April 7, 2006
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Memphis pushed across three runs in the 11th inning to earn a 7-4 victory over the Marshall baseball team Friday in Conference USA play at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. In the first-ever meeting between the programs, the Tigers rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the ninth inning before the two teams went to extra innings.
Jeremy Slone (Jr., Paintsville, Ky.) pitched into the ninth inning for Marshall and tied a career high with eight innings pitched. He allowed just two earned runs, four hits and a walk while fanning six.
Nick Wolle (Jr., Coatesville, Pa.) took the loss for Marshall and fell to 0-3 on the season. Matt Yokley (1-1) pitched three innings out of the bullpen to earn the win for the Tigers.
Marshall (12-14, 1-6 C-USA) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) led off with his first career triple, and Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) plated him with a groundout to shortstop.
The Herd pushed another run across in the third inning. Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) led off with a single and moved up on a Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) sacrifice bunt. One out later, Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) singled to left to score Mason.
Memphis (17-13, 4-3) cut the lead in half in the fourth inning. With one out, Kyle Norrid hit a triple down the right field line. He scored on an Adam Amar sacrifice fly.
Marshall got the run back in the sixth inning. Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn) led off with a triple off the glove of center fielder K.K. Chalmers. Stieger followed with a sacrifice fly to push the lead back to two, 3-1.
Memphis scored three runs in the ninth without the benefit of a hit. Norrid was hit by a Slone pitch to lead off, and Marshall brought on Brian Knippelmeyer (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.), who walked Amar. After a sacrifice bunt, Michael Murray was hit by a pitch. Josh Irvin walked to force in a run and Cory Barton was hit by a pitch to bring in the tying run. Wolle replaced Knippelmeyer and coaxed Chalmers to hit a sacrifice fly before getting Peterson to fly out to end the inning.
Marshall tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) led off with a single and Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) followed with a walk. Mason moved the runners over with a sacrifice and an out later, Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) was intentionally walked. Yokley then uncorked a wild pitch to score Vincent with the tying run.
The Tigers scored three in the 11th inning to take the lead for good. Murray led off with a single, then stole second and scored on an Irvin double to center. The Tigers tacked on two more runs on a two-run single by Bill Moss.
Marshall and Memphis continue their three-game series at 2 p.m. Saturday at Appalachian Power Park. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the single-A West Virginia Power, and one ticket is good for admission to both games. Tickets for all Conference USA games at Appalachian Power Park are on sale now by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or logging on to www.herdzone.com.