Langfield's 11 K's Launches Memphis Past Houston 6-3
May 19, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dan Langfield pitched a complete game and struck out 11 batters to lift the University of Memphis baseball team (28-24, 11-11 C-USA) to a 6-3 victory over Houston (24-29, 11-11 C-USA) on Friday at FedExPark.
Langfield allowed three runs in the first two innings, two earned, but scattered eight baserunners over the next seven innings to collect his first win on the mound since Feb. 25 at Kennessaw State. The sophomore hurler retired 21 of the last 29 batters he faced and allowed 10 hits on the game.
A leadoff single and a walk spelled early trouble for the Tigers. After a strikeout, Houston plated two runs on a single to right-center by Caleb Ramsey and he would move to second after the ball was bobbled in right field. With a 2-0 lead in the first, the Cougars would strand the runner on second following consecutive groundouts. Houston used a leadoff single in the second to take a 3-0 lead.
Memphis got on the board in the second with an RBI-single by Eli Hynes. Phillip Chapman doubled with one out in the frame and came around to score on the single by Hynes. An error by the Cougar right fielder put Hynes on third, but he would be thrown out at the plate attempting to score after the ball got away from the pitcher between pitches.
Ford Wilson hit a one-out double down the leftfield line in the bottom half of the third to start another Memphis rally. Drew Martinez followed with a double down the leftfield line and Wilson rounded third and attempted to score, but was thrown out at the plate. After Chad Zurcher walked and wild pitch moved Martinez to third, Jacob Wilson hit a towering pop up to shallow center. The pop fly was dropped by the Cougar’s second baseman and allowed Martinez to cross the plate and cut the lead to 3-2. The Tigers would get caught in a run down with runners at the corners to end the inning.
A solo home run in the bottom of the fifth by Ford Wilson tied the game at 3-3. The solo shot down the left field line was the first career home run for Ford Wilson and the first home run for the U of M since April 30. T.J. Rich came up with runners on the corners and two outs and roped a single through the right side to give the U of M a 4-3 lead. A bases loaded single by J.D. Wallace drove in two more runs and the Tigers gained a 6-3 lead.
Ford Wilson led the Tigers with three hits on the night and four other Tigers collected two hits. Memphis out-hit Houston 14-10 on the game. Zurcher collected his 28th two-hit game on the season and improved his NCAA-leading average to .462. Memphis will go for the series victory on Friday with game two of the series set for 6:30 p.m. at FedExPark.