Eric Farrell's Walk-Off Single Gives Blue Team 9-8 Extra-Inning Win
Oct. 16, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Gray 040 010 110 10 - 8 Blue 003 020 001 21 - 9
Junior third baseman Eric Farrell completed the Blue team's comeback, with a bases loaded, walk-off single in the 11th to clinch a 9-8 victory in the University of Memphis baseball team's annual Blue-Gray scrimmage on Saturday.
"It's great to see the guys compete against each other from different dugouts," said Head Coach Daron Schoenrock. "I was relatively pleased with our defensive execution. My goals for the fall remain to evaluate personnel and develop the ability to play guys at multiple positions."
Farrell, who finished the day with two hits and two RBI, lined a single just inside the leftfield foul line to plate freshman Jason Miller. With the extra-inning 3-2 count in effect, Miller led off the 10th with a single. Freshman Chad Zurcher and senior K.K. Chalmers drew walks on the next two pitches to load the sacks for Farrell.
Freshman Worth Tate tossed a scoreless 11th inning to pick up the win. Senior transfer Duke Williams was the losing hurler for the Gray.
The Gray squad jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the second. Redshirt sophomore Trey Wiedman provided the big blow, belting a two-run homer. The Houston High School product finished the day with two hits and three RBI to lead the Gray team.
The Blue responded with three in the third and two more in the fifth to knot the tilt at 5-all.
Led by Tiger assistant coach Jerry Zulli, the Gray crossed single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to go ahead 7-5.
The Blue team would not be denied, however, as they rallied to tie the game at 8-8 with a pair of 10th-inning scores, forcing extra frames.
The Blue crew kept within striking distance by scoring a run in the home half of the ninth, but the Gray team answered with another tally in the 10th to reclaim its two-run cushion, 8-6.
Junior college transfer Brett Bowen had two hits for the gray team, sophomore catcher Chase Sain posting two base knocks and drove in a run. Sophomore outfielder Tyler Huelsing aided the Blue lineup with two hits and an RBI.
Senior Neil Schenk and sophomore Chris Novikoff put up solid outings in the late innings of the contest. Schenk threw a two scoreless innings for the Gray team, while Novikoff was strong in a scoreless ninth for the Blue.
The Tigers next scheduled scrimmage is the Rookies vs. Veterans game, set for Oct. 27. First pitch for the 10-inning contest is slated for 1 p.m.