Tiger Bats Struggle in 5-3 Loss to Arkansas-Little Rock
March 1, 2006
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -
Memphis (4-2) 021 000 000 - 3 4 1 Arkansas-Little Rock (8-5) 003 200 00X - 5 14 0
Arkansas-Little Rock scored five unanswered runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 5-3 win over Memphis, Wednesday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field. Memphis drops to 4-2 on the year, while UALR improves to 8-5.
Memphis got the bats going early, as Ben Grisham drew a bases-loaded RBI-walk and Cory Barton then plated Robbie Goss with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Memphis looked to take control of the contest with a run in the third that put the Tigers ahead 3-0.
The Trojans evened the slate at 3-3 on four singles in the third inning. Drew Gray and Ryan Gotcher knocked consecutive singles. The duo then scored on RBI hits by Jacob Stover and Matt King.
UALR claimed the lead in the fourth when Gray and Gotcher again teamed up to hurt Tiger pitching. Gray doubled to the left centerfield gap, and Gotcher followed with an RBI-triple to the right centerfield gap. Stover put extended the Trojan lead to 5-3 with a run-scoring line-drive single to right.
The Arkansas-Little Rock offense pounded out 14 hits, while starter Shane Landry (1-1) held Memphis to just four hits in 133 pitches to earn the win. The southpaw tossed 8.2 innings before giving way to Adam Miller, who recorded the final out for the save. Gotcher led the Trojans offense with four hits, two runs and an RBI. Stover and Gray posted three hits each.
Robbie Goss was the lone Tiger hitter to tally multiple hits, finishing the afternoon going 2-for-4. Norrid, Grisham and Barton had Memphis' three RBI.
Stephen Gostkowski was touched up for five runs on nine hits in four innings of work. The dual-sport athlete took the loss in his first outing of the season. Reliever Drew Jaudon was solid in relief, holding UALR scoreless over the final four innings of play.
The Tigers will now make the trip south to Thibodaux, La. to play a three-game series versus Nicholls State, Mar. 3-5. First pitch for Friday's series-opener is set for 3 p.m.