Tiger Baseball Sets Tone Early In Season Opener
Feb. 20, 2002
MARTIN, Tenn. - Fueled by a six-run explosion in the first inning, the Tigers cruised to a 13-5 victory over intrastate rival Tennessee-Martin at Skyhawk Field this afternoon.
Before the heavily anticipated debut of Northwest tranfser Joel Posey even got underway, the junior right-hander was already staked to a six-run advantage. Senior first baseman Jay Fik started the scoring with a monstrous three-run jack to right, scoring sophomore second baseman Michael Lewis and junior right fielder Paul Cookman.
Dlugach, who was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in his collegiate debut, was one of three Tigers with three hits. Reuer was 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI and sophomore third baseman Kyle Scott was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Payne and Cookman both had two hits as the Tigers tallied 16 hits on the day.
In his Division I debut, Posey allowed three runs (one earned) and fanned five. Because Posey worked only four innings, the win went to senior left-hander Ryan O'Malley. O'Malley allowed only two runs on four hits over four innings. The Springfield, Ill., native tied a career high with seven strikeouts and at one point retired eight-straight Skyhawk batters.
Senior left-hander Gabe Council fired a hitless ninth and had a strikeout in his U of M debut.
The Tigers are back in action this weekend when they compete in the Service Academies Classic at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.
Memphis 13, UT-Martin 5 Memphis 600 043 000 -- 13 16 1 UT-Martin 000 302 000 -- 5 8 2 Records: Memphis (1-0), UT-Martin (1-3) Win: Ryan O'Malley (1-0) Loss: T.J. Allen (1-1)