Baseball Wins East Carolina Series with 14-6 Decision
May 19, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
East Carolina (32-23, 10-13 C-USA) 001 013 100 - 6 12 1 Memphis (29-26, 12-11 C-USA) 301 003 34X - 14 20 3
The University of Memphis picked up where it left off Thursday night by pounding out 20 hits en route to a convincing 14-6 win over East Carolina, Friday afternoon. The win gives the Tigers their first-ever series win over the Pirates and secures at least a fifth-place finish in the Conference USA standings.
It did not take the Tigers long to get out of the gates. K.K. Chalmers drew a walk to leadoff the Memphis half of the frame. Will Petersen, Bill Moss and Adam Amar each singled in the next three at-bats. Moss' single up the middle scored Chalmers to put Memphis on the board 1-0. Joey Lieberman capped the inning with a two-run double to right centerfield to make it 3-0. Lieberman now has six RBI in the series.
Memphis answered a third-inning home run by ECU catcher Jake Smith with a run of its own on a fielder's choice groundball by Kyle Norrid.
The Pirates then staged a rally that produced the game's next four runs to give the Pirates a 5-4 lead. An RBI-triple by Dale Mollenhauer cut Memphis' lead to 4-2 in the fifth. ECU erupted for three runs in the sixth to chase Tiger starter Scott McGregor. Adam Witter led off the frame with a single to right and moved to second when Tiger rightfielder Josh Irvin mishandled the ball. A run-scoring double by Ryan Tousley made it 4-3. Another defensive error by the Tigers allowed ECU to plate its fourth run of the game and an RBI-single by pinch-hitter Adam Hodges gave the Pirates their first and only lead of the game.
The U of M responded in a big way in the home half of the sixth when Petersen followed singles by Michael Murray and Cory Barton with a three-run blast over the centerfield wall. The drive was Petersen's ninth of the year and gave Memphis the lead for good at 7-5.
It was all Memphis in the seventh and eighth innings as the Tiger offense batted around in both frames. A solo shot to leftfield by Amar gave the Tigers an 8-5 cushion and RBI's by Murray and Barton made it 10-6.
Memphis put the finishing touches on the win with four runs in the eighth for the 14-6 final.
All nine Tigers starters recorded a hit in the contest, while eight finished with multiple hits. Barton led the Tigers with a 4-for-5 performance and three RBI. Amar added three hits and Petersen drove in four.
McGregor cruised through 5.2 innings but got into trouble in the sixth before giving way to reliever Neil Schenk, who tossed 3.1 innings of relief to earn the win. ECU starter Shane Mathews took the loss
Memphis has now won five-straight C-USA games and will go for its second consecutive series sweep tomorrow in the regular season and series finale. Eleven Tiger seniors will be honored for their contributions to the Memphis baseball program before the game. First pitch set for 1 p.m. Listen live to "The Voice of Tiger Baseball" Jeff Brightwell as he calls the play-by-play action on WUMR FM 91.7. Pre-game coverage begins at 12:45 p.m.