Tiger Baseball Falls 10-8 In 11 Innings To Austin Peay
March 5, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team had battled back from deficits twice in the game, but falling behind for the third time in the 11th-inning was too much for the Tigers to overcome as the visiting Austin Peay Governors escaped Nat Buring Stadium with a 10-8 victory Wednesday. Memphis pounded out 13 hits led by shortstop Brent Dlugach who went 3-for-5 at the plate, but the Governors had 17 hits of their own including a trio of home runs.
"We made some mistakes pitching-wise today and they hit them," Memphis head coach Dave Anderson said. "That was the difference in the game. We scored eight runs and you should win the game when you score that many runs."
The Tigers trailed 2-0 before they even came to plate after the Governors plated a pair of runs in the top of the first off of Memphis starter Zach Cook. Shortstop Travis Beech drove home the two runs when he flared a two-out single over Dlugach's head at shortstop.
Memphis could not muster any runs in its opening frame, but the bats came to life in the second when the Tigers took their first lead of the game at 4-2. Junior Kyle Scott and freshman John Moran each had RBI doubles in the inning, but the big blow came off the bat of sophomore Jordan Hart. The Tigers' designated hitter blasted a two-run homer deep over the centerfield wall for his second long ball of the season. Moran's double was his first-collegiate hit and he finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI.
APSU then touched up Cook for two more runs in the fourth inning to tie the score at four on a solo home run by first baseman Chris Hyde and a RBI single by centerfielder Matt Turriglio.
The Tigers reclaimed the lead on their second home run of the game. This one came compliments of leadoff hitter Chad House. The solo home run gave Memphis a 5-4 lead and forced APSU head coach Gary McClure to make a pitching change. Starter Devin Thomas was relieved by Shawn Kelley after allowing five earned runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work.
Memphis relievers Daniel de Armas and Stephen Gostkowski held the Governors off the scoreboard in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Tigers' fourth pitcher of the game Corey Kines did not have as much success.
The Governors got a big two-out hit from Beech that plated three runs for APSU in the seventh inning. Kines nearly pitched out of his bases loaded jam, but the flyball hit by Beech trickled out of Tiger rightfielder Josh Payne's glove as he crashed into the outfield wall nearly making a spectacular catch. Beech finished the contest 4-for-6 with four RBI.
The Tigers answered right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth to grab an 8-7 lead. Moran once again delivered an RBI-double, this time driving in a pair of runs including the go-ahead one. Catcher Kurt Welch drove in the first run of the frame with a sharp single to left field.
APSU catcher A.J. Ellis tied the game at eight with a solo home run off Kines in the ninth. The Governors took the lead for a good on a two-run homer by their designated hitter Tommy Smith. Memphis had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the 11th, but reliever Scott Steinbrecher (2-0) got Kevin House to flyout to rightfield for the final out of the game. Steinbrecher allowed two runs and five hits in four innings of work. Sophomore Michael Novarese (0-2) took the loss for the Tigers allowing two runs in 2.2 innings.
Memphis travels to Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend for a three-game series with the UNLV Hustlin' Rebels (10-6). Game times are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (CT), Friday; and 3 p.m. (CT), on Saturday and Sunday.