Baseball Blanks Alabama, 2-0
Feb. 21, 2006
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Memphis got two runs in the first inning and it would be all the Tigers would need to win their season opener and to hand Alabama their first home shutout loss since 1995.
Playing in their first game of the season, Memphis scored two runs in the top of the first inning on Robbie Goss' two-out, two-run single up the middle and three Tiger pitchers made it hold up for a 2-0 win over the University of Alabama baseball team.
The shutout loss snapped Alabama's modest four-game winning streak and marked the first time since April 21, 1995 -- a span of 379 games -- that the Crimson Tide had been shutout at the Joe. UAB, another Conference USA foe, was the last team to shutout the Crimson Tide with a 5-0 victory 11 years ago.
Memphis left fielder Will Petersen led off the game with a single up the middle and moved to second when second baseman Bill Moss drew a one-out walk. Third baseman Kyle Norrid, a transfer from Tennessee, blooped a single into right center field to load the bases. After Adam Amar struck out, Goss singled up the middle to score Petersen and Moss with the only runs Memphis would need.
Alabama starter Miers Quigley (0-1) struggled through a 35-pitch first inning and left the game in the fourth after he issued a pair of walks. Quigley worked 3 2/3 innings and allowed two runs and four hits, with three walks and two strikeouts in his second start of the year.
The Crimson Tide bullpen -- Jake McCarter, Jordan Davis and Josh Copeland -- blanked Memphis over the final 5 1/3 innings, but the Crimson Tide could not generate any offense. The UA bullpen has not allowed an earned run in its last 31 1/3 innings this season.
Memphis starter Marcus Davis, a transfer from VCU, blanked the Crimson Tide over 4 2/3 innings.
He worked out of a two-out jam in the first inning that saw UA second baseman Evan Bush reach on an error and take third on senior catcher Kody Valverde's double. Davis then got freshman Ryan Rhoden to tap back to the mound to end the inning.
Davis allowed a two-out single to junior shortstop Greg Paiml and a double to junior center fielder Emeel Salem in the fifth inning before exiting the game with two outs. Memphis lefty Dusty Davis got out of the jam when redshirt freshman Kyle Moore's fly ball was caught by center fielder K.K. Chalmers.
Alabama (5-3) never threatened again.
Dusty Davis (1-0) retired the first 10 batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk to Moore in the eighth. Phillip Utley retired the Crimson Tide in order in the ninth for his first save of the season.
The Crimson Tide managed only five hits in the loss, including two by Valverde.
Memphis had seven hits, including three from Norrid.