Memphis Routes Arkansas State 15-5 in Midweek Marathon
April 21, 2010
Memphis, Tenn. -
Arkansas State (22-15) 003 101 000 - 5 10 3 Memphis (17-20) 032 640 00x - 15 17 1
Freshman catcher J.D. Wallace made his first collegiate start a memorable one, going 3-for-5 with four RBI to lead Memphis to a 15-5 beating of Arkansas State at FedExPark on Wednesday evening. With the win, the Tigers earn a split of the season series with A-State to improve to 17-20 on the year. Arkansas State falls to 22-15.
The rookie catcher produced a two-run single in the third that put Memphis on top for good and then came up with RBI-singles in the fourth and fifth innings.
Memphis, who won its second consecutive midweek game, sent eight pitchers to the mound, with Jonathan Jones working the final two-thirds of the second inning to pick up his first win of the season. Senior Marc Ashley drew his first start of the season and his first start since May 16, 2009. He gave up one hit in two scoreless innings. Marcus Barnes struggled in the second and was touched up for three runs on one hit. The southpaw walked three, before handing the ball to Jones. Chase Joiner held A-State scoreless in 1.1 innings. Ben Paullus worked a scoreless seventh and Dan Langfield fanned four in the final two innings.
The Tigers' offense scored all 15 runs in the second thru fourth innings, including striking for six scores in the fourth stanza.
Drew Martinez continued his torrid pace, with four hits and four RBI. Trey Wiedman drove in a pair in a two-hit night. Rick Russell, Adam McClain and Derrick Thomas all scored three runs for the Tigers, who out-hit the Red Wolves 17-10.
Memphis will now prepare for a critical C-USA series versus Tulane this weekend.