Baseball Strands Eleven Runners in 6-4 Loss to Nicholls State
March 4, 2006
THIBODAUX, La. -- -
Memphis (5-3) 010 000 201 - 4 11 2 Nicholls State (4-9) 004 020 00X - 6 12 0
Nicholls State scored four runs in the bottom of the third to claim a 6-4 win over Memphis in game two of the three-game series. The Tigers did not help themselves, leaving 11 runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in two of the final three innings of play.
Nicholls retaliated by scoring the next six runs, highlighted by a four-run third. Shortstop Ted Wilke led off the inning with a single to rightfield and moved to second a sacrifice bunt by Patrick Harris. Michael Roberts lined a double into the rightfield corner to even the score at 1-1, and Jose Higuera put the Colonels on top for good with an RBI-single up the middle. Three batters later, Thomas Bourne extended the Nicholls lead to 4-1 with a run-scoring double to the gap in right centerfield.
Bourne added another RBI in the fifth on a triple that hit first base and rolled into the Nicholls bullpen down the rightfield line. He then scored on a groundout.
Michael Murray pulled Memphis to within three runs at 6-3 with a two-run single in the seventh. The Tigers rallied in the ninth, but fell short. Pinch-hitter Robbie Goss and Will Petersen led off the ninth with consecutive singles. Bill Moss scored Pat Hope on an RBI-groundout for the 6-4 final.
Nicholls starter David Burch was the winner after holding Memphis to five hits and three runs in six-and-two-thirds innings of work. Rudy Darrow worked the ninth for his second save of the year.
The Tigers and Colonels will meet up for the series finale on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday's matchup will wrap up a four-game road swing for the Tigers. The game will be broadcast live as the "Voice of Tiger Baseball", Jeff Brightwell calls the play-by-play action on WUMR, 91.7FM.