Five-run Ninth Inning Lifts Memphis To 8-4 Victory Over Indiana State
March 11, 2004
Millington, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team extended its winning streak to five games with a come-from-behind 8-4 victory over Indiana State in first round action of the Easton/USA Challenge at USA Stadium Thursday. Trailing by a run entering the ninth inning, the Tigers (8-2) rallied to score five runs on seven hits in the final frame.
"That is the type of game we are going to play a lot of this season, "Memphis head coach Dave Anderson said. "Our pitching kept us in the game and we had a chance to win it at the end."
Five Tigers had multiple hits as Memphis equaled its season-high with 14 base knocks. Shortstop Brent Dlugach snapped out of a 2-for-20 slump with a RBI-double and a single.
The Tigers fell behind in the second inning when Indiana State manufactured a run in the second inning after Jake Eigsti led off the frame with a double. He scored on a RBI groundout by Ryan Bond after moving to third on a sacrifice bunt.
A pair of hits and two Tiger errors allowed Indiana State to increase its lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Eigsti scored his second run of the game after singling and Ryan Bond added an RBI groundout.
Memphis staged its first of three two-out rallies in the top of the fifth to cut the Sycamores' lead to 3-2. Shortstop Brent Dlugach doubled home Michael Lewis and scored on a RBI single by Chad House.
Lewis provided the game-tying run in the sixth after lacing a two-out double down the leftfield line that scored Adam Amar all the way from first. Amar reached on the Sycamores' third error of the night.
The Sycamores took a 4-3 lead in their half of the eighth. Josh Prickett led off the frame with a double and scored on a throwing error by reliever Corey Kines.
The lead was short-lived for the Sycamores as the Tigers put together another two-out rally scoring five runs in the ninth to grab an 8-4 lead. House tied the game with his second RBI-single and Josh Payne and Kurt Welch each added bloop RBI-singles.
Amar, who had his fourth multiple-hit game of the season, capped the inning off with a RBI-double. Welch scored on the play after a throwing error by ISU centerfielder Michael Miller.
Kines (1-0) notched his first win of the season after allowing an unearned run on two hits in three innings of work. Senior Nick Bradshaw made his first start for the Tigers after a pair of relief appearances. The righthander earned a no decision after allowing three runs and six hits in five innings of work. Bill Edwards pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Tigers.
Joe Thatcher took the loss after starter Matt Zaleski went eight strong innings allowing three runs on seven hits. Thatcher (0-1) gave up the five ninth-inning runs on six hits.
Lewis and designated hitter Patrick Hope also had two hits a piece for the Tigers.
The Tigers return to action against Western Illinois Friday the challenge with first pitch set for 7 p.m. at USA Stadium.