Memphis Shocks No. 14 Oklahoma, 4-3, in Series Opener
May 14, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -
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Starter Ryan Fraser gave up three hits and struck out six in six innings, while Jacob Wilson went 3-for-4 four with two RBI as Memphis shocked the 14th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners with a 4-3 win in the series opener Friday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Tigers improve to 26-24 on the year. Oklahoma falls to 35-14.
The two clubs battled a mid-May chill, but it was the potent Memphis offense the prevailed. The Tigers out-hit the Sooners 11-5 and got three of the game's five extra base hits. Chad Zurcher produced two hits. Adam McClain extended his current hitting streak to 16-straight games with a pair of singles. The sophomore added a critical two-out RBI-single in a three-run sixth.
Fraser turned in a strong outing en route to picking up his seventh win of the year. The senior allowed a run in the third without the aid of a hit, but regrouped to hold OU scoreless over the next three innings before handing the ball over to Marc Ashley. Ashley allowed two runs on two hits in 2.2 innings. With two outs in the ninth and the Sooners' top hitter, Garrett Buechele at the plate, Chase Joiner was called on and the junior induced a game-ending pop up to earn his second save of the year.
Oklahoma took the lead with a run in the third after Fraser ran into control problems. He issued a leadoff walk to Danny Black and Cody Reine reached on a catcher's interference. Buechele then coaxed a walk to load the bases and Fraser plunked Cameron Seitzer for a 1-0 OU lead.
Sooner starter Zach Neal cruised through the first five innings, giving up just four hits. But the Tiger offense got to him for three scores in the sixth. Drew Martinez led off the frame with a double to left and Zurcher reached on a bunt single to third. Wilson put the Tigers on top for good with a two-run double to the leftfield corner. Martinez scored easily and Zurcher scored all the way from first to make it 2-1 in favor of Memphis. Wilson made it 3-1 when he came in on a single by McClain.
Memphis took a three-run advantage in the seventh. Derrick Thomas drove a one-out triple off the rightfield wall and scored on a sac fly by Martinez.
The Tigers needed that three-run cushion as OU's Caleb Bushyhead blasted a solo home run to right in the eighth and Black scored on a sacrifice fly in the ninth to make it 4-3.
The Tigers and Sooners will battle it out in game two of the series on Saturday. First pitch, originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m., has been moved up to 2 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Tiger fans can listen to live coverage of the game. The "Voice" of Tiger Baseball, Jeff Brightwell will call the live play-by-play action on WUMR FM91.7.