Memphis Cruises to 10-1 Win over Murray State in Home Finale
May 12, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Murray State (24-22) 100 000 000 - 1 9 2 Memphis (25-24) 042 003 01x - 10 12 0
Heith Hatfield fanned six in five innings and five Memphis relievers combined to toss four shutout innings as Memphis cruised to a 10-1 win over Murray State in the home season finale at FedExPark Wednesday evening. Memphis improves to 25-24 on the year with the win.
Hatfield was dominant in his five-inning start, allowing just one first-inning run on six hits. He handed the ball to the bullpen, which induced double plays in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Chase Joiner, Dan Langfield and Dane Sharp all tossed scoreless frames. Michael Wills got the first out in the ninth and Ben Paullus closed the game out with two strikeouts. The Tigers totaled 10 strikeouts in the game.
While Hatfield and the bullpen shut the Thoroughbreds down, the Tigers offense picked up where it left off on Tuesday night, banging out 12 hits, including six extra base hits. Drew Martinez led the Memphis offense with three hits and three RBI. Chad Zurcher and Jacob Wilson collected two hits each. Eight of the nine Tiger starter hit safely in the game.
Trailing 1-0 in the home half of the second, Memphis exploded for four runs and never looked back. Wilson got the scoring barrage started with a double to leadoff the bottom of the second. Adam McClain followed with a single and Phillip Chapman tied the contest with a groundball to third. But Murray third baseman Cory Hodskins made an errant throw to first allowing Chapman to reach and advance to second.
Memphis then took advantage of the error. Martinez drove a two-run triple to center and Zurcher came through with a run-scoring single to make it 4-1
The Tigers extended the lead to 6-1 in the third on a solo home run by Rick Russell and a pair of doubles by Wilson and Hatfield.
Tyler Huelsing highlighted a three-run sixth with a two-run single and Memphis tacked on a final run in the eighth for the 10-1 final.
Murray State starter Marc Harmon was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs on four hits in two innings.
Memphis will now begin a six-game road swing to round out the 2010 regular season. The Tigers will head to Norman, Okla., to take on the 14th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in a three-game weekend set, May 14-16.