Baseball Sweeps Season Series with UT-Martin
May 16, 2007
UNION CITY, Tenn. -
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Senior Kyle Norrid went 3-for-4 four and drove in four runs to lead Memphis to a 5-3 win over UT-Martin Tuesday night at Elam Stadium. The win was the 33rd of the year for the Tigers--the most regular season wins for a Memphis team since 1994. The win also eclipses the Tigers 2006 win total.
After waiting through a two hour, 23-minute rain delay, Memphis got off to a fast start with a pair of scores in the opening frame. Michael Murray extended his hit streak to 12 games with a single to centerfield and moved to third when Skyhawks leftfielder Kevin Holt was unable to handle a single by Adam Amar. Amar advanced to second. Norrid then lined the first pitch he saw up the middle for a 2-0 Memphis lead.
Jacob Smothers puzzled the Tiger offense for the next five innings, holding Memphis scoreless on just two hits, until the seventh. Consecutive singles by Bill Moss and Amar chased Smothers from the contest and set the table for Norrid. With two outs, the Tiger senior lined a double over a leaping Lance Renton at shortstop and into the left centerfield gap off Skyhawks reliever Chadwick Cameron. Moss scored to tie the game, and Amar came around all the way from first for a 4-3 Memphis lead. Josh Irvin made it 5-3 with a double to the rightfield corner.
Tiger starter Brennon Martin cruised through four innings of no-hit baseball before UT-Martin Holt punched a doubled just past a diving Kyle Norrid at third base. Martin plunked Shayne Martin and walked Chad Green to load the bases. Kyle Dudley put the Skyhawks on the board with a sacrifice fly.
In the top half of the sixth, Martin took advantage of a Tiger fielding miscue to tie the contests at two apiece and then took a 3-2 lead on a triple by Holt.
Martin gave up just four hits and fanned a career-high six batters to improve to 3-1 on the year. Fellow redshirt freshman Garrett Hachtel allowed just one hit over the final three innings to earn his first collegiate save.
Smothers worked 6.1 innings, scattered seven hits, walked five and struck out four in a losing effort.
Memphis will now prepare for its final Conference USA regular season series. The Tigers will travel to Houston to take on the second-ranked Rice Owls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 17-19). First pitch for Thursday and Friday's contest is set for 7 p.m. Saturday's regular season finale is slated for a 2 p.m. start.