April 9, 2006
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Memphis scored two runs in the ninth inning to force extra innings, and then scored once in the 10th to top the Marshall baseball team 9-8 in 10 innings Sunday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. The Tigers finished off a three-game sweep of the Thundering Herd.
Marshall (12-16, 1-8 C-USA) hit three home runs in the contest, as Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio), Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) and Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.) all went long. Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) and Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) each went 3-for-5 for Marshall.
Brian Chrisman (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) started for Marshall and tossed five-plus innings, allowing eight hits, five earned runs and three walks while striking out seven. Brian Knippelmeyer (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) took the loss and fell to 1-1 on the year after giving up a run and two hits in 1.2 innings of work.
Drew Jaudon (3-1) earned the win for Memphis after tossing the final two innings. Michael Murray went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored to pace the Tigers.
Marshall took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. With one out, Frederick singled and Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) was hit by a pitch. Stieger followed with a three-run homer to left field, the Herd's first home run in six games at Appalachian Power Park. The Herd was not done, as Russell singled and Mason doubled to move Russell to third. Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) followed with an RBI groundout.
Memphis (19-13, 6-3 C-USA) took the lead with a five-run third inning. With one out, Will Petersen hit a two-run homer to center field. Bill Moss followed with a single and one out later, Adam Amar walked. Joey Lieberman doubled to score Moss, and Murray gave the Tigers the lead with a two-run double.
Marshall knotted the score in the fourth inning. With one out, Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) singled, and one out later he stole second base. Murphy scored him with a single to center.
The Herd re-took the lead the following inning on a two-run blast to right-center by Ptacek, his first home run of the season.
Memphis came back with a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Cory Borton, but Marshall got it right back in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run by Frederick.
For the second time in the series, Memphis had a ninth-inning rally to send the game to extra innings. With one out, K.K. Chalmers and Petersen hit back-to-back doubles off Brendon Bump (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.) to cut the lead to 8-7. After a single by Moss, Kyle Norrid hit a game-tying single.
Memphis took the lead for good in the 10th inning. Murray led off with a single and then stole second. One out later, Alex Fennell singled to plate Murray and give the Tigers a 9-8 advantage.
Marshall hits the road at 6 p.m. Tuesday to face Morehead State in non-conference play. The Herd returns to C-USA play at 8 p.m. Friday at UAB.