Tiger Baseball Sinks ECU, 8-5
April 23, 2005
GREENVILLE, N. C. -
MEMPHIS (9-27, 3-13 C-USA) 230 110 100 - 8 10 1 East Carolina (22-15, 8-8 C-USA) 000 200 300 - 5 15 2
Memphis grabbed the lead early and never looked back en route to an 8-5 win over ECU in game two of the Conference USA series. Freshman pitcher Neil Schenk scattered 12 hits and struck out four in six and one-thirds innings of work to pick up his first collegiate win. Freshman K.K. Chalmers went 3-for-5 with his first collegiate home run. The Southaven High product was a triple shy of the cycle.
The Tiger freshmen weren't the only stars of the afternoon for Memphis. Senior DH Ryan Martin had a 2-for-4 outing and Jordan Tolliver went 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Martin knocked his career-high eighth homer of the season and 25th of his career, placing him in a four-way tie for seventh all-time. He also drove in his 99th and 100th career runs on the drive.
After being two-hit in Friday night's series opener, a more aggressive Tiger offense showed up for game two. Chad House drew a walk to leadoff the game and Tolliver followed with a single to center. An RBI-ground ball by Adam Amar put the Tigers on the board, and a sacrifice fly by Robbie Goss made it 2-0.
Memphis struck for three more scores in the second to chase ECU starter Scott Andrews after an inning and two-thirds. Andrews was saddled with the loss. The frame was highlighted by Martin's two-run bomb that hit the light pole in right centerfield.
A two-out rally in the fourth resulted in a Tiger run to put them up 6-0. Tolliver, Martin and Amar posted consecutive hits, with Amar's single through the right side driving in Tolliver.
The ECU offense came alive in the home half of the fourth. Singles by Ryan Peisel and Drew Costanzo started the rally. Jake Smith reached on an infield error to load the bases. An RBI-fielder's choice by Jay Mattox cut the lead to 8-3. Dale Mollenhauer's single scored Costanzo.
Memphis answered back with a run in the fifth when Chalmers tucked a line drive over the wall just inside the rightfield foul pole for his first collegiate home run. Chalmers came through in the seventh with a clutch RBI-double that scored Cory Barton from first and gave Memphis an 8-2 advantage.
The Pirates made a charge to cut the game to a three-run contest at 8-5 in the seventh. Three straight singles by Mark Minicozzi, Adam Witter and Peisel loaded the bases. Minicozzi came in to score on a wild pitch by Tiger reliever Drew Jaudon. A bases loaded single to left off the bat of Smith brought a pair of ECU runs in.
Amar also posted multiple hits and RBI in the contest, going 2-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in.
Memphis and East Carolina will wrap up the series with the rubber match on Sunday. The first pitch, which was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., has been moved ahead to 11 a.m. Eastern to accommodate the Tigers' travel schedule and remain in compliance with new NCAA game rules. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.