Patrick Hope and Adam Amar Lead Tiger Baseball to 7-4 Win at UT-Martin
March 9, 2004
MARTIN, Tenn.-- - Sophomore shortstop Patrick Hope went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs, while freshman Adam Amar also went 3-for-4 and added a pair of runs scored, as the Tigers pounded out 14 hits to hand UT-Martin a 7-4 defeat Tuesday afternoon at Skyhawk Field.
UT-Martin benefited from a Tiger error in the third inning to score an unearned run for a 1-0 lead, but Memphis fought right back to tie the game in the top of the fourth when Amar reached base on a throwing error by Skyhawk second baseman Bryant Jones. Jones' throw to first sailed wide and ended up in the Tiger dugout to advance Amar to second. Hope then laced a single to centerfield to bring Amar home.
Martin regained the lead, 2-1, in the home half of the inning on a pair of singles by Salter and Spivey. Luper's sacrifice bunt pushed both runners to third and second, respectively. Salter would score on an RBI ground out by McLean.
Memphis would not be denied however, as Jordan Hart blasted his first round-tripper of the season, a two-run home run in the fifth to put the Tigers ahead for good, 3-2.
Michael Lewis knocked home Amar, who led off the inning with his second double of the game, to stretch the U of M lead to 4-2 in the sixth.
The Tigers put the contest away with three runs in the seventh. Josh Payne got things started with a one-out single to left and came around to score on Kurt Welch's double to the rightfield corner. After James Rouse reached on a Skyhawk error, Amar added his third hit to load the bases. Hope then stung a single to right to plate Welch and Rouse and give Memphis a 7-2 lead.
UT-Martin cut the score to 7-4 with two runs in the eighth when Luper followed a trio of walks with a two-run single.
Senior reliever Zach Cook (1-0) earned the win for Memphis, who sent six pitchers to the mound. Cook allowed just one hit in two innings of relief for starter Michael Novarese, who gave up one earned run and fanned four in four innings of work. Bill Edwards retired all three batters he faced in the seventh to pick up his second save in three games.
The Tigers will return to action in Millington, Tenn. when they participate in the Easton/USA Challenge on March 11th, 12th and 13th. The Tigers will face Indiana State in the opening round at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Western Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m. Memphis will conclude competition in the Challenge with a double-dip on Sunday. The U of M will take on Wake Forest at 3 p.m., followed by Missouri at 6 p.m.