The Memphis Tigers entered Friday night's baseball game against Oklahoma just a game over .500 for the season. They left L. Dale Mitchell Park with a 4-3 victory over the Sooners and two games above .500. The Tigers used strong pitching and timely hitting to derail the Sooners.
The Tigers outhit the Sooners 11-5, used a big 6th inning to get an advantage and then held off a Sooner rally. Oklahoma's only lead of the night came in the bottom of the third inning. With only one out the Sooners managed to load the bases allowing Danny Black to score when Cameron Seitzer was hit by a pitch.
Oklahoma held the 1-0 lead until the sixth inning but that's when the shutout ended. Drew Martinez led off the inning for the Tigers with a double. Then Chad Zurcher advanced him to third when he successfully reached base on a bunt. Two batters later Jacob Wilson doubled to left field scoring Martinez and Zurcher. Then two more batters later Adam McCain singled to center field scoring Wilson and building a 3-1 lead for the Tigers. Memphis added another run in the 7th, when Derrick Thomas scored on a sacrifice fly, to push the lead to 4-1.
Oklahoma would try to rally in the 8th and 9th innings but would come up short. Caleb Bushyhead hit a single shot home run in the 8th and then Danny Black scored on a sacrifice fly in the 9th but that would be all of the offense that Oklahoma could muster.
First pitch in game two is set for 2:00 pm.