Tigers Win, 6-5, on Cory Barton's 10th Inning Walk-Off Blast
April 17, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
#30 TCU (24-12, 11-4 C-USA) 101 010 030 0 - 5 10 1 MEMPHIS (9-24, 3-12 C-USA) 000 010 400 1 - 6 10 0
Junior catcher Cory Barton blasted a walk-off home run over the leftfield wall to lead off the home half of the 10th inning and give Memphis a thrilling 6-5 win over #30 TCU in Sunday's C-USA series finale between the two schools. The walk-off job by Barton was the Tigers' first since Kurt Welch blasted on game-ending homer to defeat Cincinnati 3-0 on May 15, 2004. The win snaps Memphis' 11-game losing skid.
In just the second come-from-behind win of the year for Memphis, the Tigers fell behind early as TCU posted a run in the first and another in the third to take a 2-0 lead midway through the contest. Matt McGuirk's first-inning double down the rightfield line set up an RBI-single by Keith Conlan. The Horned Frogs went up by two on Chad Huffman's solo shot to left.
The Tigers battled to cut the lead in half on Patrick Hope's solo home run to left. Hope's home run was the second of the season.
Memphis would trail until the seventh, when they exploded for four runs in a two-out rally. Barton ignited the rally with a lined double to the gap in left centerfield. The momentum swung all the way to the Tigers' side on the next at-bat. Freshman K.K. Chalmers lined a single through the left side to score Barton, tying the game at 2-2. Matt McGuirk came up to attempt to throw Barton out at the plate, but the ball got under his glove and rolled to the leftfield wall. The speedy Chalmers was able to come all the way around to score on the three-base error, giving Memphis its first lead of the series at 3-2. Walks by Chad House and Ryan Martin sandwiched a single by Chris Newsom to load the sacks. Adam Amar then drew a bases-loaded walk and Robbie Goss reached on an RBI-infield single to give Memphis a 5-2 cushion.
TCU answered back on an eighth-inning three-run blast to straight-away center by Conlon to tie the game.
Chalmers and Barton each recorded two hits for Memphis in the emotional win. Tiger starter Stephen Gostkowski earned a no-decision, but was solid in putting Memphis in position to win the game. The junior spread seven hits and four runs over seven innings of work. Reliever Drew Jaudon picked up his second win of the year and Memphis' first win in the month of April, after holding TCU off the board in three innings. Chad Underwood was the losing pitcher for the Frogs.
Memphis will now face a grueling six-game road trip that begins with a two-game set with Middle Tennessee on Tues., Apr. 19 and Wed., Apr. 20. Tuesday's game is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Listen to the game's live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell calling play-by-play action on WUMR 91.7 FM.