Memphis Sweeps Kansas, 2-1, Claims Runner-Up in 2009 Service Academies Classic
Feb. 22, 2009
MILLINGTON, TENN -
Memphis (1-1) 110 000 000 - 2 7 1 Kansas (1-2) 000 000 100 - 1 3 0
Junior southpaw Brach Davis kept the Kansas offensive off balance, striking out six in six innings to earn his first win of the year, and freshman reliever Heith Hatfield followed with eight strikeouts in three innings as Memphis closed out action in the Service Academies Spring Classic with a 2-1 win over the Jayhawks. The win was Daron Schoenrock's 100th victory as head coach at Memphis.
Davis baffled KU hitters, limiting the Jayhawks to just a run on two hits to earn the win in his first start of the season. The lefthander fanned four of the six batters he faced and retired the first eight Kansas batters. He gave up the lone run of the day in the seventh inning. Hatfield then came on and continued the success on the mound. In his college debut, the Bartlett High School product struck out the first two batters he faced in the seventh and then sat down four Jayhawks on strikes in the eighth. The freshman closed the game out and recorded his first collegiate save with a pair of strikeouts in the ninth.
Adam McClain got the Tigers on the board in the game's second at-bat. The redshirt freshman launched a solo blast of the scoreboard in left centerfield for a 1-0 Memphis lead. Cole Shelton's leadoff double in the second set up the Tigers' second score as they took a 2-0 lead after two innings.
However, after those two scores, KU starter Cameron Selik, and relievers Thomas Marcin and Colton Murray held Memphis scoreless on five hits. Selik was the losing pitcher after giving up the two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings.
Offensively, Memphis was led by Shelton, who went 2-for-4 with a double. Brett Bowen added and a triple. Freshman Drew Martinez had a hit and has now hit safely in each of his first three games in a Tiger uniform.
The Tigers return to action on Tues., Feb. 24 when they host Murray State at Gagliano Stadium First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.