Memphis Baseball Defeats Marshall, 5-3
April 20, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Marshall (14-21, 0-9 C-USA) 001 000 110 - 3 11 2 Memphis (25-14, 9-4 C-USA) 202 100 000 - 5 10 0
Memphis got another solid Friday night performance from senior right hander Ben Grisham as he scattered 10 hits and struck out six in 7.2 innings to lead the Tigers past Marshall 5-3 in the series opener. Grisham was aided by Joey Lieberman, who went 2-for-4 and blasted his eighth homer of the year. Memphis has won six straight, including nine of its last 10 league games.
Matt Yokley came on in relief of Grisham and notched his seventh save of the year. Yokley fanned two in 1.1 innings of relief and now sits in a tie for third on Memphis' single-season saves list.
The Tiger offense got out of the gates quickly, behind Lieberman's two-run shot in the first. Lieberman made it 3-1 with and RBI-single and Kyle Norrid followed with a sac fly to rightfield in a two-run third.
After Memphis took a 5-1 lead, Marshall staged a rally with runs in the seventh and eight innings to cut the Tiger cushion to 5-3 before Yokley came on to shut the door.
The Herd out hit the Tigers 11-10 in the contest. Michael Murray and Adam Amar had two hits each for Memphis. Murray has hit safely in 24 of the last 25 games, while Amar's two hits moved him to within six hits of the all-time record at Memphis.
The Tigers and Thundering Herd will take the field for game two of the three-game set tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 2 p.m. at Nat Buring Stadium.