Nicholls State Bats Too Much for Tigers in 12-3 Loss
March 4, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
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Nicholls State scored six runs in the fifth inning and pounded out 16 hits in the game to hand Memphis a 12-3 defeat in the Tigers' home opener Friday night. Nicholls improves to 7-4, while Memphis falls to 3-2.
A two-out, two-run blast to rightfield by Bubba Bell highlighted a three-run first inning and the Colonels never looked as they put single runs up in the second and third innings to take a 5-0 lead.
K.K. Chalmers singled and advanced to second on a throwing error, and Chad House followed with an infield single to place runners on the corners for Memphis. Jordan Tolliver then came up with a two-out single to center to plate Chalmers and cut the deficit to 5-3. However, that would be the last run Memphis would score as two Nicholls State pitchers combined to give up just one hit in the final five innings of play.
Nicholls broke the contest open in the sixth with six runs on five hits. Bubba Bell, who went 3-for-5 on the night reached on an infield single and moved to second on a fielding error by Amar at first base. Jose Higuera was then hit by a Stephen Gostkowski pitch. The Colonels then took advantage of a Tiger error and strung together four consecutive hits to go ahead 11-3, before a double play got Memphis out of the inning.
The Colonels tacked on one more run in the seventh to take a nine-run lead.
Gostkowski (1-1) took the lost after giving up 10 runs and 11 hits in 4.1 innings. Mark Fernandez earned the win for Nicholls, scattering eight hits and giving up three runs in 5.1 innings of work.
House was the lone Tiger to record more than one hit, while Patrick Hope increased his hitting streak to eight games in a 1-for-4 night.
Memphis and Nicholls will meet in game two of the series on Saturday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Nat Buring Stadium.