Baseball Drops Pair At Service Academies Classic
Feb. 23, 2002
Memphis dropped two games at the Service Academies Classic at the USA Baseball Complex in Millington, Tenn., this afternoon. The Tigers suffered a heartbreaking 9-7 loss to Villanova in game one and could not get on track in the nightcap, dropping a 11-7 decision against Navy.
The Tigers committed a combined eight errors and surrendered 10 unearned runs in the two losses.
Villanova 9, Memphis 7
The Tigers were trailing 6-2 midway through the eighth until Scott stroked a two-out single to left with the bases loaded to bring the Tigers within two at 6-4. Senior Jay Fik was inserted as a pinch-hitter following Scott's at bat and sent an inside slider over the right field wall, giving the Tigers a 7-6 advantage heading into the bottom half.
Junior reliever Josh Cartwright kept the score even in the eighth, but surrendered a game-winning three-run homer to Villanova's Dustin Downs and the Wildcats escaped with a 9-7 victory.
Freshman right-hander Michael Novarese allowed five runs (three earned) over 3.2 innings in his first collegiate start. Junior Nick Rogers gave up one run in 3.1 before turning things over to Cartwright in the eighth. The Tigers committed three errors in the fourth inning, resulting in a two-run Wildcat rally .
Navy 11, Memphis 7
Down 11-3 in the bottom of the eighth, freshman catcher Chris Godwin blasted a grand slam to bring the Tigers within four, but it was too little, too late, as the Midshipmen held off Memphis' late rally for the win.
Godwin and sophomore third baseman Kyle Scott each had two hits for the Tigers. Scott is enjoying a four-game hitting streak and leads the team in hitting at a .667 (8-for-12) clip. Sophomore outfielder Josh Payne and freshman shortstop Brent Dlugach both singled to maintain four-game hit streaks of their own.
Payne also fired a hitless eighth inning for the Tigers.
The Tigers will play Air Force in the S.A.C. Consolation game at the USA Baseball Complex tomorrow morning at 10 p.m.