirds innings of work.
The Tigers will be back in action on Fri., April 14, when they begin a three-game Conference USA series with No. 2 Rice. First pitch for the series-opener is set 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.