Veterans Best Rookies 6-3 in Tiger Baseball Blue-Gray Game
Oct. 9, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
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Relief pitcher Neil Schenk tossed a pair of shutout innings and the Veterans Squad crossed three runs in the bottom of the fifth to claim a 6-3 win over the Rookies in the University of Memphis baseball team's annual Blue-Gray Scrimmage.
The three-run fifth broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Vets the lead for good. Senior Bill Moss put the Blue team on top with a sacrifice fly and senior Kyle Norrid highlighted the inning with a two-run double to make it 4-1.
The Gray team cut the Blue lead to 4-2 in the top half of the seventh on an RBI-single off the bat of outfielder Chris Newsom.
Senior Ben Grisham dealt the Rookie Squad a big blow in the eighth, belting the game's lone home run to put the Veteran's ahead 5-2. An RBI-triple by Alex Fennell expanded the Blue's lead to 6-2, before The Gray team crossed a final tally in the top of the 10th for the 6-3 final.
Freshman Zach Helton and Chris Kirkland each had two hits and an RBI for the Rookies. Redshirt freshman catcher Steven Watson drove in a run.
Walk-on pitcher Nathan Hill was tagged with the loss.
"It was great to see the Rookie Team compete and stay in the game against an experienced Veteran Squad," said head coach Daron Schoenrock. "I thought it was a pretty well-played game for the most part. If this pitching staff continues to learn to pound the strike zone, and we make routine plays in the field, this could be a strong club. Our focus now is to keep the effort and intensity solid through the remaining three weeks of the fall season. With nine Tigers out of fall practices due to injury, it gives our coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate our depth."
Memphis returns 19 players, including seven position starters, from last seasons team that went 32-28 and posted the nation's second-best winning turnaround.