Tiger Baseball Crushes Program Records in 19-8 Win
April 25, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Memphis (27-16) 103 3(12)0 000 - 19 18 2 Southeast Missouri State (25-17) 000 22 0 022 - 8 12 2
The University of Memphis record books were rewritten on Wednesday afternoon as the Tigers exploded for a school-record 12 runs in the fifth inning to take command of the ballgame en route to a 19-8 thrashing of Southeast Missouri in the series finale at Capaha Field. Adam Amar went 3-for-4 on the day to claim Memphis' all-time hits mark, surpassing former Tiger standout Steve Moss' 240 career hits.
The Tiger offense reset a total of four single-inning marks with the 12-run outburst. Among those new records are the 15 plate appearances, 14 at-bats and the 18 total bases. The former mark for runs scored in a single frame was 11, set by the 1978 Tigers in a 39-run route of Delta State.
Joey Lieberman hammered a pair of homers in the game--a three-run shot in the third inning, and a grand slam in the 12-run fifth--and drove in seven runs to lead the Memphis offense. Junior backstop Chris Kirkland joined Lieberman with a three-run homer to highlight the fifth inning. Kirkland was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBI.
Memphis, who pounded out 18 hits in the game, got two hits and five RBI from Bill Moss. Moss blasted his 11th home run of the year with a three-run homer in the third. In all, the U of M hit four homers and four doubles to clinch its second consecutive series sweep of SEMO. Kyle Norrid and Ben Grisham also produced a pair of base hits. Head Coach Daron Schoenrock was able to get 21 Tigers in the contest. Freshman Chase Sain knocked his first career hit in the tilt--a double to centerfield to leadoff the ninth inning.
Scott McGregor was the winner after striking out five in five innings. He surrendered four runs in eight hits. Lance Scoggins and Nathan Hill each worked scoreless innings before giving way to Chris Novikoff and Mark Jobe.