Baseball Edged by Memphis, 5-3
March 3, 2007
Memphis, Tenn. - The Indiana baseball team put nine hits on the board, but Memphis used a three-run sixth to rally for a 5-3 win in the AutoZone Classic. Freshmen Evan Crawford and Josh Phegley had two hits apiece in a losing effort. Tyler Tufts pitched five innings, giving up four runs, to fall to 1-1 on the season.
The Tigers got on the board in the first with a solo home run to left-center by Bill Moss, his second of the season. Indiana responded with a solo run in the third, as Tyler Cox drew a leadoff walk to begin the frame. Andrew Means followed by ripping a 3-2 pitch down the right field line for his first triple of the season, scoring Cox and knotting the game at 1-1.
The Hoosiers added a pair of runs in the top of the fourth after the first two hitters reached - Phegley on a single and Kipp Schutz on a walk. After both runners moved up a base on a passed ball, Jon Fixler moved each runner up 90 more feet with an RBI groundout to first. Cox followed by hitting a grounder to short that plated Schutz and made the score 3-1.
Memphis responded with a single run in the bottom of the fourth, but good work by Tufts and the Hoosier defense kept the Tigers from scoring more. With no one out and runners on second and third, Adam Amar ripped a scorcher down the third base line that Cox snared and gunned to first to keep the runners in place. A walk and a single plated another run and loaded the bases, but Tufts struck out Michael Murray then got Ben Grisham to fly out to right to end the threat.
The Tigers regained the lead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Amar walked to lead off the inning, then Kyle Norrid roped a double to right-center to chase Tufts from the game. Chris McCombs came on in relief of Tufts, but Joey Lieberman, the first man he faced, promptly slapped a triple past third base and into the left field corner. Liberman scored on a groundout by Murray then Tufts retired the final two hitters to get IU out of the inning down 5-3.
Indiana got two men on in the top of the eighth with one out, but were unable to plate a run as Scott McGregor of Memphis pitched his way out of the jam. Jarrett Casey came on to pitch a scoreless eighth, striking out two for the Hoosiers.
Indiana will wrap up the AutoZone Classic on Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m. CST, when it takes on Northern Iowa. The Panthers are 4-5 on the season, having defeated Eastern Illinois but falling to Memphis at the round-robin event.
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