April 8, 2006
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Memphis scored eight runs in the third inning and rode the strong pitching of Philip Utley to a 14-4 win over the Marshall baseball team Saturday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.
The Tigers sent 12 men to the plate in the third, knocking Marshall starter Chris Koutsavlis (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) from the game. Koutsavlis (4-3) went 2.1 innings, allowing 10 runs (seven earned), 11 hits and two walks while striking out two. Utley went seven innings, allowing seven hits, four earned runs and two walks while striking out six.
Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI for Marshall. Will Petersen went 3-for-4 with four RBI for Memphis.
Memphis (18-13, 5-3 C-USA) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, scoring on an Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) throwing error and a two-run single by Petersen. Marshall countered with a run in the bottom of the second on a RBI single by Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.).
Memphis methodically scored eight in the third. After the first batter was retired, eight straight Memphis hitters reached base, with all but two reaching by a single. The last five hits were all run-scoring knocks, and the final run of the inning came on a Bill Moss sacrifice fly.
Marshall (12-15, 1-7 C-USA) tallied two in the bottom of the third on a Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) sacrifice fly and a Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) RBI single. The Herd added a run in the fourth on an Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 11-4.
Memphis finished the scoring with three runs in the seventh off Marshall's Chris Cummings
(Sr., Huntington, W.Va.). Petersen opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly. Three batters later, Adam Amar hit an RBI double and Joey Lieberman followed with a run-scoring double.
The final game of the series is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 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.