Indiana Beats Memphis in 10
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - After pushing across three runs in the top half of the 10th inning, the Indiana baseball team held on for a 9-8 victory over Memphis in its second game at the Service Academy Classic on Saturday. The Hoosiers are now 2-0 in the Classic and 3-0 overall this season, while the Tigers fall to 1-1 in the Classic and overall.
IU did all of its damage in the 10th inning with two outs. Junior Reggie Watson reached on an error to jump-start the rally. Up next, junior Jay Brant was hit by a pitch, and senior Joe Kemp delivered an RBI single for the Hoosiers' first tally in the frame.
Junior Ryan Parker kept the line moving, lacing a single to left field. Brant scored and Kemp followed after an error by left fielder Chad House, putting Indiana up 9-6.
The Tigers plated a pair of runs to start the bottom half of the 10th, but sophomore Clint Crosier nailed down the final three outs, picking up the save in his first career appearance as a Hoosier.
Kemp earned the victory, his first since the 2002 season. Senior Brian Lortz started for the Hoosiers, holding Memphis to a pair of earned runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched. In his first collegiate appearance, freshman Chris McCombs tossed 2 2/3 innings in relief, allowing one run on one hit with a couple of strikeouts.
"We feel very fortunate to win," said Indiana head coach Bob Morgan. "We did not play as well as we did in our first two ballgames. Despite some mental mistakes, our guys played hard, persevered and won the game. We are pleased to get the win tonight."
It appeared IU had the game in hand heading into the ninth inning following a two-run rally in the eighth. Trailing 5-4, freshman Tyler Cox was hit by a pitch, forcing home junior Zach Boswell. Watson then delivered a single to right, plating sophomore Josh Richardson to put the Hoosiers up 6-5.
However, the Tigers knotted it up at 6-6 in the ninth when Ryan Martin doubled down the right-field line, scoring Jordan Tolliver.
Indiana kicked off the scoring with two runs in the first inning. Brant doubled to right, and Kemp blasted his second home run of the season to make it 2-0.
Memphis sliced the lead to 2-1 in the second, but the Hoosiers responded with two more in the third. Kemp scored on an error by Tiger starter Neil Schenk, and senior Corby Heckman brought home Parker with a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers took the lead back with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings before IU reclaimed the advantage in the eighth inning.
Kemp ended the night 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Parker went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Brant added two runs in addition to going 2-for-5, and Watson wrapped the game up 2-for-6 with one RBI, one run and one stolen base.
The Hoosiers close out the Classic tomorrow morning with a showdown against Navy. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m. CST.
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