Tigers Hold Off Marshall 9-8
April 30, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Memphis baseball team exploded for nine runs in the first three innings and held on to a 9-8 victory over Marshall in game two of a doubleheader at FedExPark.
The Tigers gained an early lead with a two-run second. Phillip Chapman led off the inning with a single and Eli Hynes singled up the middle. After Adam McClain sacrifice the runners to second and third, Bryan Picou grounded to short. The Herd shortstop Kenny Socorro decided to throw to third for the out, but the throw was low and trickled to the fence allowing two runs to score and put the Tigers ahead 2-0.
Marshall used a walk and a base hit to put runners on first and second to start the third. After Victor Ramos sacrificed the runners to scoring position, Isaac Ballou lined out to third for the second out. With the runners in scoring position, Kenny Socorro was walked to load the bases, but Tiger starter Clayton Gant struck out Rhett Stafford looking to end the inning.
Memphis collected three RBI-doubles down the leftfield line to post a five-run third inning. Chapman drove in one run with the first of three doubles in the bottom of the third. McClain would come to the plate two batters later and find space just inside the chalk to drive in two more runs. The Tigers took a 7-0 lead after a Bryan Picou double down the leftfield line scored two more runs.
With two outs in the inning, Memphis added two more runs to widen the margin to 9-0. Drew Martinez singled to left to drive in Memphis’ eighth tally of the night and Jacob Wilson singled to drive in another for the U of M.
The Herd got back in the game in a hurry with a seven-run fourth inning. Marshall used five singles, two walks and a hit batter to plate seven runs in the inning. Tiger reliever Jonathan Van Eaton was summoned out of the bullpen to keep the lead for Memphis. Van Eaton struck out Gray Stafford to end the top half of the fourth with the potential tying run stranded on the basepaths.
Marshall blasted their sixth home run of the doubleheader in the fifth to cut the lead to one. Thor Meeks hit the solo home run to left field to make the score 9-8. After Ballou tripled down the left field line, Socorro was walked to put runners on the corners for Rhett Stafford, who popped out to end the frame.
After a leadoff single by Victor Gomez, Marshall inserted pinch runner Justin Maynard to run at first base. He wasted no time in moving to scoring position, stealing second base as the potential game-tying run. With Maynard on second base, designated hitter Steven Ross struck out looking for the first out. Gray Stafford hit next and struck out swinging for the second out. With the runner still standing on second and a one run lead, Paullus would record another strikeout to seal the win for the U of M.
Paullus earned the win on the mound, striking out five and allowing just one hit in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Martinez, Wilson and Chapman paced the Tiger offense with two hits each. Picou led the U of M with three RBI on the game and McClain added two RBI.
The Tigers return to action on Friday, May 6 in New Orleans, La. First pitch at Tulane is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.