Tiger Offense Pounds Out 18 Hits in 13-7 Triumph at Austin Peay
April 18, 2007
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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Michael Murray was perfect in four at-bats and freshman Dylan Cupples struck out a career-best five batter and allowed just three hits in six innings as Memphis earned a series sweep of the Governors with a 13-7 win on Wednesday evening. Memphis is now 24-14, marking the first time since 2001 that a Tiger squad has been 10 games over .500.
Austin Peay got on the board first with a run in the opening frame, but Memphis set the tone for the contest by answering with a pair of tallies in the top half of the second. Kyle Norrid's four-pitch got the rally going and Michael Murray followed with a double into the left centerfield gap. Designated hitter Ben Grisham got Memphis on the board when he lined a two-run single to left center for two of six two-out scores for the Tigers.
In a game that showcased a lot of offense early, Memphis' 2-1 lead did not last long. Austin Peay used four hits and benefited from four wild pitches by Tiger starter Chris Novikoff to bring in four runs to reclaim a 5-2 lead after two innings of play.
The Tigers again responded with a pair of two-out runs via a towering clap of thunder of the bat of Joey Lieberman to cut the APSU lead to 5-4. Lieberman's two-run shot was his seventh of the year and 20th of his U of M career.
Memphis evened the slate on the first at-bat of the fifth inning on a home run by K.K. Chalmers. Will Petersen was then hit by a pitch and swiped second, setting up back-to-back RBI-singles by Norrid and Adam Amar as the Tigers surged ahead 7-5.
While the Tiger offense banged out 17 hits and scored 11 straight runs in the matchup, Cupples posted his strongest performance of his young career.
A run-scoring double by Norrid in the seventh made it 8-5, and RBI hits by Chalmers and Moss in the eight put the game away at 10-5.
Memphis capped its scoring with three runs on four consecutive hits, and the Govs tacked on a pair of scores in the ninth for the 13-7 final.
The Tigers return home on Fri., Apr. 20 for the first of three consecutive Conference USA series. Memphis will host Marshall in a three-game set with Friday's first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.