Tiger Pitchers Hurl Three-Hitter in 5-1 Win at Arkansas State
May 18, 2005
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Memphis starter Drew Kimmelman tossed five and two-thirds innings of no-hit ball and Adam Amar went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI as the Tigers posted its second consecutive win in a 5-1 decision over Arkansas State Tuesday night at Tomlinson Stadium. With the win, Memphis posts its first back-to-back triumphs since Mar. 27th and 29th when it defeated USF and Murray State.
Kimmelman faced the minimum through five innings and retired 15 batters at one point in the contest. Kimmelman gave up one hit in his six-inning outing before giving way to the Tiger bullpen. Blake Richardson hurled two innings of scoreless relief before Drew Jaudon closed the game out with a perfect ninth for the 5-1 win. Jaudon has now held the opponent scoreless in his last six outings, 13 innings.
Memphis left seven men in scoring position in the first five innings before breaking a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the sixth. Brent Moss ignited the inning with a leadoff walk and fellow freshman Chris Newsom reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt. Moss was safe at second on a throwing error by ASU pitcher Andrew Bishop. A successful sacrifice bunt by Jordan Tolliver advanced both runners before K.K. Chalmers drew a walk to load the bases. Indian third baseman Mike Siriani misplayed Chad House's groundball as Moss was able to cross the Tigers' first run of the night. Memphis finally got the clutch hit it had been looking for when Amar's RBI-double scored Newsom and Chalmers for a 3-0 lead.
Drew Rogers broke Kimmelman's no-hit bid in the sixth when he reached on an infield single. ASU used a Tiger error to put runners on second and third before a groundball by Siriani made it 3-1.
The Tigers posted insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Amar started the rally with a one-out double in the eighth and Cory Barton provided another clutch to give Memphis a three-run cushion.
Brent Moss lined a double to gap in left centerfield and later scored when Chalmers reached on an errant throw by the Indian infield.
Along with Amar's four hits, Barton and Newsom added multiple hits in the ballgame.
Bishop took the loss on the mound for A-State after giving up three runs in an inning and a third of work.
Memphis will now return home for its final three games of the season in a Conference USA series with the Charlotte 49ers, May 19-21. First pitch for Thursday's series opener is set for 6:30 p.m. at "The Nat". Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.