Fraser's Complete Game Effort Leads Memphis Past Houston, 8-2
April 17, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas -
Memphis (16-19; 6-5 C-USA) 000 100 115 - 8 11 0 Houston(15-18; 3-5 C-USA) 002 000 000 - 2 9 0
Tiger right-hander Ryan Fraser scattered nine hits and struck out six en route to picking up his second complete-game victory of the year as Memphis handed Houston an 8-2 defeat Saturday evening at Cougar Field. The win, that improved the Tigers to 16-19 overall and 6-5 in C-USA action, was the U of M's first-ever against Houston at Cougar Field.
Fraser allowed just two runs in the third and worked masterfully out of jams in the third, seventh and eighth frames.
The Tiger evened the score in the seventh when Phillip Chapman led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a single by Adam McClain. With two outs, Memphis got a clutch hit from leadoff hitter Drew Martinez that plated Chapman to tie things at 2-2.
Russell came through with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to give Memphis a 3-2 advantage and the Tigers then erupted for five runs in the final inning to put the game away.
Chapman, who finished the night with two hits, again ignited the rally with a single to leftfield. A sac bunt by McClain, followed by a flared single to left by Robby Graham placed runners on the corners for Martinez. The sophomore chopped a slow, short grounder between the mound and plate. Chapman raced home and slid in just ahead of the throw to make it 4-2. Jacob Wilson provided Memphis with insurance offense when he lined a two-run single through the left side and Russell trailed with a two-run double to left center for the 8-2 final. Russell finished the night 2-for-4 and led Memphis with three RBI.
The Tiger offense again out-hit the Cougars, this time 11-9. All nine Memphis starters hit safely in the game.
Houston starter Michael Goodnight was the tough-luck loser. After holding Memphis scoreless for the first three innings, he gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out four.
Memphis will battle for a series win on Sunday morning. With the impending inclement weather, the series finale, originally scheduled for 1 p.m., has been moved to 10:30 a.m.