JONESBORO, Ark. (5-8-2007) — On a night when the Arkansas State baseball program celebrated the dedication of Tomlinson Stadium’s new Barton’s Baseball Deck, the Memphis Tigers celebrated with a 10-5 victory over the Indians.
The evening’s activities began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the Barton’s staff along with ASU staff and administrators, celebrating the increasingly popular addition to the Indians’ home ballpark, then moved to the field, where ASU hosted its regional rival.
The Tigers (30-18) broke a 3-3 deadlock with a run in the fourth inning, then kept the Indians (19-29) off the scoreboard until the final inning to earn the non-conference victory as ASU stranded 12 baserunners on the night.
Memphis jumped out to a1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single from first baseman Adam Amar, but ASU answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-out solo home run from shortstop Ryan Hudgins to tie the score at 1-1.
The Tigers added a pair of runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead, but the Indians again managed to tie the score with a two-out rally, getting a two-run double from first baseman Brandon Eller, who went 4-for-5 on the night to lead ASU at the plate.
Memphis added a run in the fourth, another in the fifth, then stretched its lead to 6-3 with another run in the seventh. Catcher Chris Kirkland drove in the Tigers’ fourth inning run, a sacrifice fly from first baseman Joey Lieberman sent home the run in the fifth, and a solo home run from third baseman Kyle Norrid in the seventh gave the Tigers the 3-run advantage.
With Memphis leading 6-3 in the seventh, ASU loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame, but could not get a run home, and the Tigers pulled away with four runs in the ninth to go up 10-3.
ASU left fielder Tyler Doke drove in a run with an RBI triple in the ninth, then came home on a ground-out by third baseman Guy Brown to cut the Tiger lead to 10-5, but that was as close as the Indians could get.
Brennon Martin (2-1) picked up the win for the Tigers giving up three runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings of work. Martin struck out four ASU batters and walked none.
Jett Jones (1-3) took the loss for ASU, surrendering five runs on seven hits. Jones struck out four Tigers and walked two.
In addition to Eller’s four hits on the night, the Indians got two hits each from Hudgins, Doke, Josh Yates and Aaron Ferguson.
Memphis was led by Michael Murray’s three hits.
The Indians and Tigers will wrap up the two-game series tomorrow night at Memphis. Freshman Ryan Blackburn (1-2) is scheduled to get the start for Arkansas State, while senior Lance Scoggins (0-2) will start for Memphis. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Nat Buring Stadium.