Memphis Baseball Ends Drought versus Ole Miss with 6-5 Victory
April 13, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
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Drew Martinez went 3-for-5, Trey Wiedman drove in three runs and Ryan Fraser closed the door with a scoreless ninth as Memphis upended 15th-ranked Ole Miss, 6-5, in non-conference action Tuesday night at AutoZone Park. The win snapped a streak of 13-straight losses to Ole Miss and improved the Tigers to 15-18 on the year.
The win was Memphis' third over a top-20 team and fourth against a team ranked in the top-30. The Tigers used a healthy performance by its bullpen to clinch its first win over the Rebels since 2003. When starter Marcus Barnes was lifted after giving up three runs on four hits in just 1.2 innings, the Tiger's stable of arms went to work and held the Rebels scoreless for the next 5.2 innings.
Brandon Showmar was the first out of the pen and the freshman allowed just one hit in 1.1 innings. Ryan Holland, Marc Ashley, Dan Langfield and Chase Joiner then held Ole Miss off the board for an inning each.
Ole Miss threatened to put up a big inning, loading the bases with one out. Alex Yarbrough knocked an RBI-single to rightfield, but with a run already in, Matt Smith got caught between third and home and was eventually thrown out at the plate to slow the rally. Barnes was able to retire the next batter to end the threat.
The Tigers quickly evened the slate with its first three batters in the home half of the first. Drew Martinez pushed a bunt single to second to start the rally and Chad Zurcher followed with a single thru the right side. That set up an RBI opportunity for the Tigers top run producer Tyler Huelsing. The senior came though with an RBI-single to right centerfield.
Ole Miss regained the lead in the second on the strength of a solo home run by David Phillips. Barnes then plunked Tim Ferguson and issued consecutive walks to Kevin Mort and Matt Smith to load the bases. Barnes was then relieved in favor of Showmar, who promptly plunked Zach Miller for a 3-1 Ole Miss lead.
While the bullpen quieted the Ole Miss bats, the Tigers chipped away at the Rebels lead with a solo shot to left by Heith Hatfield in the fourth.
Memphis took its first lead of the night in the fifth behind a run-scoring single by Jacob Wilson and a sacrifice fly from Wiedman that gave the Tigers a 4-3 advantage.
Wiedman's bat provided the Tigers with two critical runs in the seventh. After Zurcher reached on an error and Huelsing singled, the duo successfully executed the double steal. Wiedman then drove a two-run single deep to the gap in right centerfield to make it 6-3.
That single proved to be the game-winner as Ole Miss rallied for two runs in the eighth to make it a one-run game.
Fraser would then deny the Rebels another chance at breaking the hearts of the Tigers as he struck out the side in the ninth to seal the win. The save was the first of Fraser's career. Ashley was the winning pitcher and improved to 1-1 on the year.
Memphis out-hit Ole Miss 10-9. Behind three hits from Martinez, the Tigers got two hits from Huelsing. The duo scored two runs each.
Memphis will now prepare to travel to Houston for a three-game weekend series versus the UH Cougars, April 16-18. Games times are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m. at Cougar Field.