Tiger Baseball Advances With 13-2 Seven-Inning Rout of UAB
May 25, 2006
No. 4 Memphis (31-27) 300 305 2 - 13 13 0 No. 8 UAB (19-37) 000 010 1 - 2 5 4
Freshman Scott McGregor struck out seven in his third complete-game win of the year, while shortstop Michael Murray had a 3-for-4 performance with three runs scored to lead No. 4 Memphis to a 13-2 seven-inning win over No. 8 UAB. The Tiger advance in the loser's bracket of the C-USA Championships to take on the loser of the Rice-Southern Miss contest tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
McGregor, who improved to 7-3 on the year, no-hit the Blazers through four innings and the Memphis offense posted three runs in the first and third innings, before a big five-run sixth.
The Tiger offense came out with a more aggressive attitude. Will Petersen got things going in the first with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Bill Moss singled through the left side to score Petersen and put Memphis on the board. A throwing error by UAB leftfielder Steven Turner allowed Moss to move to third. Adam Amar's sacrifice fly and an RBI-single by Robbie Goss made it 3-0 after just a half-inning of play.
"Our guys attacked the balls in the zone a little bit better and we put more pressure on the defense," Memphis head coach Daron Schoenrock. "I thought it was huge that we go out and score the three spot in the first inning and we come back and hang a zero. I thought it was huge for McGregor to go out and hang some zeros early in the game."
Memphis extended the lead with three runs in the fourth. Goss led off the frame with his second hit of the day. An RBI-single by Michael Murray, a throwing error by the UAB defense and a run-scoring double by K.K. Chalmers made it 6-0.
Ryne Lovdahl broke up McGregor's no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the fifth. He came around to score the Blazer's first run of the afternoon on a fielder's choice ground ball by J.R. Bond.
The Tigers answered with a five-run sixth that put the contest out of reach. Memphis sent 10 batters to the plate and knocked out five hits in the frame. Trey Wiedman doubled to the left centerfield gap and Murray followed with an infield single. Will Petersen drove both runners in with a double to the rightfield corner. The Tiger junior score on the next at-bat on Moss' single through the left side to give Memphis a 9-1 advantage. Junior third baseman Kyle Norrid capped the inning with a two-run double to right.
A wild pitch allowed Murray to score and Will Petersen's RBI double gave Memphis a 12-run lead.
UAB battled to score a run in the seventh for the 13-2 final.