Errors Send Baseball to 11-6 Loss Against Middle Tennessee
March 8, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- -
Middle Tennessee (6-3) 320 000 312 - 11 15 2 MEMPHIS (4-4) 011 012 010 - 6 10 5
Middle Tennessee (6-3) broke a 5-5 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Memphis 11-6 in non-conference action Tuesday at Nat Buring Stadium. Memphis (4-4) has now lost four consecutive games to Middle Tennessee.
Errors by the Memphis outfield helped fuel the three-run inning that put the Blue Raiders ahead 8-5. After Marcus Taylor drew a walk to lead off the inning, Michael McKenry singled to center. However, a throwing error allowed Taylor and McKenry to advance to third and second, respectively. MT leftfielder Adam Warren then drove Taylor in on a single to right. McKenry advanced to third on the play, but was able to score on another errant throw from the Tiger outfield. Pinch hitter Wayne Kendrick capped MT's scoring in the seventh with an RBI single.
For the second straight game, the Tigers fell behind early after Middle socred three runs in the first and crossed two more in the second. The Blue Raiders got on the board in the first after leadoff hitter Eric McNamee singled up the middle and then scored on an RBI double by Nate Jaggers. Taylor and McKenry each ripped RBI hits to put MT ahead 3-0. The Blue Raiders benefitted from a Tiger fielding error to plate a pair of unearned runs in the second for a 5-0 cushion.
The Tigers rebounded with tallies in the second, third and fifth to cut the Blue Raider lead to 5-3 and knock MT starter Tyler Copeland off the mound. Memphis got an RBI single from Chalmers in the second, and a run-scoring double off the rightfield wall by Adam Amar. The Tigers plated the third run of the contest on a sacrifice fly by Amar that scored Chad House, who reached on a Blue Raider miscue.
The Blue Raiders loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but Memphis reliever Tim Senter (0-2) managed to induce a double play to get the Tigers out of the jam. Senter would get the loss after three runs, two of which were unearned, in an inning and two-thirds of work.
Memphis knotted the contest at 5-5 in the home half of the sixth inning after Blue Raider reliever Aaron Wallus walked Kyle Moffitt, hit Jordan Tolliver and walked Hope and House in consecutive at-bats. Ryan Martin followed with a clutch RBI-single through the right side to score Tolliver and tie the game.
House ripped and RBI single to leftfield to pull Memphis within three runs at 9-6, but Middle responded with a pair of runs in the ninth to claim the 11-6 triumph.
Wallus (2-0) picked up the win for MT despite a rough outing in which he gave up a pair of runs and walked three batters.
Memphis starter Nick Bradshaw was solid in his first outing since a March 17, 2004 start against Ole Miss. Bradshaw fanned seven and gave up just two earned runs in three innings.
Memphis and Middle Tennessee will wrap up the series on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Nat Buring Stadium