Late-inning Surge Lifts Mississippi State To 10-2 Win Over Tigers
April 20, 2004
Starkville, Miss. - Mississippi State used a six-run seventh inning to pull away from Memphis and take a 10-2 victory from the Tigers in non-conference baseball action Tuesday at Dudy Noble Field. MSU (23-14) designated hitter Brad Corley hit a pair of home runs including a three-run shot in the seventh to lead an 11-hit Bulldog attack.
Four Memphis (18-15) batters had two hits apiece, but the Tigers could not mount a serious threat as they left 12 on base. Chad House, Bill Moss, Kurt Welch and Adam Amar each had two hits in the contest.
MSU starter Josh Johnson (4-1) allowed just five hits and an earned run in six innings of work to record the victory while Stephen Gostkowski (1-3) pitched well for the Tigers but earned the loss after allowing three earned runs on five hits in 5.2 innings of work.
The Tigers threatened in the first as House and Welch reached on singles, but MSU rightfielder Tyler Jones took what appeared to be a home run away from Ryan Martin with a nice catch at the top of the rightfield wall.
The Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in their half of the first on a two-out, RBI-single by Brad Jones. Jeffrey Rea scored on the single to right after drawing a leadoff walk and stealing second base.
The Tigers evened the score at one in the third on a RBI-groundout by Martin. Moss led off the frame with a single and moved to third on a double by Welch.
In the Bulldog fifth, Rea came through with a two-out, RBI-single to give MSU a one-run lead. Jeff Butts put himself in scoring position after singling to right field and stealing second base. Bulldog designated hitter Brad Corley led off the sixth with a solo home run to extend the lead to 3-1.
MSU pulled away in the seventh sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs to build a 9-1 advantage. Corley belted a three-run homer and Butts added a three-run double to drive in the runs off Memphis reliever Brandon Rowan.
Amar doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Lewis in the eighth to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 9-2. The Bulldogs tacked on a run in the eighth capping off the scoring when pinch-hitter Brian LaNinfa delivered an RBI-double.
The Tigers conclude their two-game set with Mississippi State Wednesday with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.